CCTS Digest 10.24.14 | www.uab.edu/ccts
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November 5 Forum on CCTS Renewal

Please join the CCTS on Wednesday, November 5, as we continue to discuss our renewal, in preparation for a response to the NIH RFA for the CTSA (due Jan. 15, 2015). We are excited to welcome Drs. Victor Darley-Usmar, Ananth Shalev, and Andrea Cherrington to present on behalf on their centers (respectively): Center for Free Radical Biology;  Comprehensive Diabetes Center;  UAB Diabetes Research Center. 

We invite the Council of Center Directors and Council of Center Administrators--as well as anyone with an interest in the CCTS and its role at UAB, in the Southeast, and as part of the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences--to attend. Topics covered may include pilot programs, research training, and clinical trials, among others.

Join us starting at 4:45 (until 6pm) at PCAMS, 1924 7th Avenue South, on Wednesday, November 5, for this important discussion. We welcome your input. 

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



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

 Join us for drinks, hors d'oeuvres and discussion at our headquarters in the PCAMS building. Tonight we welcome presentations by several UAB Center Directors, to discuss the framework of the CCTS response to the CTSA RFA. Join us!



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. 

Clinical and Translational Science Training Program Accepting Applications

The CCTS is accepting applications for the Clinical and Translational Science (CTS) Training Program. The application deadline is Monday, November 15, 2014.  Junior faculty and postdoctoral fellows who are interested in an academic career in clinical and translational research are invited to apply. 


The CTS Training Program is a six-month certificate program that includes approximately 50 hours of didactic instruction and interactive experience.  Our program provides additional training in clinical and translational research over a six-month period (January to June) with class on Wednesday mornings, 8-10 am. Videoconference access is available for those away from UAB.


Course content represents the following modules: Clinical Trials, Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Ethics, Clinical Genetics Research, Behavioral Research, Outcomes Research, Dissemination of Results, and Grant Writing and Funding Opportunities.

Trainees from Partner Network institutions may attend via videoconference from institutions outside driving range to UAB.


All of the sessions are presented by experienced clinical and translational researchers or individuals with special expertise in areas such as grants and contracts and regulatory issues.  Preceptors include faculty and research staff from across the Partner Network.

Check out the CCTS Funding Opportunities page on our website. 

We list

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


2015 NSF Major Research Instrumentation Program
NIH Director's Early Independence Awards


NSF has announced the 2015 Major Research Instrumentation Program (http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2015/nsf15504/nsf15504.pdf).
UAB may submit up to 3 applications, each requesting $100K-$4M, and in the event that 3 are submitted (any applications for which UAB is included as a "significantly funded" subawardee counts as 1), one of them must be an instrumentation development application.


We anticipate that more than 3 individuals/groups at UAB will be interested in applying. For that reason, we will conduct an internal competition.


In order to allow sufficient time for an internal review, and to give the successful PIs as much time to write the proposal as possible, please submit a 3 page summary of the project with a separate page detailing plans for matching support (30% of total costs) and a biosketch of the PI(s)by COB on November 10th to Kent Keyser, Assistant VP for Research , Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development: ktkeyser@uab.edu.


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.


Deep South Resource Center for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR) (RFA-RCMAR-15-001)

Invites Letters of Intent to Apply for One-Year Pilot Grants
Focusing on Minority Aging & Health Disparities in the African American Population



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.


Tip of the Week

Write for an intelligent layperson - not just for other experts in your field.  It must be transparent that your proposal is responsive, cognizant of the field and innovative in approach. 


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, November 12

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


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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