December 6, 2013
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News You May Have Missed


December Forum Features Technology Used to Enhance Medicine, Research 

The CCTS enjoyed a fascinating array of presentations on Wednesday, December 4, as several UAB faculty shared their experiences in using new technologies and concepts to improve upon medical practices and research.

In the lineup were:

  • Dr. Kent Keyser, on Gulf Coast Horizon Research Opportunities, including an update on the National Academy of Sciences' $500 million program focused on human health, environmental protection, and oil system safety
  • Dr. Henry Wang, on Tech-enabled Emergency Medicine, using a seemingly simple system of highly-trained personnel to administer blood transfusions 

  • Dr. Brent Ponce, on Google Glass in the Surgical Suite, whereby he performed a shoulder replacement surgery utilizing Google Glass 

  • Dr. Jeff Curtis on Tech-enabled Patient Reported Outcomes, using an iPad app in the waiting room to assess and advise patients on symptoms, treatment, and satisfaction
We enjoyed having Dr. Kim Littlefield of the University of South Alabama join us via videoconference, and invite you all to join us-in person or virtually-for our next Forum in January.


CHIA Winners' Walking Bus Project Published in Journal


The UAB CCTS congratulates Dr. Adrienne Milner and Dr. Elizabeth Baker, Assistant Professors, Department of Sociology, on the publication of the first paper associated with the Birmingham Walking Buses project, in the Open Journal of Preventive Medicine. The link to the article is here: http://www.scirp.org/journal/OJPM/. The Birmingham Walking Buses were born out of the inaugural 2012  Community Health Innovation Awards. The One Great Community Project and Community Council are acknowledged in the paper on page 523 of the PDF version.


The Birmingham Walking Buses are a series of scheduled, guided walking routes that occur on a regular basis through downtown Birmingham, UAB campus, and the Southside/Lakeview area.


The Community Health Innovation Award process, now in its second year, is ongoing. 2013 winners will announced later this month. Click here to read more about the application and award processes, and check back for news on this year's winners. 


Chris Austin, director of the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) did a little time on Reddit this week, alongside a WSJ reporter who covers health and science. Austin and reporter Amy Dockser Marcus answered questions about rare diseases and the research process. Click here to read back over the questions and answers.


This morning, from 8-11 a.m. CST,
Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, was featured on C-SPAN's "Washington Journal" discussing the institute's mission and role. You can watch the coverage here. Also featured are interviews with Dr. Anthony Fauci, on Infectious Disease Research; Dr. Eric Green on Human Genome Research; Dr. Thomas Insel on Mental Health Research; and Dr. Harold Varmus on Cancer Research.




Monday, December 10

11 a.m.-Noon

Faculty Office Tower 803

(Lunch provided)


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


"Assessing Comparative Effectiveness of Biologics and Communicating Risk in Juvenile and Adult Inflammatory Arthritis," with presenter:


Timothy Beukelman, MD, MSCE

Associate Professor

Division of Pediatric Rheumatology




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.


Wednesday, December 11

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Biostatistics Clinic

PCAMS (Pittman Center for Advanced Medical Studies), 1924 7th Avenue South
Lunch is provided. Please note: this is the final clinic of the year. The next Biostats Clinic will take place Jan. 8, 2014.

The CCTS offers a bi-weekly Biostatistics Clinic on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month.  These drop-in clinics are designed for investigators needing assistance with: Study Design Sample Size and Power Calculations Data Analysis Display of Data and Results Interpretation of Results Statistical Software 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.

Thursday, December 12
Noon-1 p.m.
Alabama Drug Discovery Seminar Series: Pharmacokinetics and ADME
PCAMS (Pittman Center for Advanced Medical Studies)
Featuring: Mark Suto, PhD, Vice President, Drug Discovery, Southern Research
Lunch is provided; for more information on the series, including upcoming speakers, visit our website.  



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.  


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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