December 13, 2013
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Second Annual Community Health Innovation Awards Presented



CHIA-winning Community Carpentry Project team members assemble a wall during their award-winning presentation



The UAB CCTS and the One Great Community program are proud to announce the winners of the 2013 Community Health Innovation Awards. The winners were announced Thursday, Dec. 12, following the groups' presentations to a panel of judges. 


These applicant teams were awarded the following funding amounts based on the judges' decisions:


1.       Community Carpentry Project - $25,000

2.       Inhabit Bush Hills - $15,000

3.       Oakwood Neighborhood Association's Spark to the Park - $10,000

4.       New Rising Star Missionary Baptist Church - $7,000

5.       Freshwater Land Trust - $5,000


A small recognition reception is being planned for the CHIA Awardees on Wednesday, December 18, from 5:30-7 p.m. at the UAB Alumni House (1301 10th Avenue South). Applicants have been asked to prepare a short 2-3 minute synopsis of their project idea.  They've been instructed to share their project's title, overall purpose, key partners they'd like to mention, and what they hope to accomplish with the funds. A presentation check will be given, photos taken and guests can mix and mingle with the awardees. 


Look to future issues of the CCTS Digest and our website for profiles on this year's winners and their projects.




Tuesday, December 17

8 a.m.-4 p.m.

One-Day Workshop on the Analysis of Metabolomics Data

Learning Resource Center, Rooms 215/219


UAB's Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology is offering a One-Day Workshop on the Analysis of LC-MS Metabolomics Data on Tuesday, December 17th, 2013. The workshop will be an all-day event from 8:00am to 4:00pm in the Learning Resource Center (LRC) room 215/219 (in the School of Allied Health Professions). We appreciate the support of the UAB CCTS for the workshop.


Registration for this event is required. The registration from is online at One-Day Workshop on the Analysis of Metabolomics Data.



Xiuxia Du, PhD (UNC-Charlotte)

Paul Benton, PhD (Scripps Research Institute)

Stephen Barnes, PhD (UAB)


Who should attend:

Those who have already obtained metabolomics data

Those ready to do metabolomics experiments

Those writing or thinking about metabolomics proposals


It will be essential that you bring your own laptop to participate in this workshop. Instructions on how to download the necessary software (R and Rstudio) will be sent to you once registration is complete.



Tuesday, December 17

11 a.m.-Noon

Coordinated Works in Progress (WIP) Seminars in Health Services, Outcomes and Policy Research

 Ryals 209


"Lister Hill Center Survey of Alabamians on Health Care Reform"  

Presenter: Michael A. Morrisey, Ph.D.

Health Care Organization and Policy



Tuesday, December 17

Noon-1 p.m.

Southern Research Institute Library Conference Room

2000 9th Avenue South

(Lunch provided)


Southern Research's Cancer Research Seminars serve as a platform for scientists to present their research and exchange ideas on cancer research/cancer drug discovery. 

Dr. Stephen Aller



Stephen Aller, PhD

Assistant Professor

UAB Dept. of Pharmacology & Toxicology

Link to the Aller Lab

Thursday, December 19
"Patient Reported Outcomes Data in Action: Real Information for Clinical Care and Research"
11 a.m.-Noon
Medical Towers Room 634
Dr. Amy Abernethy

Featuring presenter Amy Abernethy, MD, PhD, from Duke University. Dr. Abernethy directs the Center for Learning Healthcare (CLHC) in the Duke Clinical Research Institute. She also directs the Duke Cancer Care Research Program (DCCRP), a part of the CLHC that connects to the Duke Cancer Institute. As Director of the CLHC, Dr. Abernethy spearheads the organization to develop and test practical solutions to facilitate learning health care delivery systems and evidence-based patient-centered care. She is an internationally recognized expert in health services research and delivery in patient-centered cancer care, especially pain, symptom management and palliative care. If you have any questions regarding the seminar, please contact Ryan Outman (routman@uab.edu).


Please register to attend this presentation no later than December 17.


Thursday, December 19
CCTS Drug Discovery Seminar: 
Noon-1 p.m.
PCAMS, 1924 7th Avenue South


David Winwood, PhD, CEO UAB Research Foundation



"Intellectual Property Aspects of Drug Discovery" presented by Dr. David Winwood, CEO of the UAB Research Foundation



Request for Proposals: 

The UAB Hepato/Renal Fibrocystic Disease Core Center (UAB HRFDCC; P30 DK074038) invites brief proposals for Pilot and Feasibility studies in basic and translational research related to HRFD. Please see the attached announcement.  Letters of Intent are due February 17th, 2014.


For additional information, contact Bradley Yoder (byoder@uab.edu), Michal Mrug (mmrug@uab.edu) or Joanne Murphy-Ullrich (murphy@uab.edu). 


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.


**PLEASE NOTE: 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.  



Call for Applications: UAB Center for Exercise Medicine Pre-Doctoral Training Program


Program Title: Interdisciplinary Training in Pathobiology and Rehabilitation Medicine

Grant Number: 1T32HD071866

Sponsor: NIH National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research



The overarching goal of this training program is to develop future leaders in translational rehabilitation research who are specifically equipped to test and disseminate novel rehabilitative strategies that will alleviate functional impairment and compromised life quality in the face of chronic disease management.  Exercise medicine is a major focus of this training program.


Application, Review, and Selection:

1.      Applicants should submit a letter of interest and CV to exercise@uab.edu.

2.      Applicants will be reviewed by the Executive Committee, followed by interviews of the top candidates.

3.      Select candidates will prepare an Individual Development Plan with the primary mentor and translational mentoring team. To learn more about the primary mentors and their research programs, click here.


Learn more about the program under Training Opportunities at  www.uab.edu/exercise.




Call for Applications: UAB MHRC Health Disparities Research Training Program (HDRTP)


The  UAB Minority Health Research Center is delighted to announce the call for applications for the Health Disparities Research Training Program 2014, 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 2014 through February 2016, coordinated by the MHRC.


         Interested faculty members should apply.

         All candidates must submit an application, CV, Statement of Intent, and Letter of Support (LOS) through the UAB MHRC Web site.

         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 Tuesday, January 7, 2014, by 11:59pm Central Time.


Click here for full description and requirements  

Click here to submit application


This interdisciplinary professional development program is recruiting and will train junior faculty, and mid-level faculty interested in making a transition to disparities research (transitional faculty).  We encourage interested minority faculty to apply.


If you would like more information, please contact Ann Smith at (205) 934-9903, or via email at annsmith@uab.edu.  


Please forward the attached information about this training opportunity to colleagues who may be interested in the training program.


Applications and Letters of Support are due by Tues, Jan. 7, 2014.


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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