October 4, 2013
Congratulations UAB, the largest single-site enrollment location in the U.S. for the Cancer Prevention Study-3



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 8

TIERS (Training Interdisciplinary Emerging Research Scholars) Meeting

"Transitioning from to an R01: Perspectives from a Behavioral/Population-Based and a Basic/Clinical Scientist"

5 p.m.

Pittman Center for Advanced Medical Studies


Featuring: Isabel Scarinci, PhD, MPH
Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Preventive Medicine

Marcas Bamman, PhD
Professor, Departments of Cell, Developmental and Integrative Biology
Director, UAB Center for Exercise Medicine

Thursday, October 10

Professional Skills Training Program

8-9:30 a.m. West Pavilion, Room E

"Biology, Bioinformatics, and Big Data: Trying to Survive in the Trenches"




Presented by: Elliot Lefkowitz, Professor, Microbiology; Director, CCTS Biomedical Informatics


To register visit: https://informatics2013.eventbrite.com



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.  

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

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. 


Save the Date: 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


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.

NIH Announces Availability of a Test (Beta) Version of the Science Experts Network (SciENcv)

This new electronic system will enable researchers to easily assemble the information (including expertise, employment, education and professional accomplishments) to populate an NIH biographical sketch (biosketch).  Initially, the goal of SciENcv is to reduce the burden associated with creating and maintaining federal biosketches while accommodating the need to describe scientific contributions.


Users can get to SciENcv by going to the NCBI sign-in page at  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/account/.  Users have the option to sign in using third-party accounts (for example, an eRA Commons account, a local institutional account through InCommon, or a Google account). Full documentation on how to use My NCBI is located at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK3842/.  Information on how to set up and use the SciENcv tool is located at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK154494/



The beta version of SciENcv will allow users to explore the system and create an NIH biosketch.   Users also are invited to identify features that need to improved or added to fully serve the needs of the research community.  Suggestions can be entered using the utility provided at 

 info@ncbi.nlm.nih.gov.  A number of enhancements are already planned for future versions of SciENcv including the ability to generate biosketches for other federal agencies as well as other functionality listed below

  • Generate and maintain multiple biosketches including those for NSF and other federal science agencies
  • Describe the scientific impact of past discoveries
  • Ingest data from additional external systems
  • Control data exposure
  • Transfer data to other systems
  • Allow delegates to manage data
Struggling with a Grant Resubmission? Need Some 
Expert Consultation?
Try the CCTS Project Panels


Project Panels can help you brainstorm about ideas, generate research questions, meet possible collaborators, fine-tune study design, and sharpen your proposals. We gather whatever expertise is needed to work with you to strengthen your project.
We welcome all faculty, trainees and students to use panels for their research. The first step is with you. Contact us for more information or to schedule a panel today!

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