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UAB CCTS Welcomes Dr. James Cimino
Director, Informatics Institute


The CCTS is proud to announce that James J. Cimino, M.D., has been named the inaugural director of the Informatics Institute in the School of Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The institute was established by the Board of Trustees of the University of Alabama System in June 2014.

Cimino, who previously was the chief of the Laboratory for Informatics Development at the National Institutes of Health's Clinical Center and a senior scientist at the National Library of Medicine, is a national leader in the burgeoning field of biomedical informatics. He is one of the few informaticians in the prestigious Institute of Medicine and co-editor of the most influential textbook on informatics, Biomedical Informatics: Computer Applications in Health Care and Biomedicine, Fourth Edition.

"We are extremely gratified that an informatician and physician of Dr. Cimino's caliber will lead our new Informatics Institute," said Selwyn Vickers, M.D., senior vice president and dean of the UAB School of Medicine. "Informatics is a relatively new, but incredibly important field, and its reach encompasses all aspects of medicine."


Cimino will also be co-director of the CCTS, which has a major on-campus presence in  informatics, providing the means to collect clinical data at the point of care and use those data for clinical, translational and outcomes research from bench to bedside and back. 

Click here to read the full story. Read this story about UAB and data-driven research in a recent issue of the US Chamber of Commerce's Business Horizon Quarterly magazine.

Are you a mentor? Do you want to learn how to be one?

Each April for the past couple of years, the 
Office of Postdoctoral Education together with the Vice Provost for Student and Faculty Success has facilitated a UAB Mentoring Academy for new and junior faculty from across campus. The purpose of this event is to provide these faculty with information about best mentoring practices as well as the nuts and bolts of hiring and training grad students and postdocs here at UAB.

This year, we are excited to announce that this event has evolved into a 'Mentoring Week' with the following activities planned:

Tuesday, April 21, Dr. Kenneth Gibbs from the NIH will serve as our keynote presenter and will speak on effective mentoring practices. This event will be held in the Edge of Chaos at noon and will be open to all trainees and faculty.

Wednesday, April 22, Theater Delta, from Raleigh, NC, will perform an interactive mentoring skit and Q&A session. This event will be held in Bevill Biomedical Research Building (BBRB), Room 170 at 12pm and will also be open to all trainees and faculty.

Thursday, April 23, the full-day Mentoring Academy will be begin at 9am in the DoubleTree Hotel and will include interactive discussions and networking opportunities for participants; it will end at approximately 4pm. This day will be open to only new and junior faculty from across campus who have either been nominated by you or signed up directly.

Space for the all-day 'Mentoring Academy' on April 23rd will be limited. If you are interested in having any of your new and junior faculty participate and/or have questions about this event, email Lisa Schwiebert at lschwieb@uab.edu.



***You've got a few more days! MONDAY, JANUARY 26, is ABSTRACT SUBMISSION DEADLINE***


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. 





February Theme: Proper Reporting and Documentation


Topic: This program will provide an overview of the reporting SAEs and how to appropriately use Notes to File.  Tools and checklists will be provided. The Journal club will provide a review of relevant literature.  Courses are not sequential and can be attended separately.


Attendees: Investigators, Research nurse coordinators and managers, research nurses, and administrators.


Thursday, Feb. 5


SAE Reporting: How to Manage


Thursday, Feb. 12


Journal Club


Thursday, Feb. 19


Proper Use of Notes to File 

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. The event will be live streamed 


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.


Thursday, February 5

Research Methods and Secondary Data Analysis Series

"Publicly Available National Data for Health Disparities Research: Which One is Best for Your Research?"




Giyeon Kim PhD

Assistant Professor 

Center for Mental Health and Aging

Department of Psychology

University of Alabama


Medical Towers 605 

and by Video Conference connection at your office or HDRTP Partner Sites if requested

Dr. Kim will discuss a number of different data sets including:

*Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System 

*Collaborative Psychiatric Epidemiology Surveys

*Health and Retirement Study 

*National Health Interview Survey

*Medical Expenditure Panel Survey 

*Midlife in the United States

*National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey


Please RSVP to dfizer@uabmc.edu by noon, Tuesday, February 3 if you plan to attend by VC, phone, or in person in order to be included in the lunch order.


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 28

February 4, 11, 18, 25 

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. 


 Congratulations again to Dr. Kristen Triebel on her American Cancer Society grant to study decision-making abilities of cancer patients. Read the full story at UAB News and Al.com. Triebel was a CCTS K award recipient who used that grant funding, support and time to conduct the research leading to this five year award from the ACS. Read more about her work with us on our website.

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