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UAB Core and Shared Resources Day 2015

The UAB CCTS is proud to to be a part of the UAB Core and Shared Resources Day, presented annually by  Dr. Richard Marchase, Vice President for Research and Economic Development, and the UAB University-Wide Interdisciplinary Research Centers (UWIRCs). Taking place over lunchtime at the UAB Rec Center, more than  70 Core Facilities and Shared Resources presented posters allowing opportunities for UAB researchers and attendees to learn about the wide variety of services and equipment available for the support of new or ongoing research programs.   

For more information and to view a listing of presenters, visit http://uab.edu/research/administration/centerscores/pages/core-day.aspx.

 Following are some of the many CCTS Cores represented at Wednesday's event.

Core/Resource Name Director Poster Presenter
CCTS Bionutrition Core Betty Darnell Suzanne Choquette
UAB Informatics Elliott Lefkowitz Elliot Lefkowitz
CCTS CRSP Penny Jester Penny Jester
CCTS Research Implementation Education and Competencies Penny Jester Penny Jester
CCTS Core Lab and Biorepository Jeffrey Edberg Jeffrey Edberg
CCTS Research Commons Stuart Frank Jennifer Croker
CCTS Partner Network Robert Kimberly Jennifer Croker
CCTS CRU Nursing Burt Nabors Jolene Lewis
CCTS BERD David Redden David Redden
CCTS Training Academy David Chaplin Ryan Outman
CCTS Auburn MRI Research Center Thomas Denney Thomas Denney


Wednesday, December 2
CCTS Forum
"New Year, New NIH Expectations: Are You Ready?"

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.
Seminars, Symposia and Conferences
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

Thursday, December 3
CTO Research Seminar Series
"Updates in Research"*
with Penny Jester

*Note: This is the final CTO Seminar for 2015

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.

Friday, December 4
CCTS Monthly Mentoring Lunch

PCAMS - 1924 7th Avenue South

Join the CCTS Training Academy leadership for an informal discussion over lunch about the various aspects of mentoring.
RSVP to ccts@uab.edu by noon on the Wednesday prior to each Friday lunch.

Thursday, December 10
Professional Skills Development Series (PSDS)
Title:  "The Temptation to Manipulate Images"
with Jeffrey A. Engler, PhD
Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics
Learning goals:
·         Define what constitutes image fraud
·         Describe tools to detect inappropriate manipulation of figures and micrographs
·         Share best practices for archiving data
·         Responding to allegations of image fraud in your publications

The PSDS program is also available via  GoToMeeting using the following: 
Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.  https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/840329197
You can also dial in using your phone: (224) 501-3412
Access Code: 840-329-197

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. 
*NOTE: The Clinic will not be held on Monday, November 23.

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:
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. 

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