February 14, 2014
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The TIERS Event, originally scheduled for Tuesday, February 11, and the Professional Skills Training Program (PSTP) originally scheduled for Feb. 13, will both be rescheduled. Look to future issues of the "Digest" for updates, as well as as on our website, www.uab.edu/ccts and on Facebook and Twitter. Thanks!


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Monday, February 17
New!  Epidemiology/Biostatistics Clinic in The Edge of Chaos


This clinic provides the UAB community access to epidemiology and biostatistics resources.  Available most Mondays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in The Edge of Chaos (Lister Hill Library, 4th floor).  Check the  Edge of Chaos calendar  for confirmation of meeting dates and times. 
Tuesday, February 18

The Civitan Research Club Presents:

Scientific Communication and Innovation

"Your Diet: Quality Not Quantity Affects Weight Loss"

With Dr. Barbara Gower, Professor, Dept. of Nutrition Sciences, Nutrition Obesity Research Center


6 pm

Civitan International Research Center

on the corner of 6th Avenue South and 18th Street South with free parking in the Spain Rehabilitation Center


Questions: contact desilvat@uab.edu


Wednesday, February 26

UAB CCTS Biostatistics Clinic

11:30 am-1:30 pm

Pittman Center for Advanced Medical Studies (PCAMS) 

1924 7th Avenue South




Are you in need of some data analysis or research design assistance? 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.  


Wednesday, February 26

 Lessons from the Tuskegee Syphilis Study: Bioethics, healthcare disparities and implications for 21st-Century medicine

Featuring Rueben Warren, MDiv, DDS, DrPH, director of the National Center for Bioethics in Research and Health Care at Tuskegee University  

Dr. Reuben Warren, Tuskegee University

Volker Hall Lecture Room E (first floor)

The Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs in the UAB School of Medicine invites you to join us as Dr. Rueben C. Warren, Director of the Tuskegee University National Center for Bioethics in Research and Healthcare, discusses the history of the Tuskegee Syphilis Study and its implications for bioethics, primary care, medical policy, and research.

Food and refreshments will be served.


Friday, February 28

World Rare Disease Day Symposium



Featuring Bruce Korf, MD, PhD (UAB); Wayne Grody, MD, PhD (UCLA); Greg Barsh, MD, PhD (HudsonAlpha Institute); Les Biesecker, MD, PhD (NHGRI); Maria Descartes, MD (UAB); Meagan Cochran, MS, CGC (UAB) 

Learn how genome sequencing can be used in medical practice

Topics include:

  • Genetic diagnosis by genome sequencing
  • Genomics of developmental delay
  • The UAB Undiagnosed Diseases Program and the NIH ClinSeq Project

8 am-3 pm 

Children's Harbor

1600 6th Ave S #200

Birmingham, AL 35233


Registration fee is $15; click here to register.



Friday, March 21, 2014


Second Annual Joint Symposium in Transplantation

Improving on Success: Identifying and Affecting the Key Barriers to Better Transplantation

7:30 am-5 pm


Emory Conference Center Hotel

1615 Clifton Rd.

Atlanta, GA 30329



We invite submission of abstracts relevant to transplant immunology or protective immunity.  Top selected abstracts will deliver an oral presentation, with other abstracts selected for poster presentations.  The abstract submission deadline is March 1, 2014.  Submit your abstract (250 words) to  vwebb@emory.edu.



Keynote Address:  Flavio Vincenti, MD

Transplantation in the 21st Century:  Successes and the Hurdles for Success


Richard Formica, MD Yale University

The Impact of the New Kidney Allocation System


Topics to include:

Access to Transplantation

Disparities in Transplantation

Changes in Organ Allocation

Transplant Quality & Economics in the 21st Century



Email Vicky Webb at vwebb@emory.edu for free registration




Kenneth Newell, MD, PhD * Roslyn Mannon, MD * Robert Gaston, MD



Funding Opportunities:

  • Department of Defense Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program Fiscal Year 2014 Appropriation Announcement

    The Fiscal Year 2014 (FY14) Defense Appropriations Act provides $200 million to the Department of Defense Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP). The funding is provided to support select medical research projects of clear scientific merit and direct relevance to military health.


    The vision of the PRMRP is to improve the health and well-being of all military service members, veterans, and beneficiaries. This program is administered by the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC) through the Office of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP).  

    FY14 PRMRP program announcements and general application instructions are anticipated to be posted on Grants.gov in Spring 2014. Application deadlines will be available when the Program Announcements are released. This press release should not be construed as an obligation by the government.
    All applications must conform to the final program announcements and application instructions that will be available for electronic downloading from the  Grants.gov (http://grants.gov ) website. The application package containing the required forms for each award mechanism will also be found on Grants.gov. A listing of all USAMRMC funding opportunities can be obtained on the Grants.gov website by performing a basic search using CFDA Number 12.420.

    Point of Contact:

    CDMRP Public Affairs 




Looking Ahead in 2014:

Translational Science
Conference Accepting Abstracts Through February 17, 2014
If you were snowbound and a little behind on submitting your abstract for Translational Science 2014, sponsored by the Association for Clinical and Translational Science (ACTS) and the American Federation for Medical Research (AFMR)-you're in luck! The deadline has been extended through February 17, 2014.


Among the distinguished scientists and leaders who will be presenting are:
  • Dr. Christopher Austin, Director of the National Center for Advancing Clinical and Translational Science (NCATS)
  • Dr. Bruce Gellin of the National Vaccine Program Office, US Department of Health and Human Services
  • Dr. John McKew of the National Center for Advancing Clinical and Translational Science (NCATS)
  • Dr. William Chin, Executive Vice President, Science and Regulatory Affairs, PhRMA
The program will include Mock Study Sections and Concurrent Sessions on "Scientific Misconduct: Pitfalls for the Junior Investigator," "How to Write a K Grant," "K to R" Mentoring to Success," "Pediatrics/Child Health," Academic Advancement for Translational Researchers," and "Serendipity in Science."  
New this year, a limited number of abstracts will be selected for oral presentations, in addition to poster sessions.

Submit your presentation abstract to  Translational Science 2014 Abstract Submission by Wednesday, February 17, 2014.



ADDA Request for PreProposals for Pilot Funding

The Alabama Drug Discovery Alliance, with the UAB CCTS and the Center for Emerging Drug Discovery (CEDD) plan to fund up to 2 pilot grants of up to $50,000 per year for 2 years. The process to apply is now a two-step system, requesting 2-page pre-proposals with a deadline of Monday, February 17, 8:30 a.m.


More details can be found in the attached PDF. Please read this carefully and make sure your proposed project falls within the scope of the solicitation.


Selected pre-proposals will be invited to submit a full proposal due on April 14; funded projects will have a start date of July 1, 2014.


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). 



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.




HudsonAlpha BioTrain Accepting Applications for 2014 Summer Internships

is happy to announce that the 2014 summer internship applications are now live. Applications will be accepted through February 15, 2014, at 5 pm and must be submitted online. When you are ready, you may fill out and submit your application by clicking here.For detailed descriptions of the internships, click here. 



2014 McGill Pharmacoepidemiology Summer Program course offerings within the summer session at McGill University.  Enrollment is limited.

This year we will again offer 4 courses, each given intensively over a 4-day period and taught by skilled pharmacoepidemiologists and talented instructors. The courses have been revamped to incorporate newer techniques of design and analysis, as well as to discuss "hot topics" in pharmacoepidemiology.

May 5th - May 9th:       Introduction to Pharmacoepidemiology (Dr Linda L�vesque)   May 12th - May 15th:   Intermediate Pharmacoepidemiology (Drs Laurent Azoulay and Kristian Filion)
May 19th - May 22th:   Advanced Pharmacoepidemiology (Prs Samy Suissa and Pierre Ernst)   May 26th - May 29th:  Pharmacoeconomics: Applied Statistical methods (Dr Jaime Caro)

Spend one or a few weeks in Montreal, at a time of the year where the snow has melted long ago and the weather is lovely. May is a busy time in Montreal, with many conventional and eccentric festivals (Beer, International music, Digital arts fest, Chamber Music Festival, Anarchist book fair, Montreal Bike Fest, etc).  You will meet other outstanding students from around the globe, coming from diverse milieus of academia, industry and regulatory agencies.     




Plan Ahead for Summer!

Johns Hopkins June 16-July 3, 2014

Graduate Summer Institute of Epidemiology & Biostatistics

Baltimore, MD




2014 courses include:


  *   Principles of Epidemiology

  *   Statistical Reasoning in Public Health 

  *   Conducting Epidemiological

  *   Nutritional Epidemiology

  *   Molecular Biology for Genetic Epidemiology

  *   Pharmacoepidemiology

  *   Longitudinal Data Analysis

  *   Design and Conduct of Clinical Trials

  *   Advanced Methods in Observational Studies: Design


See Our Full Course List and click for deadlines, application info, and more! 


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