August 2, 2013
The recently discovered "Highway from Hell" leads to this (Pretty spectacular, isn't it?).


Did you stop to admire a moth last week? This week scientists revealed, in an article in Nature, that the magma in a volcano can take a so-called "highway from hell" to fuel eruptions in a matter of months, not the thousands of years long believed to be the case. This finding could affect predictions of future eruptions.


Read the full story in this article by the Los Angeles Times, or check out the article by volcanologists from Columbia University published in the Aug. 1 issue of Nature. 



Tuesday, August 6
Special Coordinated Works-In-Progress Seminar

"Determinants of Achieving Target Serum Urate in Gout and Safety of Gout Treatments"

11 a.m.-Noon
Medical Towers Room 634 (Lunch provided)

Jasvinder Singh, MD, MPH

Associate Professor of Medicine


Scott Duvall, PhD 
Assistant Professor

Internal Medicine, University of Utah


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.


Tuesday, August 13

TIERS (Training Interdisciplinary Emerging Research Scholars)

5-6:30 p.m.

PCAMS, 1924 7th Avenue South


Please join us for cocktails and heavy hors d'oeuvres at the August TIERS meeting on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 from 5-6:30pm at the Pittman Center for Advanced Medical Studies (PCAMS), 1924 7th Avenue South.  

Jeffrey Engler, PhD, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the Graduate School will present: "Research Ethics: An Ongoing Training Process." 


Please register to attend this presentation no later than Thursday, August 8, 2013. 


Thursday, August 15

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. 

Tuesday, August 20
CCTS Forum
4:45-6 p.m.
Pittman Center for Advanced Medical Studies (PCAMS)
1924 7th Avenue South

Please join the CCTS for our monthly forum, a chance to discuss topics of current interest to the CCTS and UAB at large.  

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. 
Save the Date: Sept. 30-Oct. 1 Genetics & Genomics in Clinical Research Immersion Course
An Immersion Course for Investigators at UAB


NIH Announcement: Applications to Loan Repayment Programs Accepted Sept. 1-Nov. 15
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On July 16 NIH announced the next application cycle for the NIH Extramural Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs). If you are a researcher who has incurred significant educational debt, then the NIH LRPs are for you. Click here to visit the NIH page and learn more about qualifications and other details. 
Also: Check out this helpful Q&A from NIH Office of Extramural Research on: "How Can My Institution Support Public Access Compliance and Prevent Delays in Funding Due to Public Access Issues?" posted July 31, 2013. For more information visit the CCTS Training Academy page on the topic.
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.

Registration Now Open: UAB Center for Exercise Medicine Symposium, October 23
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Free registration and trainee abstract submission for the upcoming inaugural UAB Center for Exercise Medicine symposium, October 23, is now available.  There are several easy options to reach the "Register" button.  Click the Symposium banner announcement, the options in the left side grey box or SYMPOSIUM on the top bar.  Each will take you to the Registration and Abstract submission.


*Trainee Poster Competition*

3 Travel Awards

Abstract deadline 05 September 2013

Please encourage your trainees to present.

Scott K. Powers, Ed.D., PhD, UAA Endowed Professor and Distinguished Professor of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology will be our Keynote Speaker for this event. 


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



Post-Doctoral Training Opportunity: 
UAB Center for Exercise Medicine 

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 August and beyond, visit our Announcements page.


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