April 12, 2013
Spring is in the Air

Here's the latest at the CCTS:


Tuesday, April 16

Southern Research Institute Cancer Seminar Series

Southern Research Institute Cancer Research Seminars serve as a platform for scientists to present their research and exchange ideas on cancer research/cancer drug discovery. The seminar is hold at noon on the third Tuesday each month in the Library Conference Room, Southern Research Institute, 2000 9th Ave. S. Lunch is provided. On Tuesday, April 16, speaker Ghalib Alkhatib, PhD, Senior Research Fellow/Professor, Southern Research Institute, presents: "Cell Tropism by the Human T Cell Leukemia Virus Type 1." For more info and to see what's coming up in the series, click here. 


Wednesday-Friday, April 17-19

Translational Science 2013, the premier meeting for all aspects of translational science, will be held next week on April 17-19 in Washington, DC. The meeting starts with advocacy training and our traditional Congressional visits, and is followed by a new grants workshop and the opening reception. Highlights over the next two days include:

  • Plenary speakers such as Ezekiel Emanuel, MD, PhD, MPH; Christopher Austin, MD, Director of NCATS and others;
  • Concurrent sessions covering education, mentoring, biostatistics, working with the FDA, and research with patient groups, as well as with the Department of Defense, and many other topics;
  • New presentations by the Clinical Research Forum award-winning scientists (in collaboration with the Clinical Research Forum);
  • A session offering meetings with NIH and PCORI program officers.


Although pre-registration is closed, you can still register via fax or phone, following the directions on the meeting website.


Tuesday, April 23

Dr. Ann Bonham, Chief Scientific Officer at the AAMC, is a speaker at PCORI's upcoming roundtable discussion. Building a National Data Infrastructure to Advance Patient-Centered Comparative Effectiveness Research will be held Tuesday, April 23, 2013, 8-10 a.m. at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The focus of the roundtable is how to create a national data infrastructure to support high-quality patient-centered comparative effectiveness research (CER). The roundtable will also discuss PCORI's release of two funding announcements focused on development of research data networks. A total of $72 million is committed to this effort.

The venue is free and open to the public, but registration is required by Friday, April 19, 2013, 4 p.m., and may close early depending on when capacity is reached. A webcast will be available for those who can't attend in person. More information is available at pcori.org.


Friday, April 26

9-11 a.m., Ryals Public Health Building, room 107

Fundamentals of Data Management seminar, focusing on 

Friday, April 26, 2013


This seminar will focus on the essential strategies for conducting data management and the key decisions/elements for structuring a research database.  The seminar will emphasize that building a database is not equivalent to data management.  The seminar is designed for new investigators (doctoral students. postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty) who are conducting small to moderate size research.


Brought to you by the NIAMS Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Center & the Center for Clinical and Translational Science.  If you have any questions, please contact David Redden, PhD (dredden@uab.edu) or Jennifer Croker, PhD (jcroker@uab.edu)




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We invite you to visit our website to learn more about the variety of Nascent Project Panels (NPPs) and Panels Done Quickly (PDQs), which are designed to help investigators strengthen both their science and their applications.  The Panels complement each other, with the NPP providing feedback on a broad range of issues for application development and the PDQs providing more targeted assistance on a range of activities (e.g., project development, implementation, interpretation and/or dissemination).

To learn more about these and other opportunities, visit our Research Commons. The next Nascent Project Panel is scheduled for Wednesday, April 24, at 4 p.m. in the Shelby Building, room 318.


NIH Funding Opportunities:


From the Department of Health and Human Services:


Undiagnosed Diseases Gene Function Research (R21)


 Funding Opportunity RFA-RM-13-003 from the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts. This Developmental Research Funding Opportunity intends to support gene function studies in collaboration with the Undiagnosed Diseases Network (UDN) building upon the NIH Intramural Research Programs Undiagnosed Diseases Program (NIH-UDP). Responsive applications will propose to investigate the underlying genetics, biochemistry and/or pathophysiology of newly diagnosed diseases in association with the respective gene variant(s) identified through the UDN. In recent years, gene function studies combined with genetic and genomic analyses and metabolic studies have greatly improved diagnoses of these very rare diseases and advanced scientific knowledge of the underlying pathogenesis. This initiative is funded through the NIH Common Fund, which supports cross-cutting programs that are expected to have exceptionally high impact.

LOI Deadline: May 14, 2013

Application Deadline: June 14, 2013 


Informatics and Medicine: 

Genomic Medicine Pilot Demonstration Projects (U01)


The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to support a consortium of collaborative genomic medicine pilot Demonstration Projects designed to demonstrate the feasibility of, and develop methods for, incorporating an individual patient's genomic findings into his or her clinical care.   

LOI/Application Deadline: June 17, 2013



For more events and opportunities in April and beyond, visit our Announcements page.


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