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"Walking Bus" Project Receives NASPA Excellence Award


The UAB CCTS congratulates Drs. Adrienne Milner and Elizabeth Baker, Assistant Professors, Sociology, on receipt of the NASPA Excellence Award for the Walking Buses project, born of the inaugural Community Health Innovation Awards, or CHIA, in 2012. NASPA is the Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education association. The Walking Bus won in the category of Athletics, Recreation, Physical Fitness, Non-Varsity Sports, and related Category.  


The Birmingham Walking Buses are a series of scheduled, guided walking routes that occur on a regular basis through downtown Birmingham, UAB campus, and the Southside/Lakeview area. For more information, including route times and locations, visit their  Facebook page. The program's kickoff in October 2013 was featured in several local news broadcasts. Read more about the kickoff here. The same project led to publication of an article in the Open Journal of Preventive Medicine. 


For more information on the Community Health Innovation Awards and the One Great Community council, click here.

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.

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

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. 


UAB CCTS Short-Term Research Training Program

8 Week Summer Program in 
Comparative Effectiveness and Patient-Centered Outcomes Research
June 8 - July 31, 2015
Deadline for application:  5 p.m., March 4, 2015
Notification will be by:  March 24, 2015
(Download a PDF of application guidelines)


This 8-week program provides mentored research training experiences in patient centered outcomes research (PCOR) and comparative effectiveness research (CER) for medical students or other clinically-oriented doctoral students that have completed their first year of training.

Why CER and PCOR?  With an increasing, ongoing national focus, there is a growing need for training in these areas especially in the earliest stages of clinical training.

Who may apply?  Many applicants have finished their first year of medical school.  Students in other clinical doctorate programs and those that have been admitted to a pre-professional, clinical program are eligible to apply if they are able to meet the requirements of the program.

What else?  Trainees must devote full-time effort (40 hours week) for the duration of the program (June and July).   A stipend is provided; on-campus housing is available. 


In a time of accelerated scientific discovery, researchers are needed to translate research to the clinical setting. A national shortage of such investigators is well documented and specialized training is needed early in the career development process. Furthermore, with a continued national focus on comparative effectiveness research (CER) and patient centered outcomes research (PCOR), there is a growing need for training in these areas.

Clinically focused students in the earliest stages of training may have an interest but limited experience in research in PCOR, CER and related topics. The summer program at UAB provides an opportunity for a hands-on research experience leading to the generation of research products, all within a supportive, mentored research environment.

Questions?  Please contact the Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS):  ccts@uab.edu  /  205.934.7442


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 on Wednesdays, 11:30am-1pm

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. 


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