July 19, 2013


Boost Your Mental Health this Weekend and Celebrate National Ice Cream Day on Sunday, July 21


There's even a bit of unscientific research if you feel the need to justify your cravings: According to a press release posted online for the Sacramento Bee, ice cream maker Baskin-Robbins has revealed what your favorite flavor says about you. http://www.sacbee.com/2013/07/16/5570032/baskin-robbins-reveals-what-your.html

A "taste": 
  • If your favorite flavor is vanilla, you're more likely to be impulsive, easily suggestible and an idealist.
  • If your favorite flavor is chocolate, you're more likely to be dramatic, lively, charming, flirtatious, seductive and gullible.

    Click here to read more, and enjoy!

Thanks for Joining Us!
Thank you to everyone who joined us on Tuesday, July 15, to discuss the details of the Institute of Medicine report on the CTSA Program
IOM report
(Click here to read the full text of the report.)  
A summary can be found here, along with a FAQ on the IOM report.

Next month's Forum will be held on Tuesday, August 20. We look forward to seeing you there.


"Color of Healthcare" Panel Discussion a Success
A team of panelists gathered at the McWane Science Center on Thursday, July 17, to discuss a panel the topic, "The Color of Healthcare," part of the traveling exhibit, "Race: Are We So Different?" at McWane Science Center.
The event featured Dr. Stefan Kertesz of UAB, Dr. Lonnie Hannon of Tuskeegee University, and Dr. Pamela Payne-Foster, Deputy Director of the Institute for Rural Health Research at the University of Alabama. Click here to see photos from the event. Developed by the American Anthropological Association in collaboration with the Science Museum of Minnesota, RACE is the first nationally traveling exhibition to tell the stories of race from the biological, cultural, and historical points of view. Combining these perspectives offers an unprecedented look at race and racism in the United States. The exhibit runs at McWane Science Center now through Sept. 20.


For a complete schedule of presentations click here.
Tuesday, July 23

"Changes in the NIH Public Access Policy and MyNCBI"

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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, where she 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.
Tuesday, July 30
Special Coordinated Works-In-Progress Seminar

"American Hernia Society Quality Collaborative"

11 a.m.-Noon
Medical Towers Room 634 (Lunch provided)
Presenter: Benjamin. K. Poulose, MD, MPH, FACS

Assistant Professor of Surgery

Vanderbilt University Medical Center

School of Medicine


This WIP seminar series is focused on projects in health services, outcomes and policy research and is jointly coordinated by the

UAB COERE, CERTs, LHC and the UAB CCTS. The seminars are held on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Tuesday of the month from 11am-12noon

and will rotate locations between Medical Towers, Faculty Office Towers and Ryals.


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.  


Thursday, August 8

Professional Skills Training Program: Developing Extramural Grant Applications (K Awards and R01s)

8-9:30 a.m.

West Pavilion Room E

Presented by David Chaplin, MD, PhD, Professor, School of Medicine

Director, CCTS Training Academy and Chair, GBS Steering and Oversight Committee


The goal of this session is to develop practical skills for developing and writing research plans for grant submission. Information will include introductory material on developing and writing specific aims, significance, innovation and approach and for K-applications the professional development component.


Register here today.

Thursday, August 15

Faculty Biostatistics Forum

10-11 a.m.

Medical Towers Room 634 

Join Alan Cantor, PhD, Professor, UAB Division of Preventative Medicine, as he presents, "A New Approach to the Design of Studies Based on the Log Rank Test."


The Faculty Biostatistics Forum brings together faculty biostatisticians and epidemiologists and offer a standing time for discussion of basic or advanced statistical and methodological problems in study design and data analysis. Speakers may be investigators who seek statistical advice or statisticians who want to present their own work on statistical applications to medical and public health research.

 If you would like to access this resource and schedule some time on the agenda for a future meeting, please contact Dr. Robert Oster:  oster@uab.edu, 205-934-3376 or 205-996-6122.


Interested in participating in the forums from outside the UAB campus? We can connect you via videoconference. Contact Christina Crowe, CCTS Media Specialist, at crowecm@uab.edu to facilitate the connection. 



Friday, August 23

Genetics and Genomics in Medical Practice: A One-Day Course
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
The Alumni House 
1301 10th Avenue South
Learn how genetics and genomics can be used in medical practice. Topics include newborn screening, perinatal diagnosis, pharmacogenetics, predictive testing, and new advances in genetic diagnosis across the lifespan, including whole genome sequencing. 

Up to 6.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits available; up to 6.5 Category 2 CEU Credits also available to genetic counselors

Register online at: www.uab.edu/medicine/geneticsCME.   
For more information, call 205-934-7299 or email questions to cbhurst@uab.edu

Registration Fee: $100 before August 1, 2013; $125 after July 31, 2013. 


New Journal Club: "Genetics & Genomics"

The UAB Department of Genetics is launching a new "Genetics and Genomics" Journal Club this Fall! It will be held Tuesday mornings at 10am in the Finley Conference Center and is open to all UAB faculty, post-docs, students, and staff.


If you are interested in attending this journal club, please fill out the brief form at the following link: http://adobe.ly/15Qpscp.


The mission of the Genetics & Genomics Journal Club is to provide a vibrant platform for presenting cutting edge and breakthrough research, which may include basic or clinical research and new methodologies or model systems. We would also like to encourage participants to present concepts and ideas based on published data from one or more laboratories as well as classic papers that were breakthroughs in a relevant field. The journal club can be used to generate new ideas, share scientific excitement, or as practice sessions for young scientists.


Questions? Email: genomics@uab.edu.

Post-Doctoral Training Opportunity: 
UAB Center for Exercise Medicine 
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Program Title: Interdisciplinary Training in Pathobiology and Rehabilitation Medicine

Grant Number: 1T32HD071866

Sponsor: NIH National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research



The overarching goal of this training program is to develop future leaders in translational rehabilitation research who are specifically equipped to test and disseminate novel rehabilitative strategies that will alleviate functional impairment and compromised life quality in the face of chronic disease management.  Exercise medicine is a major focus of this training program.



�Doctorate in a basic or applied biomedical science (e.g., PhD) or clinical doctorate (e.g., MD, DO).

�Interest in translational research ranging from mechanisms of disease pathobiology to rehabilitation strategies (e.g., exercise medicine, experimental therapeutics, device development).

�No more than 2 years of postdoctoral training.

�U.S. citizen or permanent resident.


Areas of Concentration:

�Neuromusculoskeletal disorders.

�Cardiometabolic diseases.

Cross-cutting themes with training opportunities include cancer and aging.



Learn more about the Center and training program at  www.uab.edu/exercise.



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


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