January 3, 2014
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Wishing You a Healthy, Happy New Year in 2014 from the UAB CCTS!

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.edu; 934-4475; 300 Lister Hill Library.


What's Ahead in 2014:


Translational Science Conference Accepting Abstracts
Through January 29, 2014
There are only 4 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.


February 14, 2014

Campus Community Speed Matching

Connecting UAB Faculty, Students, and Community Nonprofit Organizations Together

For more information see the attached flyer or contact Libba Vaughn: libbav@uab.edu



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.



Call for Applications: UAB MHRC Health Disparities Research Training Program (HDRTP) 

The  UAB Minority Health Research Center is delighted to announce the call for applications for the Health Disparities Research Training Program 2014, focusing on health disparities research in cancer, aging, cardiovascular disease, HIV, and other disease conditions. We invite you to recommend appropriate faculty who might be interested in the two-year research training program occurring February 2014 through February 2016, coordinated by the MHRC.


         Interested faculty members should apply.

         All candidates must submit an application, CV, Statement of Intent, and Letter of Support (LOS) through the UAB MHRC Web site.

         Request your LOS now - from a supervising senior faculty person, Director, Dean, or Chair, in order to upload with other documents. 

         LOS should address support of research career and release time to participate in the HDRTP.

         Please have all materials ready to upload in Adobe PDF format and submit at one time.

         Application deadline is Tuesday, January 7, 2014


Click here for full description and requirements  

Click here to submit application


This interdisciplinary professional development program is recruiting and will train junior faculty, and mid-level faculty interested in making a transition to disparities research (transitional faculty).  We encourage interested minority faculty to apply.


If you would like more information, please contact Ann Smith at (205) 934-9903, or via email at annsmith@uab.edu.  


Please forward the attached information about this training opportunity to colleagues who may be interested in the training program.


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


PCORI Update
Read the latest blog post by Joe Selby, MD, MPH, Executive Director of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Initiative (PCORI) on "Evaluating PCORI's Progress and Promise: A New Year Review"

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