January 17, 2014
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Congratulations to Dr. Robert Kimberly, Director, UAB CCTS; Dr. Jeffrey Edberg, and their entire research team on today's story in Scientific American, "New Genetic Clue to Lupus is Found"

Genetic variations mean that some people have activating Fc receptors on their B cells (red) and are more likely to develop autoimmune diseases. 
Click here to read the full text of the article.

The UAB CCTS is sad to acknowledge the passing of Dr. James Pittman, for whom our headquarters, the Pittman Center for Advanced Medical Studies, is named. Read more about him here.




Tuesday, January 21

Coordinated Works in Progress (WIP) Seminars in Health Services, Outcomes and Policy Research


"The Perioperative Surgical Home Model: Undertaking a Clinical Proof of Concept Study"



Thomas R. Vetter, MD, MPH

Professor, Vice Chair and Director

Department of Anesthesiology

School of Medicine


The Edge of Chaos Atrium

4th floor, Lister Hill Library

(Lunch provided)


Wednesday, January 22

UAB CCTS Biostatistics Clinic

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

Pittman Center for Advanced Medical Studies (PCAMS) 

1924 7th Avenue South




Are you in need of some data analysis or research design assistance? 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  

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.  


Wednesday, January 23

UAB Center for Exercise Medicine Research Roundtable

7:30-8:45 a.m.

McCallum 901 conference room


Topic:  Genetic and Non-genetic Predictors of Exercise Adherence and Response: The Need for Rigorous Examination Among Patients


Discussion Leader: Matthew P. Herring, PhD

  Instructor, Department of Epidemiology


Coffee and light breakfast will be available.


Wednesday, January 29

UAB Center for Exercise Medicine

2013-14 Distinguished Lecture Series


"Exercise is Medicine: Integrating Physical Activity into Medical Schools"

Presented by Edward M. Phillips, MPH, PhD, FACSM

Director, Institute of Lifestyle Medicine

Assistant Professor, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Harvard University 

Volker Hall Lecture Room B 



For more information contact: exercise@uab.edu; 975-9042


Thursday, February 13

Professional Skills Training Program


"Team Science" led by 

Grant Savage, PhD,  

Professor, COLLAT School of Business


Anthony C. Hood, PhD

Assistant Professor, COLLAT School of Business

Department of Management, Information Systems & Quantitative Methods


11 am-12:15 pm 

West Pavilion, Room E  (lunch provided)                                                                              

To register: https://teamscience-pstp.eventbrite.com    



Are you a current School of Medicine Student, Resident, Fellow, or Faculty member who dabbles in the arts? 



Enter now to take part in the:


2014 School of Medicine Art Competition and Show


Now accepting entries from current SOM Students + Residents + Fellows & Faculty. Cash prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners as determined by a panel of judges. Awards announced at a reception on Thursday, March 13, 2014.


For rules and more information contact:

Stefanie Rookis, Curator, Alabama Museum of the Health Sciences: rookis@uab.edu934-4475; 300 Lister Hill Library.



Looking Ahead in 2014:


HudsonAlpha BioTrain Accepting Applications for 2014 Summer Internships

is happy to announce that the 2014 summer internship applications are now live. If you would like to view the positions available, please use the menu to the left or click 

hereApplications will be accepted January 15 - February 15, 2014. All applications must be received no later than February 15 at 5:00 PM. Applications must be submitted online. 

When you are ready, you may fill out and submit your application by clicking here.


For detailed descriptions of the internships, click here.

Translational Science
Conference Accepting Abstracts
Through January 29, 2014
There are just 
2 weeks left to submit your abstract for Translational Science 2014, sponsored by the
Association for Clinical and Translational Science (ACTS) and the American Federation for Medical Research (AFMR).


Among the distinguished scientists and leaders who will be presenting are:
  • Dr. Christopher Austin, Director of the National Center for Advancing Clinical and Translational Science (NCATS)
  • Dr. Bruce Gellin of the National Vaccine Program Office, US Department of Health and Human Services
  • Dr. John McKew of the National Center for Advancing Clinical and Translational Science (NCATS)
  • Dr. William Chin, Executive Vice President, Science and Regulatory Affairs, PhRMA
The program will include Mock Study Sections and Concurrent Sessions on "Scientific Misconduct: Pitfalls for the Junior Investigator," "How to Write a K Grant," "K to R" Mentoring to Success," "Pediatrics/Child Health," Academic Advancement for Translational Researchers," and "Serendipity in Science."  
New this year, a limited number of abstracts will be selected for oral presentations, in addition to poster sessions.

Submit your presentation abstract to  Translational Science 2014 Abstract Submission by Wednesday, January 29, 2014.



Request for Applications: 

The UAB Comprehensive Cardiovascular Center invites applications for the 
2014 Population/Clinical Science Pilot Grant

Deadline: 5pm CT, February 13, 2014

The Comprehensive Cardiovascular Center (CCVC) at UAB invites population and/or clinical interdisciplinary, multi-investigator research proposals that address critical issues relevant to cardiovascular disease. Areas of specific interest include Cardiac Reparative and Regenerative Medicine; Cardiovascular Risk Factors and Prevention; Hypertension, Heart Failure and Transplantation; Heart Rhythm and Arrhythmias; Valvular and Congenital Disease; and Vascular and Ischemic Heart Disease. 


If funded, the proposed start date of the CCVC Population/Clinical Science Pilot grant will be June 1st, 2014. It is anticipated that 1 pilot project with a budget not exceeding a total of $50,000 will be awarded based on merit and availability of funds. Awards are not renewable. Half the budget will be allocated at the outset of the award. To assure funding of the remaining budget for the second six-month period, awardees will be asked to provide a six-month interim report and presentation on project progress, as well as a one-year final report and presentation on accomplishments to the CCVC Steering Committee. Please read attachment for more information.


ADDA Request for PreProposals for Pilot Funding

The Alabama Drug Discovery Alliance, with the UAB CCTS and the Center for Emerging Drug Discovery (CEDD) plan to fund up to 2 pilot grants of up to $50,000 per year for 2 years. The process to apply is now a two-step system, requesting 2-page pre-proposals with a

deadline of Monday, February 17, 8:30 a.m.


More details can be found in the attached PDF. Please read this carefully and make sure your proposed project falls within the scope of the solicitation.


Selected pre-proposals will be invited to submit a full proposal due on April 14; funded projects will have a start date of July 1, 2014.


Request for Proposals: 

The UAB Hepato/Renal Fibrocystic Disease Core Center (UAB HRFDCC; P30 DK074038) invites brief proposals for Pilot and Feasibility studies in basic and translational research related to HRFD. Please see the attached announcement. Letters of Intent are due: February 17th, 2014.


For additional information, contact Bradley Yoder (byoder@uab.edu), Michal Mrug (mmrug@uab.edu) or Joanne Murphy-Ullrich (murphy@uab.edu). 


9th Annual Health Disparities Research Symposium: 
March 20 - Call for Abstracts
The UAB Health Disparities Research Symposium highlights the work of faculty and student investigators in the areas of basic science, clinical and translational science, social and behavioral sciences, outcomes research, and community-based research related to health disparities. Submissions in the areas listed below are encouraged:  Bio-physiological Mechanisms of Health Disparities * Behavioral Mechanisms of Health Disparities Gene-Environment Interaction and Health Disparities * Social Determinants of Health A Life-Course Approach to Health and Illness * Community-Based Approaches to Health Evidence-Based Strategies for Health Equity       DEADLINE: February 1, 2014.       
ELIGIBILITY: Abstracts must represent results of original research.  A presenting author is expected to register for and attend the symposium.  
See attached for more details on how to submit.


Call for Applications: UAB Center for Exercise Medicine Pre-Doctoral Training Program

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.


Application, Review, and Selection:

1.      Applicants should submit a letter of interest and CV to exercise@uab.edu.

2.      Applicants will be reviewed by the Executive Committee, followed by interviews of the top candidates.

3.      Select candidates will prepare an Individual Development Plan with the primary mentor and translational mentoring team. To learn more about the primary mentors and their research programs, click here.


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



Funding Opportunity: NSF Major Research Instrumentation Program Solicitation

The Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) serves to increase access to shared scientific and engineering instruments for research and research training in our Nation's institutions of higher education, and not-for-profit museums, science centers and scientific/engineering research organizations. This program especially seeks to improve the quality and expand the scope of research and research training in science and engineering, by supporting proposals for shared instrumentation that fosters the integration of research and education in research-intensive learning environments. Each MRI proposal may request support for the acquisition (Track 1) or development (Track 2) of a single research instrument for shared inter- and/or intra-organizational use; development efforts that leverage the strengths of private sector partners to build instrument development capacity at MRI submission-eligible organizations are encouraged. For more information click here.

Full Proposal Deadline (due by 5 p.m. proposer's local time):
January 23, 2014



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