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We'd like to take a moment to thank  all of our faculty, staff, Partners, trainees, and the many others who helped contribute to our recent renewal application. We are so grateful for your tireless effort in assisting us to gather everything required to submit a major application such as this. In particular, we recognize the following sleep-deprived individuals:


Cheryl Perry, CCTS Administrative Director

Jennifer Croker, Director, Research Commons 

Melissa McBrayer, Director, Training Academy
Ryan Outman, Deputy Director, COERE 


If you see one of these people soon, buy them a cup of coffee (they need it!). Thanks again to everyone who assisted in this effort and for supporting the CCTS.




Present Your Research at Translational Science 2015

Translational Science 2015, sponsored by the Association for Clinical and Translational Science (ACTS) and the American Federation for Medical Research (AFMR), will be held Thursday, April 16, through Saturday, April 18, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington D.C. This meeting offers a variety of ways for you to share your experiences, challenges and fresh approaches with professional from around the country.

ACTS is accepting abstracts for consideration from all levels of training, including:

  • Pre-Doctoral Trainee (TL1 Scholar): Students conducting research who are recipients of an NIH CTSA funded TL1 Clinical Research Training Award
  • Pre-Doctoral Trainee (T32, F32, Foundation, Intramural or other): All other Pre-Doctoral students conducting research.
  • Post-Doctoral Trainee (T32, F32, Foundation, IDEA, Intramural awards): All post doctoral trainees and clinical fellows conducting research
  • KL2 or IDEA Funded Scholar: Junior faculty conducting research who are funded by a NIH KL2 (institutional) award or an IDEA Grant.
  • K-Funded Scholar: Faculty conducting research who are funded by a NIH K12 (institutional) award, or any other K series awards.
  • Mid-Career and Senior Scientists: Individuals conducting research who are mid career, senior level faculty/staff scientists.
  • Education/Career Development: Individuals designing, planning executing, administrating career development programs

Abstract Submission Categories

Prepare your abstract submission for one of the following categories:

  • Best Practices/ Resources
  • Clinical Epidemiology
  • Clinical Trial
  • Ethics
  • Health Services Research
  • Methodology
  • Outcomes Research
  • Mechanistic Basic to Clinical

Distinct categories have been developed for those submitting under the Education/Career Development distinction which include the following:

  • Collaboration/Team Science
  • Education / Program Innovation
  • Mentoring
  • Career Development

Submit your presentation abstract to the Translational Science 2015 Abstract Submission site by Tuesday, January 20, 11:59 EST.


Contact the CCTS with your ideas for submission: ccts@uab.edu, (205) 934-7442.





Seminars, Symposia and Conferences

CCTS/CTO Research Seminar Series

Critical research implementation and management topics will be presented on the first and third Thursday at noon in PCAMS (1924 7th Avenue South). These topics will be of interest and relevance specifically to clinical research personnel including investigators, regulatory personnel, study coordinators and financial administrators. The goal of this new program is to fill in the gaps in information related to the implementation of clinical trials that have been identified by investigators and their research teams. Presented by Penny Jester, co-director UAB Clinical Trials Office. 




January Theme: CT.gov

Topic: An overview of the why and how of clinicaltrials.gov reporting

Courses are not sequential and can be attended separately.d

Thursday, January 22


"How to Report Results"


Beginning in February, CMEs will be provided.

Partners: Please join us remotely via GoToMeeting:

Seminars, Lectures & Workshops

Monday, January 26
The Edge of Chaos at UAB Lister Hill Library, Fourth Floor Atrium
1700 University Boulevard

Linking sample acquisition, bioinformatics and statistics to investigate the role of complex microbial communities in health and disease
The workshop provides an opportunity for investigators who are currently using, considering to use, or curious about microbiome analysis to meet with the local experts at UAB and discuss how to further their own research with this technology. This event is free and open to faculty, staff, and trainees. Register to participate! Lunch will be provided to those registered for the event.
Presented by the NIAMS-funded UAB Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Center (MCRC; P60 AR064172), the Comprehensive Arthritis, Musculoskeletal, Bone and Autoimmunity Center, the CCTS, and the Center for AIDS Research.

Mon-Fri, January 26th-30th
Genetics and Genomics in Clinical Research 

Genomics Immersion Course



Location: Edge of Chaos

1700 University Blvd. 4th floor

Birmingham AL 35294


$50 - Faculty

$25 -Post-Doc

$10 - Students


This course will review the principles, major technologies, and experimental approaches in genetics and genomics through both lectures and hands-on activities. Course will be taught by Department of Genetics and HudsonAlpha faculty. CME credit application submitted. Registration information will follow. Please save your spot by emailing Shaila Handattu at hande@uab.edu.



Wednesday, January 28

School of Medicine State of the School

Margaret Cameron Spain Auditorium


Click here to see a video by Dean Selwyn Vickers, and to submit a question to be addressed at the event.


Friday, January 30

UAB SOM Best Medicine Show


Boutwell Auditorium


Students from the UAB School of Medicine take the stage Friday, Jan. 30,  at the Boutwell Auditorium for  The Best Medicine Show, an annual philanthropic event showcasing the students' creative sides with short digital films, music and dance. Proceeds from the event go to Equal Access Birmingham, a student-run program that operates a free primary care clinic for underserved people in the Birmingham area.

Hosted by the School of Medicine Student Senate, the show is an opportunity for students to use their ideas poking fun at medical student life and turn those ideas into live acts, songs and videos. Live talent for the show includes dance groups, bands, singers, comedy acts and more. Click here for tickets, info.


PLUS: The School of Medicine Annual Report 2013-14 is now available online: Click here.


Tuesday, February 17

SciENcv Biosketch Development Workshop 


PCAMS, 1924 7th Avenue South


The NIH is requiring biosketches to be in a new format for any materials being submitted after May 25, 2015. Lee Vucovich of Lister Hill Library will provide information on the development of biosketches using SciENcv. Please bring your laptop.  The last half of the session will be for hands-on help.   


Monday, March 16

UAB World Rare Disease Day Symposium


Children's Harbor, 1600 6th Avenue South, #200

For more information, contact Shaila P. Handattu (hande@uab.edu)



Tues-Wed, March 17-18

10th Annual UAB Health Disparities Research Symposium 2015   

"The Science of Health Disparities: From Social Causes to Personalized Medicine" 

 DoubleTree Hotel, 808 20th Street South




Click Here to: View Abstract GuidelinesSubmit an AbstractRegister for the Event


Check out the CCTS Funding Opportunities page on our website. 



Shared Instrumentation Grant (SIG) Program (S10) 

*Please read the RFA carefully and start planning now.



DEADLINE: May 29, 2015, by 5pm EST


The Shared Instrument Grant (SIG) program encourages applications from groups of NIH-supported investigators to purchase or upgrade a single item of expensive, specialized, commercially available instruments or integrated systems that cost at least $50,000. The maximum award is $600,000. Types of instruments supported include, but are not limited to: X-ray diffraction systems, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and mass spectrometers, DNA and protein sequencers, biosensors, electron and confocal microscopes, cell-sorters, and biomedical imagers. - See more at: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-15-088.html#sthash.zmQ3EbsL.dpuf


UCEM logo

Post-Doctoral Training Program

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.


Learn more about the program under Training Opportunities at  www.uab.edu/exercise.


Program Director:

Marcas M Bamman, PhD

Professor, Departments of Cell, Developmental, and Integrative Biology, and Medicine

Director, UAB Center for Exercise Medicine


Executive Committee:

David Standaert, MD, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Neurology

David Brown, PT, PhD, Professor and Director, Rehabilitation Science predoctoral program

Lou Dell'Italia, MD, Professor, Division of Cardiovascular Disease, Department of Medicine

Amie Brown McLain, MD, Professor and Chair, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation




Contact the CCTS Research Commons (ccts@uab.edu; 4.7442) to learn more. Visit the site now for these and ongoing additions to the list!


Epidemiology/Biostatistics Clinic in The Edge of Chaos


This clinic provides the UAB community access to epidemiology and biostatistics resources.  Available most Mondays, 10am-2pm in The Edge of Chaos (Lister Hill Library, 4th floor).  Check the Edge of Chaos calendar for confirmation of meeting dates and times. 


UAB CCTS Biostatistics Clinic                                                    


Weekly Wednesdays, 11:30am-1pm

January 21, 28 

PCAMS Building 1924 7th Avenue South


The Biostatistics Clinic is open to all faculty members, post-docs, fellows, residents, and students. Attendees are invited to bring statistical and methodological questions about on-going research projects, projects being planned, manuscripts in progress, responses to peer reviewers, and published articles. They are also invited to bring their laptops. Assistance will be provided by members of the CCTS BERD group. A light lunch is served.  


BERD Design Consultation Available Today

In support of Pilot & Feasibility Projects, the CCTS is offering design consultation through its Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Research Division (BERD).  A team of methodologists, including experts in Epidemiology (Gerald McGwin, Russell Griffin), Biostatistics (Robert Oster, David Redden, Leslie McClure, Paul Lin), and Statistical Genetics (Hemant Tiwari, Xiangqin Cui) are available to collaborate in the design of  the pilot proposals as well as in their review.  If other methodological expertise is required in the project design, the BERD will recruit the required expertise from among the network of UAB methodologists.


Please contact the BERD and request design consultation by emailing bstchair@uab.edu, calling 

(205) 934-4905 or connecting through Research Commons on the CCTS home page. 


UAB will be closed Monday, January 19, in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Celebrate with a day of service; learn of opportunities here.
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