CCTS Digest 12.12.14 | www.uab.edu/ccts
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CCTS KL2 Awardee Granted American Cancer Society 

Mentored Research Scholars Grant


Kristen Triebel, PsyD, will start her new year off right by beginning a five-year, $728,000 American Cancer Society Mentored Research Scholars grant on January 1, 2015.

Dr. Kristen Triebel, Recipient 2015 American Cancer Society Mentored Research Scholars Grant

Triebel's research is on "Decisional Capacity Evaluation in Metastatic Brain Cancer," looking at long-term decision-making abilities in patients with advanced cancers, including lung and breast cancer that has metastasized to the brain, and pancreatic cancer. It also examines issues in these patients' treatment, cognitive function and quality of life.


"These patients are seriously ill and have to make a lot of important medical decisions," Triebel says. "We are looking to see if our initial findings from metastatic cancer patients can generalize to other cancer populations who have comparable levels of illness-even those who don't get tumors that spread to the brain." 


The goal, she says, is to be able to improve decision-making capacity. "We hope this research leads to better understanding of patients at risk, so we can advise on best practices for assessment and interventions to support patients in this capacity, ultimately improving their quality of life."


Triebel, who received a KL2 award from the CCTS in 2012, leveraged that research into this five-year grant from the American Cancer Society (ACS). She is an assistant professor of Neurology and Director, Neuropsychology Fellowship Training Program in the Department of Neurology. The award provides opportunities to conduct grow a research program by fostering collaboration with other cancer investigators in the Comprehensive Cancer Center, she says. 


Read the full story here.





Do you have a research proposal that is almost ready for prime time but could use an extra boost?


The UAB CCTS, in conjunction with Dr. David Allison's Nutrition Obesity Research Center, invites you to take part in a 闭关 or "biguan." 

The Chinese term 闭关 (pronounced roughly 'biguan') loosely translates to a period of retreat to a quiet place for meditation. The 闭关 or cloistered sessions for grant application development and writing hosted thus far receive heavy support from senior investigators.


Read more about this process and how you can apply, here.


If this controlled and non-chaotic environment for grant-writing appeals to you, we encourage you to contact the Research Commons for more information, at: ccts@uab.edu, or (205) 934-7442.


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, (205) 934-7442.





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. 


The CTO Research Seminar Series will continue in 2015-look for details in upcoming Digests.



Save the Date 

Genetics and Genomics in Clinical Research

Genomics Immersion Course


January 26th-30th, 2015



Location: Edge of Chaos

1700 University Blvd. 4th floor

Birmingham AL 35294


$50 - Faculty

$25 -Post-Doc

$10 - Students


This course will review the principles, major technologies, and experimental approaches in genetics and genomics through both lectures and hands-on activities. Course will be taught by Department of Genetics and HudsonAlpha faculty. CME credit application submitted. Registration information will follow. Please save your spot by emailing Shaila Handattu at hande@uab.edu.

You are Invited:

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.


Check out the CCTS Funding Opportunities page on our website. 




Gulf States Health Policy Center Seeks Applicants for Research Projects Focusing on Health Policy


The Gulf States Health Policy Center (Gulf States HPC) invites applications for community-based health research projects lasting up to two years. The research projects should examine whether or how socioeconomic, environmental, and/or health and health-system policies may contribute to health outcomes in communities. The results of this research should assist in providing evidence to inform policy change and health system improvements that will increase community resilience and ultimately improve the health outcomes of citizens in the Gulf States region (Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Florida, and Texas). 


Letters of Intent Due: January 15, 2015

Project Start Date: July 1, 2015


Click here for more information on the program.


Click here to submit an LOI.


For further information, please contact Eboni Bryant at (205) 934-1277, or via email at ebonibryant@uabmc.edu.


For questions regarding application format and online submission, please contact Gabriela Oates at (205) 975-7940, or via email at goates@uab.edu. 




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 Monday, 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.



Call for Applications for 2015 MHRC Health Disparities Research Training Certificate Program (HDRTP)


The UAB Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center (UAB MHRC) is delighted to announce the call for applications focusing on health disparities research in cancer, aging, cardiovascular disease, HIV, and other disease conditions. We invite you to recommend appropriate faculty who might be interested in the two-year research training program occurring February 2015 through February 2017, coordinated by the UAB MHRC.  Individual scholars who complete program requirements will receive a Certificate in Health Disparities Research.

  • Interested faculty members should apply.
  • All candidates must submit an application, CV, Statement of Intent, and Letter of Support (LOS) through the UAB MHRC website.
  • Request your LOS now - from a supervising senior faculty person, Director, Dean, or Chair, in order to upload with other documents. 
  • LOS should address support of research career and release time to participate in the HDRTP.
  • Please have all materials ready to upload in Adobe PDF format and submit at one time.
  • Application deadline is Wednesday, January 7, 2015, by 11:59 PM Central Time.

 Click here for more info on program

Click here to submit application




The MHRC is also soliciting abstracts for its 2015 Health Disparities Research Symposium. Visit this link for more information and to submit.



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

December 17


PCAMS Building 1924 7th Avenue South

UAB CCTS Biostatistics Clinic                                                    


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 

(205) 934-4905 or connecting through Research Commons on the CCTS home page. 


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