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RESEARCH in the Emory University School of Medicine October 28, 2010. Carolyn C. Meltzer, MD, FACR William P. Timmie Professor and Chair Associate Dean for Research and Ray Dingledine , PhD Professor and Chair of Pharmacology Executive Associate Dean for Research.

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research in the emory university school of medicine october 28 2010

RESEARCH in the Emory University School of Medicine October 28, 2010

Carolyn C. Meltzer, MD, FACR

William P. Timmie Professor and Chair

Associate Dean for Research


Ray Dingledine, PhD

Professor and Chair of Pharmacology

Executive Associate Dean for Research

over the next 20 minutes

Overview SOM Research Office

  • Research Resources and How to Find Them
  • Plans, Strategies, Challenges and Opportunities for Biomedical Research at Emory

Over the Next 20 Minutes…


School of Medicine

Office of Research and Strategic Initiatives

Ray Dingledine

Exec Assoc Dean for Research

Jeff Lennox

Assoc Dean for

Clinical Research

Carolyn Meltzer

Assoc Dean for Enabling Technologies

Patricia Haugaard

Assistant Dean for Research Admin

Mary DeLong

Assistant Dean for Postdoctoral Educatiom

Mike Huerkamp

Director of Animal Resources

Chuck Elliott



Kelly Shaw

Project Coord. & AA support

  • SOM Cores:
  • Integrated EM
  • Flow cytometry
  • Transgenic mouse & gene targeting
  • Proteomics
  • Center for Systems Imaging
  • Bimcore

Darryl Barr

Associate Director

Research Admin

Sherie West

Financial Analyst

Michael Hart

Assoc Chief of Staff for VAMC Research


Functions of the SOM Office of Research

and Strategic Initiatives

  • Oversight of reporting units
    • Department of Animal Resources
    • Clinical Research Office (shared)
    • SOM IT
    • Post doc office
  • Management of research cores*
  • Policies and administrative support for
    • Research space management
    • Large grants, bridge funding, foundation award nominations
    • Compliance
  • Research Strategic Planning
nih funding emory som 1996 2010
NIH Funding Emory SOM 1996-2010

Annual growth of 11.7% over a 14 year period

NIH Ranking 31 30 24 24 23 23 23 21 23 19 19 18 18 15 16(proj.)

Source: NIH; *preliminary data; grants only


Alternative growth trajectories

NIH grew 6.4% between

2003 and 2008

som research strategic plan co chairs dingledine meltzer
SOM Research Strategic Plan(co-chairs: Dingledine/Meltzer)

Build on Research Mission to:

CREATE innovative, collaborative discovery programs that

ADVANCEhealth by prevention, early detection and treatment, and

INSPIRE progress through medical research.

2009 Vision

By 2015, Emory University School of Medicine will have had substantial impact on the understanding of human disease and enhancement of human health, and will be recognized as one of the top 10-15 research-intensive medical schools in the country.

som research strategic plan co chairs dingledine meltzer1
SOM Research Strategic Plan(co-chairs: Dingledine/Meltzer)
  • Emphasis on
    • Partnerships – e.g. Georgia Tech, CDC, EHC
    • Infrastructure – decrease barriers
    • Achievement – “Mindshare”, Celebrate Gamechangers

Strategic approaches to vision


Enhance knowledge,

Improve health


Achievement, Infrastructure, Partnerships

Team Science

Top 10 in

NIH awards


Build Critical Mass

Top 10 in

NIH awards



SOM Research Plan Strategic Initiatives

  • 1. Culture: Recognize Discovery & Achievement
    • Foster cultural shift from exclusive reliance on financial metrics to including identification of specific research achievements
  • 2. Research Infrastructure
      • Invest in growth and and integration of infrastructure:
      • Regulatory consolidation and administrative process improvement
      • Integration of IS systems in support of research
      • Sustainable core facilities
      • New research space needs
  • 3. Partnerships & Programmatic Growth
    • - Align and integrate clinical and research activities
      • - Further leverage unique partnerships to produce sustained competitive advantage in key areas
  • - Strengthen platform/enabling technologies
som research strategic plan
SOM Research Strategic Plan
    • Strengthen research core facilities
  • Provide both developing technologies and research service functions within core facilities
  • Implement sustainability planning in order to keep established cores innovative and competitive
  • Consider core models that provide access beyond the SOM (eg, university, regional or national consortia)
  • Provide incentives for the creation of successful value-added cores
  • Provide support for core-dependent grant applications
comparing apples to apples or when is a core a service center
Comparing Apples to Apples:(or….When is a “Core” a Service Center?)
  • NIH Definitions:
    • Core
      • Shared piece of equipment or facility
      • No fees charged
    • Service Center
      • Shared equipment or facility for which fees are charged to support the cost of running the equipment or facility
      • Service Centers are subject to federal regulations (OMB circular A21) if any fees are paid from a federal grant or contract

Most of the time when we use the term “core labs”, we are actually are referring to service centers

som core lab facilities
SOM Core Lab Facilities
  • Substantial revisions of the SOM Core Labs past 4 yrs
    • Many older facilities phased out depending on user base, revenue trends
    • More shared facilities
  • A 2006 SOM Research Core Resource Task Force:
      • Complementary constructs:
        • Service Cores
        • Emerging Technologies
      • Strengthened annual progress review process
      • Long term financial/strategic planning
      • RFA for new pilot cores (not implemented)
current som core lab facilities
Current SOM Core Lab Facilities
  • SOM Cores
    • BIM Core
    • BITC
    • Flow Cytometry
    • Behavioral Core
    • Genomics Core
  • Affiliate SOM Cores (i.e., Shared support)
    • Transgenic Mouse Core (WCI)
    • Proteomics Core (Neurology)
    • Center for Systems Imaging (Radiology, WHSC, EU)
    • Robert Apkarian Electron Microscopy Facility (College)
purpose of the ctsas
Purpose of the CTSAs

U54 Consortium designed to transform how clinical and translational research is conducted, ultimately speeding bench-to-bedside translation of discoveries by:

  • Encouraging the development of new methods and approaches to clinical and translational research
  • Improving the training and mentoring to ensure that new investigators can navigate the increasingly complex research system
  • Designing new and improved clinical research informatics tools
  • Assembling interdisciplinary teams that cover the complete spectrum of medical research
  • Forging new partnerships with private and public health care organization
goals of the actsi
Goals of the ACTSI
  • Support cross-cutting scientific discovery, innovative initiatives, and their translation to humans through novel and emerging technologies
  • Establish a culture of community engagement and communication in clinical and translational research
  • Build upon, enhance, and expand successful education programs, clinical research curricula, mentoring, training, and career development

Interdisciplinary Programs

and Strategic Themes of Atlanta-CTSI

Emerging Technologies





And Vaccines

Animal Models and






Life Sciences




and Repair

actsi s translational technologies and resources ttr program
ACTSI’s Translational Technologies and Resources (TTR)) Program

Enhance existing core capabilities

Bridge funding (Coulter-like program in development)

Proof-of-Principle Fund

Rapid identification/acquisition of new technologies

Support biomedical symposia

Disseminate resource information

Bridging technologies to translation

Resource Web Portal

Educational Programming

Facilitate access to resources

Provide training opportunities



Foster collaborations

Support methods validation / development

Pilot Studies Fund

ttr proof of principle fund
TTR Proof-of Principle Fund
  • Georgia Research Alliance (GRA) Funds
  • Internal (Emory) Matching Funds
  • $200K per year
  • Proposed investments:
  • Biostatistics Core
  • New service core facilities
  • Sustainability for existing cores
  • “Valley of Death” funding
  • Coulter-like program (in development)
  • $500K per year
  • Annual RFA process
  • TTR Internal Advisory Committees reviews applications and makes recommendation
ttr proof of principle fund1
TTR Proof-of Principle Fund

New Technology Investments To Date:

  • Deltavisiondeconvolution microscope
  • Next-generation sequencing core capabilities
  • Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) hardware and software
  • Enhanced proteomics capabilities at Morehouse School of Medicine
  • Multispectral in vivo fluorescence imaging system for small animals
  • RainDance 1000 microdroplet generator (for multiplex PCR)
  • Carl Zeiss PALM System (for super-resolution molecular imaging)
  • Autoloader and fluidics station to upgrade the Affymetrics platform
  • Magnetic resonance spectroscopic (MRS) data analysis software


Animal models of humandisease


Drug Discovery and High-throughput technologies


Immunology/ Vaccine

ACTSI Translational Technology Program

Focus Areas aligned with ACTSI themes

a unique technology

April 8, 2010

Featured Speaker

Bernd Pichler, PhD

Department of Radiology

University of Tübingen

A Unique Technology
  • MR/PET symposium a success!
emory s approach to the access barrier
Emory’s Approach to the “Access Barrier”
  • Core Newsletter
  • SOM and ACTSI Websites
  • eBIRT
    • electronic Biomedical Interactive Resource Tool
    • development supported through ACTSI
    • platform for context-based searching of research-related services and content to connect researchers to people and resources
biomedical interactive resource tool ebirt

Facilitating Discovery

Biomedical Interactive Resource Tool (eBIRT)
  • First release version launched March 12th, 2010
    • Includes lab services, equipment, material, software, training, and other resource types
    • 650+ unique visitors since March 2010 launch
  • Currently 54 core resources from across ACTSI institutions (and growing)
  • Roadmap for version 2 is under development

Henry M. Blumberg, MD, Program Director

  • Master of Science in Clinical Research Program
      • Introduction to Clinical and Translational Research
      • Analytic Methods for Clinical and Translational Research I and II
      • Biostatistics
      • Data Management
      • Community Engagement/Health Disparities in Clinical Research
      • Clinical Trial Design and Analysis
      • Scientific and Grant Writing for Clinical and Translational Research
      • Fundamentals of Bioinformatics
      • Clinical Research Colloquium
      • Analysis of Clinical Research Data
      • Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues of Responsible Clinical Research
      • Rotation in the Clinical Interaction Network (CIN)
      • Rotation on the Institutional Review Board (IRB)
    • Electives include Behavioral Science and Health Education, Bioinformatics, Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Health Policy and Management, and Biology and Biological Sciences
nih grant mechanisms
NIH Grant Mechanisms
  • Career Development Awards (K-Series)
  • Research Grants (R-Series)
  • Research Training and Fellowships (T & F Series)
  • Program Project and Center Grants (P-Series)
  • Cooperative Agreements (U-Series)

Ethical Conduct of Research by Faculty

  • Authorship
  • Mentorship
  • Conflict of Interest
    • Disclosure vs reporting
  • Medical Professionalism
  • Informed Consent

Resource through ACTSI website:

“Ethical Dilemma of the Week”


Team Science Support through SOM

  • Up to $10K Team Science Support (“butt kicker”)
  • Bridge funding
  • Matching funds - individually assessed

Areas of Research Strength at Emory

  • Neurosciences
  • Vaccine – immunology – infectious disease
  • Cardiology
  • Transplantation – regenerative medicine
  • Rising quickly
  • Cancer
  • Drug discovery
  • Inflammation
  • Genetics
  • Informatics
  • Imaging

Research Resources

  • Clinical Research Office (Jeff Sands, Carlton Dampier, Robin Ginn)
  • CTSA (David Stephens)
  • Assistance with grant applications (Trish Haugaard)
  • Research core facilities (Carolyn Meltzer) (
  • Proteomics
  • Genomics
  • Flow cytometry
  • Electron Microscopy
  • Center for Systems Imaging (MRI, PET)
  • Transgenic mouse
  • (29 other departmental or shared cores)
  • General information