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December 20, 2013
 
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Very Merry Holiday Season!

  

Newly identified immune receptor may activate B cells in autoimmunity

Genetic variations mean that some people have activating Fc receptors on their B cells (red) and are more likely to develop autoimmune diseases.

 

A newly identified immune protein influences

each person's response to vaccines and risk for autoimmune diseases like lupus and 

multiple sclerosis, according to a study published this week by researchers from the 

CCTS and the UAB School of Medicine in the journal Science Translational Medicine. 

The protein, called a receptor and part of signaling pathways, also provides a new target for personalized therapies for patients with autoimmune diseases. The research team found that people with a genetic variant present in approximately 15 percent of the world population can express an additional immune system receptor on their B cells, the cells that make antibodies. 

 

 

Community Health Innovation Award-Winners Celebrated

  

The 2013 CHIA-winning teams

 

  

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. On Wednesday, December 18, the winners and representatives from UAB gathered at the UAB Alumni House to hear about the successful projects and hand out checks! The winners will have a year to start their projects and begin operating them in earnest. Check back for profiles on this year's winners and their projects.

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

SAVE THE DATE for 2014:

 

Feb. 14, 2014

Campus Community Speed Matching

Connecting UAB Faculty, Students, and Community Nonprofit Organizations Together

For more information see the attached flyer or contact Libba Vaughn: libbav@uab.edu

 

 

Request for Applications: 

The UAB Comprehensive Cardiovascular Center invites applications for the 2014 Population/Clinical Science Pilot Grant

Deadline: 5pm CT, February 13, 2014


The Comprehensive Cardiovascular Center (CCVC) at UAB invites population and/or clinical interdisciplinary, multi-investigator research proposals that address critical issues relevant to cardiovascular disease. Areas of specific interest include Cardiac Reparative and Regenerative Medicine; Cardiovascular Risk Factors and Prevention; Hypertension, Heart Failure and Transplantation; Heart Rhythm and Arrhythmias; Valvular and Congenital Disease; and Vascular and Ischemic Heart Disease. 

 

If funded, the proposed start date of the CCVC Population/Clinical Science Pilot grant will be June 1st, 2014. It is anticipated that 1 pilot project with a budget not exceeding a total of $50,000 will be awarded based on merit and availability of funds. Awards are not renewable. Half the budget will be allocated at the outset of the award. To assure funding of the remaining budget for the second six-month period, awardees will be asked to provide a six-month interim report and presentation on project progress, as well as a one-year final report and presentation on accomplishments to the CCVC Steering Committee. Please read attachment for more information.

 

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). 

  

9th Annual Health Disparities Research Symposium: 
March 20 - Call for Abstracts
The UAB Health Disparities Research Symposium highlights the work of faculty and student investigators in the areas of basic science, clinical and translational science, social and behavioral sciences, outcomes research, and community-based research related to health disparities. Submissions in the areas listed below are encouraged:  Bio-physiological Mechanisms of Health Disparities * Behavioral Mechanisms of Health Disparities Gene-Environment Interaction and Health Disparities * Social Determinants of Health A Life-Course Approach to Health and Illness * Community-Based Approaches to Health Evidence-Based Strategies for Health Equity       DEADLINE: February 1, 2014.       
ELIGIBILITY: Abstracts must represent results of original research.  A presenting author is expected to register for and attend the symposium.  
See attached for more details on how to submit.
 
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

 

Purpose:

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

 

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.

 

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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