April 26, 2013

April Showers Bring May Flowers
Take a look at the latest events at the CCTS:


Wednesday, May 1

Focus on Faculty: Suzy Young, Vice Chancellor for Research,  UA system, will present an information session titled, "Doing Business with the Government," to include processes, opportunities, R&D priorities, budgets, technology transition, etc. This should allow our investigators to learn what opportunities may be available in Huntsville with both DoD and NASA. The lecture will be in Heritage Hall, room 104 at 4 p.m. on May 1. This presentation is offered exclusively to our faculty.


Thursday, May 2

1-2 p.m.

School of Nursing, Room 1020




Lynda Law Wilson, RN, PhD, FAAN, SON and Haiyan Qu, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, School of Health Professions, recently served as reviewers for the Health Disparities Panel for the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). Come hear their presentation, "Perspectives from a Reviewer of the PCORI Health Disparities Grants," about the PCORI review process and tips for developing proposals. Attendance is free.


Thursday, May 9

Systems BioMedicine Symposium

8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

The Edge of Chaos (4th floor, Lister Hill Library)


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.


Registration is free and seating is limited. Click here to register.

Brought to you by the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Center for Clinical and Translational Science.  If you have any questions, please contact Spira Steyn, 5-0438, spira@uab.edu.

Summer Short Course in Statistical Genetics

UAB's 3rd Annual NIGMS-funded Short Course on Statistical Genetics & Genomics

July 8-12, 2013 

Focusing on the state-of-art methodology to analyze complex traits, this five-day course will offer an interactive program to enhance researchers' ability to understand & use statistical genetic methods, as well as implement & interpret sophisticated genetic analyses. Limited number of Travel Fellowships & Bursary Service Awards available, see website for details. Only participants residing in the US are eligible for Travel Fellowships! For more details & registration, please visit us here.


Call for Submissions: AAMC Collaboration with Khan Academy, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The Association of American Medical Colleges, Khan Academy, and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) announced a collaboration to provide free, online resources to help students prepare for the revised Medical College Admission Test� (MCAT�) that will be administered in 2015.


To develop the new resources, the three organizations are sponsoring a competition to encourage medical students, graduate students, residents and faculty to create educational tutorials about concepts that will be tested by the new MCAT exam.


Contest submissions are now being accepted! Online video submissions will be accepted through June 14, 2013. To view the press release; to view full contest rules, submission guidelines, and criteria for entry.


CCTS Panels

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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. 


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 May and beyond, visit our Announcements page.


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