November 22, 2013


Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours next Thursday, November 28.




Monday, November 25

8:30-11:45 a.m.

SPARK Workshop

Innovation Depot

1500 First Avenue North



Are you a Birmingham-area inventor or entrepreneur interested in proof-of-concept funding for your innovative product or company? Please join us on Monday, November 25th between 8 AM and noon at Innovation Depot (1500 First Ave N, Birmingham AL 35203) for a free half day workshop on how to enter the Alabama Launchpad start-up competition and compete for up to $100,000 in cash grants.


Registration is free and available at bbasparkworkshop.eventbrite.com     



- Alabama Launchpad gives start-ups from across Alabama the momentum to take an idea from concept to reality with competitive cash grants. More information at alabamalaunchpad.com.

- Spark is a free mentoring and coaching program organized by the Birmingham Business Alliance in partnership with UAB and Innovation Depot to help Birmingham-area startups succeed in the Launchpad startup competition.


Questions or comments? Contact:


Steven Ceulemans
Vice President - Innovation and Technology 

(205) 578-2228 (direct)




Thursday, December 5
Noon-1 p.m.
Alabama Drug Discovery Seminar Series: Toxicology in Support of Preclinical Drug Development
PCAMS (Pittman Center for Advanced Medical Studies)
Lunch is provided. For more more information on the series, visit our website. 
Tuesday, December 10
TIERS Meeting Featuring Dr. Cecilia Schmalbach on Conflict Resolution
5 p.m.
PCAMS (Pittman Center for Advanced Medical Studies)
Dr. Cecilia Schmalbach, Associate Professor of Surgery and Residency Program Coordinator

The CCTS TIERS (Training Interdisciplinary and Emerging Research Scholars) meetings strive to address the career development needs of  junior faculty, postdoctoral trainees, fellows and preprofessional students.  Topics are presented in a relaxed environment structured to promote collaborative learning and problem solving and to strengthen relationships in an effort to broaden the potential of each researcher both individually and collectively.   The TIERS meetings take place in the Pittman Center for Advanced Medical Studies (PCAMS) located at 1924 7th Ave South (across from the School of Dentistry).


This event is free, please register by December 5.


Inviting Project Applications to Include in Roybal Center P30 Renewal


Edward R. Roybal Center for Translational Research in Aging and Mobility


Deadline for Applications:  5 p.m. on Monday, December 2, 2013


The Edward R. Roybal Center for Translational Research in Aging at UAB is inviting pilot project applications from UAB faculty to include in its upcoming competing renewal P30 application to the National Institute on Aging. The mission of the Center is to carry out research that will ultimately enhance the health and well-being of older adults.  Applications should propose studies whose long-range goal is to apply the theories, paradigms, and methodology of the social and behavioral sciences to address mechanisms of behavior change interventions. Since the theme of UAB's Roybal Center is aging and mobility broadly construed, pilot project applications should be consistent with this theme. Priority will be given to proposals that address issues related to decision-making, cognition, resilience, self-control, motivation, and positive health behaviors. 


Please see the attached pdf that gives detailed guidance for application preparation and submission. Questions should be directed to Angela McKinney at AngelaMcKinney@uab.edu or phone (205) 325-8637 (this number is in the Callahan Eye Hospital and outside the UAB phone system).

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.  


Funding Opportunity: NSF Major Research Instrumentation Program Solicitation


The Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) serves to increase access to shared scientific and engineering instruments for research and research training in our Nation's institutions of higher education, and not-for-profit museums, science centers and scientific/engineering research organizations. This program especially seeks to improve the quality and expand the scope of research and research training in science and engineering, by supporting proposals for shared instrumentation that fosters the integration of research and education in research-intensive learning environments. Each MRI proposal may request support for the acquisition (Track 1) or development (Track 2) of a single research instrument for shared inter- and/or intra-organizational use; development efforts that leverage the strengths of private sector partners to build instrument development capacity at MRI submission-eligible organizations are encouraged. For more information click here.


Full Proposal Deadline (due by 5 p.m. proposer's local time): January 23, 2014


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