October 18, 2013
The Walking Bus is Underway!
Kicking off Wednesday, Oct. 23, the 2012 Community Health Innovation Award-winning project will start with a route from the Campus Green to Railroad Park. Click here to learn more and join their Facebook page! 


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 this Saturday, October 19, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in the UAB Edge of Chaos. 


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 23
UAB Translational & Molecular Sciences Certificate Program's
Eminent Speaker Series
10:30-11:30 a.m.
BBRB 170

Mark Gladwin, M.D.
Division Chief of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine &
Director of the Vascular Medicine Institute 
at the University of Pittsburgh


"Hemolytic Anemia as an Intrinsic Mechanism of Disease:
From Pulmonary Hypertension to the Transfusion of Stored Blood"


Contact Scott Austin at: scotta@uab.edu or Dr. Rakesh Patel at: rakeshp@uab.edu for more information. 

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 Makes a Target Druggable and Validated?
" with Dr. Mark Suto
For more information click here.


Tuesday, November 5, UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center 

Cancer Center Research Retreat
Thursday, November 14
Professional Skills Training Program
"Revising Grant Applications and Responding to Critiques"
With Lisa Schwiebert, PhD
Professor of Cell, Development, & Integrative Biology


8-9:30 a.m.
West Pavilion, Room E
Sponsored for CME credit. To register click here.



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
T32 Program Accepting Applications

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, 2014 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 16, 2013.


Click here for more details and fellowship contacts. For questions regarding eligibility, program requirements, the application process and to request an application packet, please contact Ryan Outman at routman@uab.edu.  


UAB Researcher Engler on NPR's "All Things Considered"

Jeff Engler, PhD, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the UAB Graduate School, was featured recently on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" program speaking on the topic of why cheating in scientific research is on the rise.

From the story by NPR reporter Gigi Doubain: "He's training the next generation of scientists to do honest work. It's not something that comes automatically. Take the case years ago of the South Korean stem cell researcher. Scientists in the field thought he was doing groundbreaking research, so a lot of them put their own work on hold. Some even collaborated with him. Turns out, his data was faked and at least a year of science was lost."
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), 1924 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: Thurs. Oct. 23; Nov. 13; Dec. 11.

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