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While we invite you to take part in all of our programs, items featuring this icon may be of particular interest. Look for the symbol throughout the Digest. Have news you'd like to share? Send it to: ccts@uab.edu

The UAB CCTS is proud to announce we are accepting nominations for the ACTS 2016 Translational Science Awards. The Translational Science 2016 Awards Committee is recognizes investigators and educators who have made outstanding contributions in the field of translational science. Awards will be made during the 6th annual  Translational Science 2016 Meeting, to be held April 13-15, 2016 in Washington, DC.
Awardees will receive $1,000, a commemorative plaque, and compensation for travel expenses (up to $500) to the Translational Science 2016 Meeting.

The Awards Committee, made up of representatives from the partnering organizations, will select the awardees who will be notified in early January 2016. Additionally, nominators and awardee institution media representatives will be notified of the honor. There are four types of awards: 
Edward H. Ahrens, Jr. Distinguished Investigator Award
Named in honor of Edward H. (Pete) Ahrens, Jr., founding member of the Association for Patient-Oriented Research, this award recognizes senior investigators whose innovative research has had a major impact on clinical practice and health care for the benefit of the public.
Clinical and Translational Research Distinguished Educator Award
This award recognizes an investigator who has distinguished him or herself as a researcher, mentor and academic leader. Students and trainees are also invited to submit nominations.

Translational Science New Investigator Award
This award recognizes an investigator's pathway to excellence in achieving an independent research career in biomedical research. The recipient will be required to present his/her research at the AFMR Henry Christian Dinner.

Team Science Award
This award recognizes the importance of interdisciplinary teams to the translation of research discoveries into clinical applications and eventually widespread clinical practice. Proactive interaction between academic and industry researchers is particularly crucial to continue progress and accelerate drug development.
Please note that ALL applications will be submitted by the CCTS office.   E-mail your nomination packet to Angie Schmeckebier/CCTS Research Commons at CCTS@uab.edu .
All names suggested for nominations must be received in the CCTS office by November 25th.
All nomination packets must be received by Friday, December 4th.

Seminars, Symposia and Conferences
Sunday & Monday, November 15-16
Network of Minority Health Research Investigators (NMRI) South Regional Meeting 

Who attends?
* Network of Minority Health Research Investigators (NMRI) members
* Underrepresented minority investigators, including post-graduate doctoral students, who are conducting biomedical research in the fields of:
o diabetes, endocrinology, metabolism
o digestive and liver diseases, nutrition
o kidney, urologic, and hematologic diseases.
How do I attend?
To attend, fill out and submit the   Enrollment Form.

What happens at the meeting?
* Mentorship
* Poster Presentation
* Scholarly exchange among field leaders
Can I submit an abstract for the poster presentation?
Participants are encouraged to submit abstracts. Visit the  meeting page for more information.
Questions? Contact Dr. Alethea Hill, Assistant Professor, College of Nursing and member of the NMRI at:  ahill@southalabama.edu.

Tuesday, November 17
TIERS: "Research Project Management: Organizing Your Approach to Team Science" 

Featuring  Molly Wasko, PhD
Professor & Chairman of Management, Information Systems and Quantitative Methods, Collat School of Business

Refreshments and heavy hors d'oeuvres will be served beginning at 4:45pm.

4:45-6 pm
PCAMS - 1924 7th Avenue South

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone. 
You can also dial in using your phone: (408) 650-3123 Access Code: 718-705-597

Wednesday, November 18
UAB Core and Shared Resources Day

UAB Rec Center-Center Court

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.

Event is free and open to anyone: faculty, trainees, staff & the public.  Pizza will be served.  
Sponsored by the University-Wide Interdisciplinary Research Centers (UWIRCs)
Register your organization by Wednesday, Nov. 11, 5 pm.

Thursday, November 19
CTO Research Seminar Series
"Risks in Research : What to Watch For & How to Manage"
with Katie Crenshaw

PCAMS, 1924 7th Avenue South

You also have the option to join this meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone:
You can also dial in using your phone.
United States (Long distance): +1 (267) 507-0008
GotoMeeting Access Code: 930-891-813
W atch videos of recent seminars on the  CCTS YouTube Channel.

Tuesday, December 1
"Integrative in Silico Modeling of Biomolecular Systems towards Precision Medicine"
Jake Y. Chen, PhD, Associate Professor of Informatics
Indiana University School of Informatics

Shelby 515, 1825 University Boulevard
Please register to attend this presentation no later than Friday, November 20.

Light breakfast will be served. We look forward to seeing you there!
Questions? Please contact Dr. James Cimino, Director, Informatics Institute ( ciminoj@uab.edu; 205.996.1958)

Wednesday, December 2
UAB One-Day Metabolomics Workshop
Finley Conference Center, Kaul Genetics Building
Sponsored by the CCTS

Metabolites are not simply sources of energy to drive enzymatic reactions, 
but are also the building blocks of the small molecule regulators, e.g., steroid hormones, 
and all the macromolecules in a cell (including DNA, RNA, proteins, lipids and complex 
carbohydrates). They are also regulators of gene and protein methylation/demethylation 
This free, one-day workshop on Wednesday, December 2 in the Finley Conference Center
sponsored by the UAB Center for Clinical and Translational Science, will introduce 
metabolomics to biomedical investigators. Training will be given in the design of a 
metabolomics experiment, the need for sample extraction, 
the analytical platforms, data pre-processing and statistical analysis,  metabolite 
identification and pathway analysis as well as application of metabolomics 
t o a complex system. 

Full agenda and registration

Wednesday, December 2
CCTS Forum
" Enhancing Reproducibility in NIH & AHRQ Applications"

PCAMS, 1924 7th Avenue South

Refreshments and hors d'oeuvres served

Join the UAB CCTS on Wednesday, December 2, as we review the recent changes announced by the NIH expectations related to reproducibility, rigor, and transparency in grant applications, progress reports, and and peer review. These will affect anyone submitting a grant to the NIH or AHRQ. We will review the changes in detail so you'll be well prepared for your next application.

Save the Date for Rare Disease Day at NIH

NIH will host its next Rare Disease Day on Feb. 29, 2016. The event aims to raise awareness about rare diseases, the patients they affect and the research collaborations that are addressing rare disease challenges. Sponsored by NCATS and the NIH Clinical Center, the event will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Masur Auditorium in Building 10 on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland. The day will feature tours, posters and exhibits, and presentations. NCATS will provide more information as it becomes available. 


NCATS Accepting Collaborative Proposals for Pre-Clinical Programs
The National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) is now accepting proposals to collaborate with its Bridging Interventional Development Gaps (BrIDGs) and Therapeutics for Rare and Neglected Diseases (TRND) program scientists.

BrIDGs scientists collaborate with researchers to advance candidate therapeutics for both common and rare diseases into clinical testing. TRND researchers and their collaborators move new therapeutic candidates through pre-clinical testing, from lead optimization to submission of an investigational new drug application.



The  UAB Office of the IRB has posted information regarding continuing training for investigators involved in human subjects research that must be completed by December 31, 2015. For more information, please visit: 
If you have questions about IRB training requirements, please contact the Office of the IRB at 934-3789.

Epidemiology/Biostatistics Clinic in The Edge of Chaos
This clinic provides the UAB community access to epidemiology and biostatistics resources.  Available most Mondays, 10am-2pm in The Edge of Chaos (Lister Hill Library, 4th floor).  Check the Edge of Chaos calendar   for confirmation of meeting dates and times. 

UAB CCTS Biostatistics & Biorepository Clinics                                                   
Biostats: Weekly on Wednesdays, 11:30am-1pm
Biorepository: First Wednesday of each month, 11:30am-1pm
PCAMS Building 1924 7th Avenue South

We've expanded our Biostats Clinic to include members of our CCTS Biorepository Team. On the FIRST WEDNESDAY of each month, experts from our CCTS Core Lab will join the CCTS Biostats experts to answer questions and provide consultative services on any aspect of specimen collection, specimen management, specimen processing and biorepository needs.

The Biostatistics & Biorepository Clinicare 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 & Biorepository groups. A light lunch is served.    

The weekly Wednesday Biostats Clinics will take a break for certain dates during the holiday season. 

Remaining clinics in 2015 will be held:
November 18
December 2
December 9
December 16
The first clinic of 2016 will be held on January 6.

BERD Design Consultation Available Today
If you can't visit the clinic, please contact the BERD  or the Core Lab at your convenience  by emailing ccts@uab.edu,  calling  (205) 934-7442, or connecting through  Research Commons on the CCTS home page. 

Clinical and Translational Science (CTS) 
Training Program
Deadline: 5pm CST, Monday, November 16

The CTS Training Program is a six-month certificate program that includes approximately 50 hours of didactic instruction and interactive experience.


Our program provides 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 schools outside of driving range to UAB.  Please contact Wendy Price to access the meeting code.

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.

For more  information about participation in the program, or if you are interested in presenting, contact Jean Lambert, Training Academy, at:  jeanl@uab.edu .

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Have fun, stay safe, and enjoy your weekend!
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