CCTS Digest 11.14.14 | www.uab.edu/ccts
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Clinical and Translational Science Training Program Accepting Applications Through Monday
Sign up now for a last bit of translational science training, before the year's out!

The CCTS 2015 RFA for the Clinical and Translational Science (CTS) Training Program is now available. The application deadline is Monday, November 17, at 5 pm. Junior faculty and postdoctoral fellows who are interested in an academic career in clinical and translational research are invited to apply. Click here for more information.


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.

Save the Date: 
CCTS Green & Gold 
Holiday Forum 
Wednesday, December 17


The halls of PCAMS will be decked and we're looking forward to a festive holiday Forum on Wednesday, Dec. 17. We know your calendar's getting packed so add us to your December plans now! More info to come.


Seminars, Symposia and Conferences

CCTS/CTO Research Seminar Series

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, Dec. 4    

Data Management: What You Need to Know 

Presenter: Charity Morgan, PhD

This program will provide basic guidance and understanding of the importance of the management of data for a research study.

Target audience: Investigators, Research nurse coordinators and managers, research nurses, and data managers 


Join in remotely via our GoToMeeting account:

  • 1. Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

  • 2. Use your microphone and speakers (VOIP) for audio. You'll sound best with a headset. You can also call in(267) 507-0008
    Access Code: 930-891-813 
    Audio PIN: Shown after joining the session


Monday, Nov. 17

UAB-VA Health Services, Outcomes, and Effectiveness Research Training Program

10-11:30 am

**New Location** Pittman Center (PCAMS)


"Designing a Pilot Study"

Presented by:


David Redden, PhD

Chair and Professor

Department of Biostatistics

School of Public Health


Monday, Nov. 17

Training Interdisciplinary and Emerging Research Scholars (TIERS) Career Development Event with Tulane University

PCAMS, 1924 7th Avenue South


Tuesday, Nov. 18

UAB Core and Shared Resources Day


UAB Campus Recreation Center, 1501 University Boulevard


Come see several CCTS-related Cores and Services represented at UAB Core Day! UAB Core and Shared Resources 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 and services available. Learn first-hand about over 80 UAB cores and shared resources offering services and specialized equipment on campus. 

Pizza provided; no registration to attend

Sponsored by the University Wide Interdisciplinary Research Centers (UWIRCs) program  


Tuesday, Dec. 2

NCI Advanced Topics in Implementation Science (IS) Research Webinar Series

"What New Investigators Need to Know about Dissemination and Implementation Research"

12:30-1:30 pm, online



Presented by Alice Ammerman
Director, Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Professor, Department of Nutrition

Gillings School of Public Heath, School of Medicine

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

For more information and to register:

CLICK TO REGISTER (https://cyberseminar.cancercontrolplanet.org/implementationscience/)

Once you register at the link above, you will receive a confirmation email with the log-in information for the audio and web portion of the call - please be sure to save that information so you can access the session on Octoberth.

Relevant References: Recommended to be reviewed in advance of the session

1.       Tabak RG, Khoong EC, Chambers D, Brownson RC.  Bridging Research and Practice: Models for Dissimenation and Implementation Research. Am J Prev Med. 2012;43(3): 337-350.

2.       Babcock-Parziale J, Glasgow RE.  Training Institute for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health: Rationale for "D&I" Research. July 2012.


Check out the CCTS  Funding Opportunities page on our website. 

We list

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

  • Applications to Disseminate Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) through Clinical Decision Support (U19)
  • NIH Director's Early Independence Awards (DP5; limited submission policy applies)
  • Development and Translation of Medical Technologies to Reduce Health Disparities (SBIR)
  • Clinical Studies of Safety and Effectiveness of Orphan Products Research Project Grant (R01)

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 for 1-Yr Pilot Grant Applications

Focusing on Minority Aging & Health Disparities in the African American Population



www.uab.edu/MHRC.  No paper submissions are accepted.

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.


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, 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. 


Wednesday, November 19 

 UAB CCTS Biostatistics Clinic                                                    

11:30 am-1pm

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. 


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1924 Seventh Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35294

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