June 28, 2013


Have a Happy and Safe July 4th!

Special Update: Institute of Medicine Report on CTSAs
On Tuesday, June 25, the Institute of Medicine at the behest of NIH issued a report on the CTSA Program entitled: The CTSA Program at NIH: Opportunities for Advancing Clinical and Translational Research.  IOM report
(Click here to read the full text of the report.)  
The report's overall message is very positive and supportive of the CTSA program. The following are 7 recommendations offered by NCATS Director Christopher Austin, MD, to build on the successes of the CTSA program and realize its full potential for transforming clinical and translational science for the benefit of human health:

1) Strengthen the leadership of the CTSA program by NCATS
2) Reconfigure and streamline the CTSA Consortium
3) Build on the strengths of individual CTSAs across the spectrum of clinical and translational research
4) Formalize and standardize the evaluation processes for individual CTSAs and the CTSA program
5) Advance innovation in education and training programs
6) Ensure community engagement in all phases of research
7) Strengthen clinical and translational research relevant to child health
Visit our website to read the full text of the report. A summary can be found here, along with a FAQ on the IOM report.




Through July 31 

Biomedical Informatics Summer Seminar Series

Shelby Building, Room 105 

This 1-credit course will consist of a series of seminars, presentations and online lectures covering key topics in biomedical and health informatics for clinical and translational science researchers and the resources related to these topics at UAB. There will be reading materials accompanying the presentations.  There are a total of five live seminars and two online lectures. Each session will be approximately 1 hour. The seminars will take place on Wednesdays from 3-4 p.m.  Online presentations will be available on weeks when there are no live presentations. Interested in receiving credit? Email Eta S. Berner, EdD, Course Director, at eberner@uab.edu.  

For a complete schedule of presentations click here.  


Thursday, July 11
Professional Skills Training Program: Drug Discovery and Development
8-9:30 a.m.
West Pavilion, Room E
Do you wonder where new drugs come from and how they make it to market? Join the UAB CCTS at our monthly Professional Skills Training Program on Drug Discovery and Development. Maaike Everts, PhDAssociate Director for Basic Science & Drug Development-UAB Center for Emerging Drug Discovery and Associate Director, Alabama Drug Discovery Alliance, will describe of the various general steps of the drug discovery and development pathway, with a focus on high throughput screening.

For more information and to register, click here.

Tuesday, July 16
CCTS Forum
4:45-6 p.m.
Pittman Center for Advanced Medical Studies (PCAMS)

Please plan to join us for food, drink and conversation at the next CCTS Forum on Tuesday, July 16th in PCAMS. Refreshments will be followed by a discussion of the recently released IOM report on the CTSA program and our related opportunities. Please add this important discussion to your calendars and plan to attend.   

Friday, July 19 & Tuesday, July 23

"Changes in the NIH Public Access Policy and MyNCBI"

Noon-1 p.m.Pittman Center for Advanced Medical Studies (PCAMS)
1924 7th Avenue South
Don't miss this crucial workshop, presented by Lee Vucovich, Assistant Director for Reference Services, Lister Hill Library, explains the importance of compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy and My NCBI, including how to create and update your personal profile. Lunch is served. Click here to register today! 
For more information about the workshop and materials covered visit the UAB CCTS Training Academy.
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Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute Update

After two rounds of awards under its broad National Research Priorities, PCORI is getting specific in its funding announcements. In recent weeks, PCORI signed an agreement with the National Institute on Aging, part of the National Institutes of Health, to develop a funding opportunity on preventing fall-related injuries in older adults. They also issued a PCORI Funding Announcement (PFA) for studies of ways to address uncontrolled asthma in African Americans and Hispanics/Latinos. In addition, our Board of Governors approved our moving ahead on plans to work with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to study the effectiveness of therapies for uterine fibroids. See the details in a recent post on the PCORI Blog.

Do you know of good candidates to be reviewers of PCORI funding proposals or interested in being a reviewer yourself? July 1 is the deadline for applying to serve on one of the review panels that will meet this fall to assess applications for PCORI's August 2013 cycle of PFAs. Patients and other stakeholders join scientists in helping us ensure that the research we fund is both scientifically rigorous and truly patient-centered. Find out more here.
On July 9, PCORI will host a one-hour webinar to present results of a survey of patients and clinicians assessing their views on comparative effective research and engagement in research. Expert panelists will put the findings in context.  See more details, and register to join in.
The Improving Healthcare Systems program will convene a multi-disciplinary workgroup on July 12 to identify unanswered questions that are important to patients and other stakeholders when deciding whether to participate in transitional care programs as they move from hospital to home. The one-day meeting will be available via webinar. 


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


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