CCTS Digest 1.09.15 | www.uab.edu/ccts
Like us on Facebook  Follow us on Twitter
In This Issue
UAB President Ray Watts Announces "UAB Forward"


The new "UAB Forward" website launched January 7


Just before the winter break, in a move that generated much discussion both on campus and nationwide, UAB President Ray Watts officially announced the closure of the UAB football, bowling, and riflery programs. After hosting "Town Hall"-style meetings with faculty from each school on campus, Watts yesterday emailed faculty, staff, and students to announce the new UAB Forward website. Its goal, stated in an email from Watts, is "to provide updates, enable readers to provide input, and share the great things UAB faculty, staff, students, alumni and partners are doing - every day - to support our mission."


Watts announced the creation of several task forces (student leaders, chaired by Assistant Vice President of Student Life Andy Marsch; athletics, chaired by Interim Athletic Director Shannon Ealy; governance, chaired by Provost Linda Lucas; employee benefits, chaired by Vice President of Human Resources Alesia Jones), and the intent to form additional groups, "with broad input from the UAB community to guide candidate searches and hiring for several high-profile vacancies including for UAB's next athletic director."


In addition, UAB has hired Direct Communications to enhance communications efforts, and Clay Ryan of Maynard, Cooper & Gale to work with UAB on educational and governance issues, as well as strategic planning.

If you haven't already, visit UAB Forward or email your thoughts, ideas, concerns, and more to: uabforward@uab.edu.




Do you have a major grant proposal that is almost ready for prime time but could use an extra boost?


The UAB CCTS, in conjunction with UAB School of Public Health's Office of Energetics, invites you to take part in a ; or "biguan." 


The Chinese term loosely translates to a period of retreat to a quiet place for meditation. The ; or cloistered sessions for grant application development and writing hosted thus far receive heavy support from senior investigators.


Read more about this process and how you can apply, here.


If this controlled and non-chaotic environment for grant-writing appeals to you, we encourage you to email Richard Sarver (rsarver@uab.edu) with cc to Madeline Jeansonne (mmjean@uab.edu) and Jennifer Croker (jcroker@uab.eduand let us know which grant cycle are you interested in submitting.


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 from Thursday April 16 through Saturday April 18, 2015, 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, 2015. You must register to attend Translational Science 2015 in order to have your poster accepted. Registration for the meeting will open in the next few weeks. 


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





Seminars, Symposia and Conferences

Tuesday, January 13


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


"High Yield & Impact of Emergency Department Routine HIV / HCV Screening"


James Galbraith, MD

Associate Professor

Department of Emergency Medicine


Faculty Office Tower 803

(Lunch provided)

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: This three hour program will provide an overview of the why and how of clinical trials.gov reporting.  The courses are not sequential and can be attended separately.


Thursday, January 15


"How to Register"


Thursday, January 22


"How to Report Results"


Beginning in February, CMEs will be provided.


Partners: Please join us remotely via GoToMeeting:

Tuesday, January 13


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


"High Yield & Impact of Emergency Department Routine HIV / HCV Screening"


James Galbraith, MD

Associate Professor

Department of Emergency Medicine


Faculty Office Tower 803

(Lunch provided)



Save the Date 

Genetics and Genomics in Clinical Research

Genomics Immersion Course


January 26th-30th, 2015



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.

Check out the CCTS Funding Opportunities page on our website. 





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






Gulf States Health Policy Center Seeks Applicants for Research Projects Focusing on Health Policy


The Gulf States Health Policy Center (Gulf States HPC) invites applications for community-based health research projects lasting up to two years. The research projects should examine whether or how socioeconomic, environmental, and/or health and health-system policies may contribute to health outcomes in communities. The results of this research should assist in providing evidence to inform policy change and health system improvements that will increase community resilience and ultimately improve the health outcomes of citizens in the Gulf States region (Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Florida, and Texas). 


Letters of Intent Due: January 15, 2015

Project Start Date: July 1, 2015


Click here for more information on the program.

Click here to submit an LOI.


For further information, please contact Eboni Bryant at (205) 934-1277, or via email at ebonibryant@uabmc.edu.


For questions regarding application format and online submission, please contact Gabriela Oates at (205) 975-7940, or via email at goates@uab.edu. 


Deep South Resource Center for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR) (RFA-RCMAR-15-001) Invites Letters of Intent for 1-Yr Pilot Grant Applications

Focusing on Minority Aging & Health Disparities in the African American Population



www.uab.edu/MHRC.  No paper submissions are accepted.

Please click here to see the full RFA for more information on the LOI and application process.

Please  click here to submit an LOI and application.


Application Submissions Contacts:
If you have questions concerning the submission of these LOIs or proposals, please contact Ann Smith, MPH, at 205-934-9903 or annsmith@uab.edu. Other questions could be directed to Patricia Sawyer, PhD, at 205-934-9261 or psawyer@uab.edu.



Call for Applications for 2015 MHRC Health Disparities Research Training Certificate Program (HDRTP)


The UAB Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center (UAB MHRC) is delighted to announce the call for applications 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 2015 through February 2017, coordinated by the UAB MHRC.  Individual scholars who complete program requirements will receive a Certificate in Health Disparities Research.

  • Interested faculty members should apply.
  • All candidates must submit an application, CV, Statement of Intent, and Letter of Support (LOS) through the UAB MHRC website.
  • 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 has been extended to Wednesday, January 14, 2015, by 11:59 PM Central Time.

 Click here for more info on program

Click here to submit application



The MHRC is also soliciting abstracts for its 2015 Health Disparities Research Symposium. Visit this link for more information and to submit.


10th Annual UAB Health Disparities Research Symposium 2015   

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


The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center (MHRC) is accepting abstract submissions now through January 15, 2015. 


Abstract Submission Deadline: Thursday, January 15, 2015

Symposium Event Dates: March 17-18, 2015

Click Here to:View Abstract Guidelines ; Submit an AbstractRegister for the Event



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. 


Weekly Wednesdays, 11:30am-1pm

January 14, 21, 28


PCAMS Building 1924 7th Avenue South

UAB CCTS Biostatistics Clinic                                                    


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 Center for Clinical and Translational Science |  ccts@uab.edu
 Pittman Center for Advanced Medical Sciences
1924 Seventh Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35294

Join Our Mailing List