October 11, 2013
This week's Breast Cancer Awareness events culminate on Saturday, Oct. 12, with the Komen Race for the Cure at Linn Park in downtown Birmingham.
It's not too late to register!



Congratulations to UAB's Dr. Eddy Yang for receiving a $450,000 Susan G. Komen grant to investigate HER2-positive breast cancer treatment! Read more at al.com.


Are You an Innovator in Your Community?  
Apply for the 2013 Community Health Innovation Awards (CHIA)


One Great Community, the community engagement component of the UAB CCTS, is gearing up for the second year of the Community Health Innovation Awards. A total of $50,000 is available to local community organizations to fund project ideas that demonstrate innovative thinking twoard addressing the following priority areas:
  • Empty lots and abandoned homes
  • Lack of sidewalks and walking trails
  • Crime
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
Take a moment to browse the CHIA site and learn more about the upcoming Innovation Workshop on Saturday, October 19, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in the UAB Edge of Chaos. Registration is due Wednesday, Oct. 16 for this mandatory first workshop.


Call for Applications: Clinical and Translational Science Training Program


We are currently accepting applications for the Clinical and Translational Science (CTS) Training Program. Application deadline is November 12, 2013. Junior faculty and postdoctoral fellows who are interested in an academic career in clinical and translational research are invited to apply.


The CTS program is a 6-month certificate program that includes approximately 50 hours of didactic instruction and interactive experience. Classes will be held Wednesday mornings, 8-10 a.m., beginning January 2014. For more information on the program and how to apply, click here, or contact Audrey Wrenn, awrenn@uab.edu or 205-978-8333.

Call for Nominations: The 2014 Passano Foundation Awards 


The CCTS needs your help: The Passano Foundation, established in 1945, is seeking nominations for its annual Passano Award, to be given to an established investigator in recognition of his or her research which leads to clinical medical applications. The CCTS is facilitating the review of nominations on UAB's behalf. To nominate, complete the one-page application and email to us at: ccts@uab.edu. Nominations are due by November 1, 2013.


We urge you to consider your colleagues and mentors at UAB and nominate those who you feel deserve this honor. The Passano Foundation provides an annual award of $100,000 to any research scientist whose work is thought to have immediate practical benefits. Many Passano laureates have gone on to win the Nobel Prize.


Tuesday, October 15

Southern Research Institute Cancer Research Seminar Series

Southern Research  

"Relapsed/Refractory Acute Myeloid Leukemia Therapies"

Noon-1 p.m.

With Uma Borate, MD, and Shin Mineishi, MD

Southern Research Institute Cancer Research Seminars serve as a platform for scientists to present their research and exchange ideas on cancer research/cancer drug discovery. The seminar is held at noon on the third Tuesday in each month at the Library Conference Room, Southern Research Institute, 2000 9th Avenue South, Birmingham, 35205. Lunch is provided.  

Tuesday, October 15
Coordinated Works in Progress Seminars in Health Services, Outcomes and Policy Research

"Practicum Reflection: World Health Organization (WHO)"

 Presenter: Monica Aswani, MPH, DrPH Student, Health Care Organization and Policy

11 a.m.-Noon
Ryals 209

Tuesday, October 15

UAB Center for Exercise Medicine Journal Club

GBS 746J 01 - Exercise Med JC


McCallum 901


"Exercise Induces Hippocampal BDNF through a PGC-1a/FNDC5 Pathway"

Wrann et al., Cell Metabolism (2013) http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cmet.2013.09.008

Presenter: Desiree Stewart, GBS predoctoral student, PBMM Theme


Wednesday, October 16
Relecura Workshop
9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Lister Hill Library, G017

Learn How to Search for Patents: Relecura Workshop

UAB researchers and faculty are invited to register for a Relecura workshop. Relecura is an advanced patent search and analysis tool with more than 76 million patent documents from 90+ patent offices in the world. It also has most of the major journal repositories where a researcher not only can search patent information, but also the journal publications. Lunch will be provided. Registration is required.


For more information, contact Emma O'Hagan at eohagan@uab.edu.

Thursday, October 17
Drug Discovery and Development Lecture Series
Noon-1 p.m.
Pittman Center for Advanced Medical Studies
Featuring: Dr. Maaike Everts, Associate Director, Alabama Drug Discovery Alliance
For more information click here.

Wednesday, October 23
UAB Center for Exercise Medicine Symposium
8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Bradley Lecture Center (Children's Harbor 4th Floor)  



Free registration and trainee abstract submission for the inaugural UAB Center for Exercise Medicine Symposium, October 23, is now available. The symposium agenda is also online.


Scott K. Powers, Ed.D., PhD, UAA Endowed Professor and Distinguished Professor of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology will be our Keynote Speaker for this event. Learn more about the Center and training program at:  www.uab.edu/exercise. 

Thursday, October 31
Drug Discovery and Development Lecture Series
Noon-1 p.m.
Pittman Center for Advanced Medical Studies
"What is a Valid, Druggable and Viable Target?"
For more information click here.


November 5, UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center 

Cancer Center Research Retreat
Save the Date: November 21, UAB CCTS Presents Ethics Expert 
Dr. Stephen Sodeke, Tuskegee University
Stephen Sodeke, PhD, Bioethicist and Professor

You are invited to the UAB Center for Clinical and Translational Science Ethics Presentation 

"Bioethics and Real Life Application of Responsible Conduct of Research Principles: 

A Reflection and Attunement Dialogue" 

presented by Stephen Sodeke, PhD, Bioethicist and Professor, National Center for Bioethics in Research and Health Care. College of Veterinary Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health, Tuskegee University


Thursday, November 21

11:30am - 1:00pm

Medical Towers - Room 634 

Lunch will be provided.  Please register online.

Please note: Participation via videoconference is available; please let us know you are interested by contacting Christina Crowe at (205) 934-3706 or


Save the Date: November 22, Glycoimmunobiology Symposium
Edge of Chaos, Lister Hill Library
A full-day workshop/mini symposium

Glycans are important components of glycoproteins, including immunoglobulins and glycoproteins on the surface of cells of the immune system. These sugar components are not only important structural features, but in many instances modulate or mediate a wide variety of functions in physiological as well as pathophysiological situations.
Co-organized by: Jan Novak, PhD; Susan Bellis, PhD; Matthew Renfrow, PhD



NIH Announcement: Applications to Loan Repayment Programs Accepted Sept. 1-Nov. 15
NIH logo  
On July 16 NIH announced the next application cycle for the NIH Extramural Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs). If you are a researcher who has incurred significant educational debt, then the NIH LRPs are for you. Click here to visit the NIH page and learn more about qualifications and other details. 
Also: Check out this helpful Q&A from NIH Office of Extramural Research on: "How Can My Institution Support Public Access Compliance and Prevent Delays in Funding Due to Public Access Issues?" posted July 31, 2013. For more information visit the CCTS Training Academy page on the topic.


Looking for Biostats Assistance?
Visit the CCTS Biostats Clinic


The CCTS offers a bi-weekly Biostatistics Clinic on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the Pittman Center for Advanced Medical Studies (PCAMS), l1924 7th Avenue South. A light lunch is served. 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.

Clinic dates for the remainder of 2013: Oct. 23, Nov. 13, Dec. 11.

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