CCTS Digest 10.03.14 | www.uab.edu/ccts
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We're counting down to the First Annual Community Engagement Institute, and hope you'll join us for this unique event, Friday, Oct. 10.

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Read more about it at UAB News


The first annual Community Engagement Institute (CEI) takes place on Friday, October 10, and registration is now open! 


The Institute is a premier educational and training event designed to benefit both community and academic partners in the greater Birmingham area. The Institute is designed to explore, demonstrate, and educate on principles related to community-engaged research and service. Highlights of the half-day event include:

  • The Carole W. Samuelson Lecture in Public Health Practice by Dr. Gail Christopher, Director of Program Strategy, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation  

  • Breakout sessions on topics such as how to navigate grant funding; the use of social media to promote student leadership and activism; and a discussion of how to make community and academic collaborations work (click here to read more)
  • Unlimited opportunities to network with UAB and community leadership

Who Should Attend? 

Undergraduate and graduate students, community members, UAB faculty and staff, organizational & community leaders, volunteers, faith-based leaders and organizations, health advocates, consumers, grass-roots organizers, local funders, etc. are all encouraged to register and attend. 


The event runs from 8:30am-1:30pm, Friday, Oct. 10.

$20 registration includes continental breakfast, lunch and event materials. Scholarships are available; visit us online at: http://www.uab.edu/ccts/cei or send an email to EventCEI@gmail.com for more information. Follow us on Twitter at #CEIareyouengaged


Don't Miss This One-of-a-Kind Event! Register today.

Research Coordinator Training Program (RCTP) Accepting Applications; Starts October 7

The RCTP provides research staff (study coordinators, billing staff, regulatory coordinators, etc.) with the basics of implementing and managing a clinical trial with emphasis on good clinical practices (GCPs), research compliance, and other key topics. The RCTP is provided twice a year (Spring and Fall) as well as via the web. 

Fall 2014 registration is open! The next six-session course begins October 7. All classes will be held on Tuesday mornings in the Bradley Lecture Center, located on the 4th floor of the Children's Harbor Building. The cost is $125 and payable (see sample form for instructions) with  registration. Enrollment is limited, so register early. CEUs will be offered and attendance at all six sessions will meet initial IRB training requirements. 

Please remember to bring your nursing license to each session to receive CEUs.View the agenda for the most recent or pending course.  Contact us with questions: ccts@uab.edu.
UAB Hospital's Nursing Continuing Education Department is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Alabama Board of Nursing (Provider Number: ABNP0055, Expiration date:  June 1, 2017).


UAB Hospital's Nursing Continuing Education Department is also an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Alabama State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation (Provider Number: 5-69).
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, Oct. 14    

Getting the Most Value from Monitor Visits

Presenter: Karen Savage

This program will provide guidance on how to get the most from a monitor visit and tools to use to assess improvement.             

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


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



Monday, Oct. 6

UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center

17th Annual Research Retreat

Sheraton Hotel Downtown Birmingham


2014 Meeting Theme - Personalized Cancer Care

Program Committee:  Eddy Yang, MD, PhD - Chair; Jonas Almeida, PhD; Andres Forero, MD;  Bruce Korf, MD, PhD; Kevin Roth, MD, PhD


Retreat agenda and more information: www3.ccc.uab.edu/retreat 


Wednesday, Oct. 8

UAB Structural Biology Symposium

In honor of the UN Mandated Year of Crystallography and the Centennial of the Bragg equation 

Featuring four prominent keynote speakers:

-Charles E Bugg (Founder, Biocryst pharmaceuticals)

-Wayne Hendrickson (Professor, Columbia University)

-Stephen White (Chair, Structural Biology, St. Jude's Childrens Research Hospital)

-Petra Fromme (Director, Membrane Proteins in Infectious Diseases Ceneter, ASU)


Edge of Chaos
1700 University Blvd. 
4th floor
Birmingham, AL 35294


Click here for more information and to register.


Wednesday, Oct. 8

"The Effects of Certified Nurse Midwife Scope of Practice Laws on Birth Outcomes"

Sara Markowitz, Ph.D.

Emory University

Noon-1:15 p.m.

RPHB 407


Thursday, Oct. 9

presented by Lisa Schwiebert, PhD
Professor of Cell, Developmental, & Integrative Biology
Associate Dean for Postdoctoral Education


11am-12:15 pm*

PCAMS, 1924 7th Avenue S.


Register today: http://pinksheets.eventbrite.com

The goal of this seminar is two-fold: i)  to inform and educate attendees about resubmitting grant applications; and ii) to update them on current NIH resubmission policies.
*Join us in person: A box lunch is served. 


Join us via GoToMeeting:
1. Please join my meeting.
Access Code: 906-992-477
Audio PIN: Shown after joining the session
Meeting ID: 906-992-477

Thursday, Oct. 16 

 "The Importance of Innovation in an Academic Setting"

A presentation for UAB Faculty by Dr. Kathy Nugent, PhD 

Assistant Professor, UAB School of Health Professions 

Managing Director, UAB Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship 

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


News From the NIH:

Use of New Inclusion Management System Required as of 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:


  • Self-Management for Health in Chronic Conditions (R01, R15 or R21)
  • Analyses of Datasets on Older Populations with High Prevalence of Mobility Disability to Develop Clinically Meaningful Diagnostic Cut-Points for Low Muscle Mass and/or Low Muscle Strength (U01)


Tip of the Week

Stay on top grant submission items of interest (including policy changes and research opportunities) by subscribing to important newsletters and blogs:  eRA, eSubmission, Extramural Nexus and Dr. Rockey's Rock Talk. Contact the CCTS Research Commons (ccts@uab.edu; 4.7442) to learn more.

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. 

Wed. October 8 and 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), 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. 


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