CCTS Digest 11.21.14 | www.uab.edu/ccts
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Wishing You a Happy Thanksgiving
Happy Thanksgiving to You & Yours from the CCTS


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.



Present Your Research at Translational Science 2015

Translational Science 2015, sponsored by the Association for Clinical and Translational Science (ACTS) and the American Federation for Medical Research (AFMR), will be held from Thursday April 16 through Saturday April 18, 2015, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington D.C. This meeting offers a variety of ways for you to share your experiences, challenges and fresh approaches with professional from around the country.

ACTS is accepting abstracts for consideration from all levels of training, including:

  • Pre-Doctoral Trainee (TL1 Scholar): Students conducting research who are recipients of an NIH CTSA funded TL1 Clinical Research Training Award
  • Pre-Doctoral Trainee (T32, F32, Foundation, Intramural or other): All other Pre-Doctoral students conducting research.
  • Post-Doctoral Trainee (T32, F32, Foundation, IDEA, Intramural awards): All post doctoral trainees and clinical fellows conducting research
  • KL2 or IDEA Funded Scholar: Junior faculty conducting research who are funded by a NIH KL2 (institutional) award or an IDEA Grant.
  • K-Funded Scholar: Faculty conducting research who are funded by a NIH K12 (institutional) award, or any other K series awards.
  • Mid-Career and Senior Scientists: Individuals conducting research who are mid career, senior level faculty/staff scientists.
  • Education/Career Development: Individuals designing, planning executing, administrating career development programs

Abstract Submission Categories

Prepare your abstract submission for one of the following categories:

  • Best Practices/ Resources
  • Clinical Epidemiology
  • Clinical Trial
  • Ethics
  • Health Services Research
  • Methodology
  • Outcomes Research
  • Mechanistic Basic to Clinical

Distinct categories have been developed for those submitting under the Education/Career Development distinction which include the following:

  • Collaboration/Team Science
  • Education / Program Innovation
  • Mentoring
  • Career Development

Submit your presentation abstract to the Translational Science 2015 Abstract Submission site by Tuesday, January 20, 2015. You must register to attend Translational Science 2015 in order to have your poster accepted. Registration for the meeting will open in the next few weeks. 


Contact the CCTS with your ideas for submission: ccts@uab.edu.





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


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. 


Next Deadline for NCATS SBIR/STTR Applications is December 5


Don't forget, the next application deadline for the 2014 SBIR/STTR Omnibus Solicitation is Friday, Dec. 5, 2014. NCATS welcomes applications for its current Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grant funding opportunities


If you have questions about the NCATS SBIR and STTR programs and funding, or if you would like to discuss a project idea, contact the NCATS Office of Strategic Alliances.


NCATS offers small business funding opportunities through the SBIR and STTR programs for entrepreneurs aiming to commercialize innovations that will improve disease detection, prevention and treatment. These programs are one of the largest funding sources of early-stage life sciences in the U.S.


Benefits of SBIR and STTR funding include:

  • Funded projects undergo NIH's rigorous scientific peer review.
  • All intellectual property rights are retained by the small business.
  • Funding is not a loan; it is non-dilutive capital.


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. 


Wednesdays, 11:30am-1pm

Dec. 3, 10, 17

 UAB CCTS Biostatistics Clinic                                                    


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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