May 3, 2013

May Days
What's on tap at the CCTS:


Wednesday, May 8

(Repeats Wed., May 22)

Bi-Weekly Biostatistics Clinic

11:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m.


Pittman Center for Advanced Medical Studies (PCAMS), 

1924 7th Avenue South


Need statistical help for your research? On the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month, the CCTS offers a walk-in clinic where a team of biostatisticians is available to assist with study design and methods. These drop-in clinics are designed for investigators needing assistance with:

  • Study Design
  • Sample Size and Power Calculations
  • Data Analysis
  • Display of Data and Results
  • Interpretation of Results
  • Statistical Software
Open to all faculty members, post-docs, fellows, residents, and students. Assistance will be provided by members of the CCTS BERD group. Investigators with specific questions to be addressed at the clinic are also welcome to send their questions, draft manuscripts, draft project proposals, and de-identified datasets in advance to Dr. Bob Oster with a copy to Dr. Jerry McGwin. For more information click here.

PCORI Information Sessions
Tuesday, May 7
11 a.m. in Medical Towers Room 634

This first session will include applicants and reviewers from the three cycles of PCORI PFAs. They will share their experiences with the PCORI application and review process and provide some of their takeaways on how to develop a PCORI application.  As part of the session, we will also share examples of reviews from cycle 1 as well as materials/instructions provided to PCORI reviewers.  


PCORI Monday, May 13

11 a.m. in Medical Towers 634

Dr. Beverly Thorn from UA-Tuscaloosa will be visiting UAB  She will present on "Reducing Disparities with Literacy-Adapted Psychosocial Treatments for Chronic Pain: Integrating Patient and Stakeholder Engagement into the Process."  Dr. Thorn was the only primary investigator in the State of Alabama to be funded during Cycle 1. 


For info about the presentations contact Ryan Outman, routman@uab.edu.

Thursday, May 9

Professional Skills Training Program

8-9:30 in West Pavilion Room E


Topic: "Beyond the Basics: Finding the Right Information Fast"

Presented by Lee Vucovich, Lister Hill Library

...in other words, how to find what you're looking for! The goal of this seminar is to introduce library tools and search strategies that result in quick, effective searches. Topics include finding articles, keeping up with the literature, finding journals to publish in, and author metrics. Vucovich will: 

  1. Compare three major research databases used to find biomedical literature  
  2. Demonstrate how to used databases effectively 
  3. Show tools that allow comparison of journals to guide publication choices
  4. Introduce innovative tools to keep current with new publications
 Click here to register now for this free event!


Thursday, May 9 

Systems BioMedicine Symposium

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

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


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


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. Questions? Contact Spira Steyn, 5-0438, spira@uab.edu.


Tuesday, May 14

UA System Chancellor Robert Witt to speak to faculty 

The Faculty Senate will host University of Alabama System Chancellor Robert Witt at a special meeting scheduled for 7:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 14 in the Alumni House. All faculty and students are welcome. This is a great opportunity to interact with Chancellor Witt and learn about his vision for UAB and the future plans of the University of Alabama System. To learn more visit: https://www.uab.edu/news/reporter/people/item/3426-ua-system-chancellor-robert-witt-to-speak-to-faculty-may-14.


Friday, May 31

Workshop: Design of Pilot Studies 



Ryals Public Health Building, Room107


This seminar will focus on the how to write specific aims and to propose analyses that are appropriate for pilot studies. It will emphasize that pilot studies are primarily focused upon feasibility of proposed research (can it be done?), ability to recruit (can you get the subjects?), and ability to collect data (can you measure your outcome?). The seminar will also focus on how well-conducted pilot studies can springboard to larger research applications. Designed for new investigators (doctoral students. post doctoral fellows, and junior faculty) who are preparing to pilot study applications.


Brought to you by the NIAMS Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Center & the Center for Clinical and Translational Science  Questions? Contact David Redden, PhD (dredden@uab.edu) or Jennifer Croker, PhD (jcroker@uab.edu). Flyer attached here.


Save the Date: 

Annual Alabama Drug Discovery Alliance Symposium

When: Friday June 14, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Where: the Edge of Chaos

Keynote: Dr. John C. Martin - CEO of Gilead Sciences Inc: "Nucleotide Antivirals:  From Research to Expanding Access"

Additional oral and poster presentations by ADDA grantees

Registration information to follow soon!

Summer Short Course in Statistical Genetics

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

July 8-12

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. 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.



Take Advantage of CCTS Panels

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Capture your grant reviewer's imagination

Consult with your peers to optimize content

Take your proposal from good to great

Stand apart from the rest

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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