November 8, 2013


We salute our veterans! Monday, November 11 is Veterans Day. Birmingham is home to one of the nation's oldest Veterans Day parades, taking place downtown at 1:30 p.m. This year an effort is underway to preserve this important event. Click here to learn more.




Wednesday, November 13
CCTS Forum: Introduction to the Clinical Trials Office
4:45-6 p.m.
Pittman Center for Advanced Medical Studies
1924 7th Avenue South


The November Forum will highlight the Phase I Clinical Trials Unit and the new Clinical Trials Office (CTO) at UAB, an effort supported jointly by the CCTS and UAB Research Administration. The CTO is designed to streamline the process of conducting clinical trials on campus, from recruitment to completion. It will serve the university by enhancing all clinical research. Through amenities and resources provided here, investigators and their support staff will find a streamlined clinical trials process - from coordinator training and certification; to design, analysis, and implementation; to contract development and billing; to navigating the IRB and CRB; to working with IND/IDE and ClinicalTrials.gov.  
Please join us on Wednesday, November 13th from 4:45-6 pm in PCAMS (1924 7th Avenue South) for refreshments and hors d'oeuvres as we present details on the Phase I Unit and the CTO. Click for more information.
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. 


Thursday, November 14
UAB's Annual Core Day
Sponsored by the University Wide Centers Program (UWIRCs)
11 a.m.-1 p.m.
UAB Campus Rec Center-Center Court
Free and open to anyone: Faculty, trainees, staff, the public--pizza will be served.


Core Day offers a unique opportunity for UAB's science and technology communities to come together in a central location to raise awareness about the many shared research facilities available on campus. Learn first hand about over 80 cores offering services and specialized equipment on campus.



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


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
Call for Applications: Clinical and Translational Science Training Program


We are currently accepting applications for the Clinical and Translational Science (CTS) Training ProgramApplication 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.

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.  


Looking for Biostats Assistance?
Visit the CCTS Biostats Clinic
Next Date: Thursday, November 13


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 Bioinformatics, Epidemiology, and Research Design group.
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