CCTS Digest 10.17.14 | www.uab.edu/ccts
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Inaugural Community Engagement Institute a Great Success

Thank you to everyone who joined the UAB CCTS and our partners for the inaugural  Community Engagement Institute, taking place Friday, Oct. 10, at the Birmingham CrossPlex. Dr. Gail Christopher with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation received a standing ovation for her wonderful talk, given as this year's Carole Samuelson Lecture in Public Health. Contributors and attendees from across campus and from the Greater Birmingham community enjoyed a half-day event that inspired energetic discussion and future collaboration.


"The CEI is not just an event; it is the beginning of an opportunity to build an informed and influential network of leaders focused on fairness, justice,empowerment and community participation," says Shauntice Allen, CEI director. "Meaningful community engagement should encourage health professionals,community leaders, and policy makers to imagine new opportunities for interesting research questions, new collaborations and diverse strategies in addressing real world challenges."

We hope you all enjoyed the event and are looking forward to the next year. Look for future updates on the event on our website. 

Announcing IRAP Help Sessions


The UAB Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development will be offering IRAP help sessions every Tuesday from 2-4pm, starting October 21 in Cudworth Hall (Continuing Education Center) 1919 University Blvd. Room 305. 


Bring your questions about how to use IRAP, how can IRAP help you do your job, eReports, etc. 


Since seating limited please log into the UAB Faculty and Staff Learning System to register for the help session that you would like to attend. Log in with your Blazer ID and Password.  Click on Catalog and search for IRAP. Select IRAP Help Sessions.  Click on Show Class Schedule and register for one of the help sessions. 


If you would like to schedule one-on-one training, group training, additional help, or training at a more convenient time/place please contact us.  We are happy to provide training outside of these help sessions. 


If you have any questions about these help sessions or IRAP please contact Molly Moran Lerew at mmoran@uab.edu or 934-0693. 

Seminars, Symposia and Conferences

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. 



Thursday, Nov, 6    

Feasibility: Tearing a Protocol Apart  

Presenter: Meredith Fitzgerald, MSN BSN

This program will walk attendees through how to review a protocol and determine fiscal and personnel feasibility.

Attendees: Research nurse coordinators and managers, research nurses, HR personnel and administrators



Wednesday, Oct. 22 

"Research & Career Development: What the CCTS Can Do For You"

Noon-1 pm


A presentation by Dr. David Chaplin, MD, PhD 

Professor, Microbiology

Co-Director, CCTS Training and Career Development
Associate Dean of Faculty Development, UAB School of Medicine 

The Edge of Chaos, Atrium (4th floor)

Noon; lunch provided

Sponsor: Office of the Vice Provost for Student and Faculty Success 

RSVP by October 13, 2014 to: 

Chad Steele, Ph.D. (chadsteele@uab.edu) or Marcy Ludorf (ludorf@uab.edu


Wednesday, Oct. 22

Alabama Drug Discovery Alliance Symposium: Past and Future Directions


Bevill Biomedical Research Building 170

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Mark J. Suto - Vice President for Drug Discovery, Southern Research

Additional oral and poster presentations by Southern Research's HTS facility and ADDA grantees; registration is free but helpful to print name tags and assure sufficient refreshments.


Tuesday, Oct. 28

First Floor, Volker Hall


10 am-noon: Oral Presentations

1-3pm: Poster Judging


The Dale J. Benos Medical Student Research Day celebrates the research accomplishments of medical students and provides them with the opportunity to present their projects to fellow students and faculty. The day consists of oral and poster presentations by students enrolled in the MD, MD/MPH, MD/MS., and MD/PhD programs.  


All medical students are invited to present the results of their research projects. Information on the abstract submission process and review criteria will be posted at a later date. 

Wednesday, Nov. 5



Pittman Center for Advanced Medical Students (PCAMS)
1924 7th Avenue South


Save the date for our monthly Forum! Join us for drinks, hors d'oeuvres and discussion at our headquarters in the PCAMS building. More information to come.


Tuesday, Nov. 11

TIERS (Training Investigators and Emerging Scholars)


PCAMS (Pittman Center for Advanced Medical Studies) - 1924 7th Ave. S.

This invitation-only event is for those within the TIERS learning group (pre and postdocs, junior faculty and associated mentors). Would you like to be included in future invitations? Please contact the ccts@uab.edu


Thursday, Nov. 13

Professional Skills Training Program: Biology, Bioinformatics, and Big Data

Presented by Elliott Lefkowitz, PhD

Professor of Microbiology & Director, CCTS Informatics

 11 am-12:15pm

To understand the generation, analysis, and application of next generation sequencing (NGS) data to support modern-day biomedical research.


Pittman Center for Advanced Medical Studies (PCAMS) - 1924 7th Ave. S.

Light lunch is served; register today.

The UAB CCTS is proud to sponsor the Tie the Ribbons 2014 Luncheon for Breast and Ovarian Cancer Research, taking place Nov. 17 at HudsonAlpha's Davidson's Center. Featuring Mary-Claire King, PhD, World-renowned geneticisit who discovered the BRCA1 "breast cancer gene." For more information on the event, click here.

We have a few spots left at our table; if you're interested in attending, please email us at: ccts@uab.edu by Oct. 31. 

News From the NIH:

Use of New Inclusion Management System Required as of TODAY, Friday, October 17, 2014 (NOT-OD-15-005)

NIH applicants and grantees must
use the new

Inclusion Management System (IMS) for reporting sex/gender, race, and ethnicity information as required by the NIH Policy on the Inclusion of Women and Minorities in Clinical Research. The new Inclusion Management System will be released October 17, 2014, and will take advantage of the structured inclusion data being collected on competing applications to pre-populate inclusion data records and allow grantees to directly manage their inclusion data in the system throughout the awarded project period.

Key Changes for October 17, 2014, and beyond:   

1)    Inclusion enrollment report forms received with competing application submissions will automatically populate the IMS.

2)    NIH grantees completing their RPPR (Research Progress Performance Report) will be prompted in Item G.4.b to access and update inclusion records directly in IMS.

3)    Grantees will be able to access their inclusion enrollment data through the IMS, found through the eRA Commons Status page, and can review or update their inclusion data as needed.

4)    NIH will migrate ongoing enrollment information from the previous data system to the IMS.  Because the report format has been adjusted, grantees will be prompted to update Cumulative Inclusion Enrollment data in the IMS format at the time of the RPPR. They are encouraged to update Planned Enrollment data as well.  


Additional guidance regarding these changes as well as other topics related to the inclusion of women and minorities in clinical research can be found at:  http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/women_min/women_min.htm.


New Webinars Connect Applicants to NIH Peer Review Experts

Do you want to learn how to make NIH peer review work for you? Sign up for one of the four Meet the Experts in NIH Peer Review webinars brought to you by the NIH Center for Scientific Review (CSR)! 
Read more here.


New Video Tutorials Can Help You Navigate eRA Commons

New to eRA Commons? Want to know how to locate your Summary Statement? Or look up your Notice of Award? We have just the tools for you. A new series of video tutorials on navigating the Status screen in eRA Commons is now available.

Check out the CCTS Funding Opportunities page on our website. 

We list

the latest research funding announcements, updated weekly, including these newest listings:

  • - Biobehavioral and Technological Interventions to Attenuate Cognitive Decline in Individuals with Cognitive Impairment or Dementia (R15 / R21 / R01)

- Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health (K12)

- Rita Allen Foundation Scholars Program (Limited Submission)

- Innovations for Healthy Living - Improving Minority Health and Eliminating Health Disparities (R43)


The UAB-VA Health Services, Outcomes, and Effectiveness Research (HSOER) Training Program, a coordinated mentored research fellowship program, is accepting applications for the following postdoctoral positions with July 1, 2015 start dates.


UAB National Research Services Award (T32) Fellowships in Health Services, Outcomes, and Effectiveness Research (Kenneth Saag, MD, MSc, Program Director; Monika Safford, MD, Co-Director)


These are full-time, 2-year mentored research training positions funded through National Research Services Awards T32's supported by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).


Eligibility: Clinical or research doctoral degree required (e.g., MD, DMD, PharmD, PhD, ScD, DrPH, or equivalent). Must be a U.S. Citizen or have permanent resident status.


Includes: NRSA stipend, health insurance, and tuition & fees to obtain the MSPH in Outcomes Research or Epidemiology with a concentration in pharmacoepidemiology and CER.


Program content areas include but may not be limited to:


�         Healthcare efficiency and disparities

�         Healthcare quality measurement and improvement

�         Patient-Centered Outcomes Research

�         Comparative Effectiveness Research

�         Pharmacoepidemiology and Patient Safety 

�         Translating Research Evidence into Practice and Policy

�         Economic Evaluation and Decision Analytic Modeling

�         Health Informatics


Fellowships may be coordinated with clinical specialty or subspecialty residency training programs to support research training for residents and fellows interested in outcomes and effectiveness research.


The application deadline is December 15, 2014.


For questions regarding eligibility, program requirements and the application process and to request an application packet, please contact Ryan Outman at routman@uab.edu.



Tip of the Week


Establish yourself as qualified to carry out the research or task.  Explain and justify the good work you have done and will do. Do not expect reviewers to know you or understand your track record.

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 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in The Edge of Chaos (Lister Hill Library, 4th floor).  Check the Edge of Chaos calendar for confirmation of meeting dates and times. 

Wednesday, October 22

UAB CCTS Biostatistics Clinic                                                    

11:30 am-1:30 pm

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 4-4905 or connecting through

 Research Commons on the CCTS home page. 


PCORI Updates

On Sept. 30 the PCORI Board of Governors approved funding for 46 new patient-centered clinical comparative effectiveness (CER) projects. See details on all 46 new projects  here.


Among these -- two $10 million studies of treatment options to reduce disparities associated with obesity management in Louisiana and in the rural Midwest. The Board also approved a $14.9 million study of which transitional care services work best after a hospital stay. In addition, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has selected a Duke University research team to lead $20 million PCORI-funded study of treatment options for uterine fibroids. Visit the PCORI website for more information.


Funding Dates and Deadlines

November 4

Application Deadline for Fall 2014 Cycle Awards



October 29

Peer Review and Public Release of PCORI's Research Findings

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