May 17, 2013

Congratulations graduates! Here's the latest and greatest at the CCTS:


Tuesday, May 21

Southern Research Institute Cancer Research Seminar Series


Southern Research  

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. This month's speaker is Etty (Tika) Beneviste, PhD, Professor and Chairman of Department of Cell Biology; Associate Director, Basic Science Research, Comprehensive Cancer Center.

The seminars take place at noon in the Library Conference Room of Southern Research Institute, 2000 9th Avenue South, Birmingham. Lunch is provided.



Wednesday, May 22

CCTS Biostatistics Clinic

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

Biostats clinics  


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.


Friday, May 31

Workshop: Design of Pilot Studies 


9-11 a.m.

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.


Wednesday, June 12

K Club

5-6:30 p.m. in PCAMS


Featured Speaker: 

Tony Simons, PhD, Associate Professor, Organizational Management

School of Hotel Administration, Cornell University


Simons' research focus is trust, integrity, and conflict in executive groups and between employees and management. He teaches organizational behavior, negotiation and leadership. He is the author of The Integrity Dividend: Leading by the Power of Your Word. 

For more information on the K Club click here. 


Thursday, June 13

Professional Skills Training Program


8-9:30 a.m. in West Pavilion Room E

Topic: "Developing Scientific Presentations"

Presented by Stephen Glasser, Professor, School of Medicine, Division of Preventive Medicine, School of Public Health, Division of Epidemiology 
The goal of this workshop is simple: to provide the foundation for a good presentation, including pointers on PowerPoint slide development, and understanding the components of a presentation that keeps the audience interested and attentive. Click hereto register now for this free event!

Save the Date for Upcoming Events: 

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. 

There is room for a few additional poster presentations beyond ADDA-funded projects. If you are interested in presenting your drug discovery poster, please contact Maaike Everts at: maaike@uab.edu; you will receive confirmation by June 1st whether we can accommodate you.


To register and for additional information click here.


Mock Study Section: Training

Wednesday, June 26

8-10 a.m.

Ryals 407

The CCTS, Health Disparities Research, and Health Services/Outcomes Research training programs are jointly sponsoring a mock study section for investigators, trainees and other interested parties on campus. The purpose of the session is to demonstrate to early stage investigators what happens at a study section. Look for more information and registration to come.



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).

The next Nascent Project Panel takes place Wednesday, May 22 at 4 p.m. in PCAMS. To learn more about these and other opportunities, visit our Research Commons. 


NIH Funding Opportunities:


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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