February 28, 2014
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Today is World Rare Disease Day, and UAB is hosting the UAB World Rare Disease Day Symposium: Genome Sequencing in Clinical Diagnoses
Bruce Korf, MD, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Genetics, and Director, Heflin Center for Genomic Sciences at UAB, organized the symposium. 
It features lectures by genomic experts and researchers, including Leslie Biesecker, MD, PhD, clinical and molecular geneticsit at the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) of the NIH. as well as genetic counselors, and included both a medical professional program and a community program. 
To learn more about the meeting, click here. Visit the NIH's World Rare Disease Day website to learn more about what the NIH is doing. 



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CCTS Calendar today. Here's a quick how-to. 

This workshop will provide research staff (study coordinators, billing staff, regulatory coordinators, etc.) with the basics implements and managing a clinical trial with emphasis on good clinical practices (GCPs), research compliance, and other key topics. This is a six-session course to be held on consecutive Tuesdays, April 1 - May 6, 2014. All classes will be held in the Children's Harbor Bradley Conference Center. Cost is $125 and payable with registration. Enrollment is limited, so please register early. CEUs will be offered and attendance at all of the six sessions will meet initial IRB training requirements. Please remember to bring your nursing license to each session to receive CEUs.

Link to registration:  Spring 2014 Research Coordinator Training Program

Direct questions to Elizabeth Paton - epaton@uab.edu, Penny Jester - pjester@peds.uab.edu, or Kathleen Powell - bucher@uab.edu

Friday, February 28
Best Medicine Show
UAB School of Medicine
7 p.m.

Make plans to attend "The Best Medicine Show" tomorrow night, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m. at the Alabama Theatre for an evening of humor music, dance and short digital films - all produced, directed and performed by SOM students. Profits will go to Equal Access Birmingham. Advance tickets are $7 for students and $10 for general admission.  Tickets purchased at the door are $15.  Go to www.bestmedicineshow.com to purchase tickets and for more information.

Monday, March 10, 17, 24, 31
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. 


Wednesday, March 12

UAB CCTS Biostatistics Clinic

11:30 am-1:30 pm

***Please Note: Change of Venue***

Shelby Building, room 105




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.  


Monday, March 3

Department of Defense CDMRP Opportunity Event

Noon-1 pm

Hugh Kaul Building, Finley Conference Room

705 South 20th Street


The CCTS wants to help position investigators to apply for Department of Defense (DoD) Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP) announcements.  Pre-announcements are being issued now and Program Announcements are expected to be posted on the Grants.gov website in March. we have assembled a group of investigators who have either received DoD funding or reviewed DoD applications to discuss the application process (administrative issues, how to best define a military connection, etc.).  If you are interested in one of the targeted research areas, we would like to invite you to a lunch meeting on Monday, March 3, noon-1 pm.     


Tuesday, March 4

Tuesday, March 4, is Mardi Gras! Wear beads to work and enjoy some king cake!


Tuesday, March 4

"What Kind of Clinical Trials should a National Network Conduct? A Perspective from one year of the NIH HCS Collaboratory and the Startup of PCORI"

Robert Califf, MD 
Director, Duke Translational Medicine Institute, Duke University 

Medical Towers Room 634

11 am-Noon



Dr. Califf is Vice chancellor of clinical and translational research, director of the Duke Translational Medicine Institute (DTMI), and professor of medicine in the Division of Cardiology at the Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina, Robert Califf, MD, leads a multifaceted organization focused on the transformation of how discoveries are translated into improved medical care.  Prior to his role at DTMI, he was the founding director, Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI), a premier academic research organization. He is the editor-in-chief of American Heart Journal, the oldest cardiovascular specialty journal.  He is considered an international leader in the fields of cardiovascular disease treatment, health outcomes, quality of care, and medical economics.


Please register to attend this presentation at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/special-visiting-speaker-seminer-dr-robert-califf-tickets-10625427941 no later than February 28.


If you have any questions regarding the seminar, please contact Ryan Outman (routman@uab.edu).


Thursday, March 6

"Conducting Research with Restricted Datasets in the Atlanta Census Research Data Center"

Melissa Ruby Banzhaf, Ph.D.

Administrator of the Atlanta Census Research Data Center

10:30 am-Noon
RPHB 407


Friday, March 7

6th Annual Methods Seminar in Outcomes Research

Conducting Research Within an Academic Medical Center: Utilizing Health System Data and Measuring Care Processes

8 am-Noon

Medical Towers 634


Topics and Presenters:


"Putting the person into personalized medicine"

David Cella, PhD

Professor of Medical Social Sciences

Northwestern University

"Opportunity Knocks: Assessing Quality of Care Within Your Health System."


Peter Lindenauer, MD, MSc

Director, Center for Quality of Care Research

Baystate Medical Center

"Data Driven Medicine in the Age of Electronic Health Records"


Nigam Shah, MBBS, PhD

Assistant Professor, Biomedical Informatics Research

Stanford University


with a Panel Discussion to follow the speakers.


For planning purposes, please register for the outcomes research methods seminar at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/6th-annual-methods-seminar-in-outcomes-research-tickets-10671551899.


If you have any questions about the seminar or problems with registration, please contact Ryan Outman at routman@uab.edu.



Thursday, March 13

Professional Skills Training Program: Challenges of Ethical Authorship

Drs. Jeff Engler and Jennifer Greer, the UAB Graduate School

11 am-12:15 pm 

West Pavilion, Room E


Join us for the March installment of our 
Professional Skills Training Program seminar series, presented by Dr. Jeff Engler, Assocate Dean for Academic Affairs, UAB Graduate School and Dr. Jennifer Greer, Instructor, UAB Graduate School.


Students and faculty will examine the challenges of authorship, academic style of writing, and ethical presentation of data in images and figures, then evaluate cases and reflect on their own protocols.  

Learning objectives - to understand:
  1. the standards for inclusion as an author;
  2. how to mediate authorship disputes;
  3. ethical issues in sourcing and citing;
  4. how to ethically paraphrase, avoiding unintentional plagiarism; and
  5. what is proper and improper in preparing images for publication.
The PSTP is designed to provide practical assistance in the areas of scientific writing (such as the development of grants and scientific manuscripts), scientific presentations, career development, and leadership. Developed and sponsored by the Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS), the target audience of the PSTP is all faculty, staff, trainees and students interested in expanding their professional skills in the stated areas. Seminars are held monthly on the second Thursday from 11:00 to 12:15 p.m. in West Pavilion Room E. Click here to register.



Thursday, March 20

Minority Health Research Center 9th Annual Health Disparities Research Symposium

Doubletree Hotel

808 20th Street South


For more information and full agenda visit: http://www.uabmhrc.com/

To register click here.


Friday, March 21

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



Friday, March 28

"Survival Skills for Young Investigators"

Presented by Dr. Tung-Tien (Henry) Sun

Cell Biologist, New York University School of Medicine


10:30 am-1:30 pm


The Edge of Chaos, Atrium

Lister Hill Library (LHL), 4th Floor

1700 University Boulevard, Birmingham AL 35294



The workshop will be presented by Dr. Tung-Tien (Henry) Sun, distinguished Cell Biologist at the New York University School of Medicine.

 Dr. Sun's research interests are in cell and molecular biology of stratified epithelial differentiation.  His papers have been cited over 8000 times since 2008 (H-index 84).  He has published in many prestigious journals includingScience, Nature, Cell, JBC, PNAS, and JCB.  Many of his papers on keratin and epithelial stem cells are considered "citation classics."

Attendees will learn the necessary skills that need to be mastered in order to survive and excel in research, including how to get any laboratory technique to work reproducibly and predictably, and how to read a paper actively rather than passively, etc.   

"Survival Skills for Young Investigators" is a free one-day workshop for pre-registered graduate students, post-docs, and early-stage investigators.  Refreshments and lunch will be provided to all who pre-register.  To register, please visit http://survivalskills.eventzilla.net To learn more about the content of Dr. Sun's discussions please visit his workshop website at http://sun-lab.med.nyu.edu/Scientific+Methods.



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 



 "The Mathematical Sciences in Obesity Research" a 5-Day Short Course at UAB 

Monday-Friday, May 12-16, 2014


The mathematical sciences including engineering, statistics, computer science, physics, econometrics, psychometrics, and epidemiology are increasingly being applied to advance our understanding of the causes, consequences, and alleviation of obesity.  These applications do not merely involve routine well-established approaches easily implemented in widely available commercial software. Rather, they increasingly involve computationally demanding tasks, use and in some cases development of novel analytic methods and software, new derivations, computer simulations, and unprecedented interdigitation of two or more existing techniques. Such advances at the interface of the mathematical sciences and obesity research require bilateral training and exposure for investigators in both disciplines. This course on the mathematical sciences in obesity research features some of the world's finest scientists working in this domain to fill this unmet need by providing nine topic driven modules designed to bridge the disciplines.


For full details of the course, please refer to our website at: http://www.soph.uab.edu/energetics/shortcourse/first.  You may also apply online at http://www.soph.uab.edu/energetics/shortcourse/first/application.


Limited travel scholarships are available to young investigators.


Please apply prior to Friday, March 28. Accepted applicants will be notified no later than Friday, April 4.Women, members of underrepresented minority groups and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.  We look forward to seeing you in Birmingham this summer!





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! 



Modeling Mucosal Immunity

Summer School & Symposium, June 9-13, 2014

Blacksburg, VA


Modeling Immunity for Biodefense travel awards now available!

The NIH/NIAID Modeling Immunity for Biodefense (MIB) program provides a annual Summer School & Symposium program to introduce and apply advanced modeling tools and techniques to the study of immunology for hypothesis generation and testing. The application of high-performance computational modeling to this data-rich field is leading to exciting advances using a "lab-to-model-to-lab" iterative discovery process, a team-science approach that presents novel opportunities for immunologists and bioinformaticians.

On June 9-13, 2014, Modeling Mucosal Immunity will take place on the campus of Virginia Tech as a 3.5 day summer school followed immediately by a 1.5 day symposium with leading researchers in the fields of computational modeling and immunology. Modeling Mucosal Immunity is presented by the Center for Modeling Immunity to Enteric Pathogens (MIEP), a Center with the mission of understanding the mechanisms of action underlying immune responses to enteric pathogens.

The focus for this event will be real-world application of computational modeling approaches to studying mucosal immunity. Researchers will lecture, lead hands-on labs, present their latest novel research, and participate in a panel discussing the challenges and rewards of applying modeling techniques to immunology and infectious diseases research.

Travel awards are available for students, postdocs, faculty, and staff who wish to attend, with a preference for junior investigators, students and postdocs. Applications are due March 10th, 2014. Awards will be announced March 25th, 2014. Information regarding registration for the summer school and symposium will be provided before March. However, if you are interested in a travel award, apply now and wait until after the awards are announced to register.

Travel award details are available here.  The Summer School website has a faculty list and more details. 

Questions? Contact MMI at summerschool@vbi.vt.edu



Dr. David Bevan, Education Coordinator  drbevan@vt.edu  - (540)231.5040

Dr. Josep Bassaganya-Riera, Center Director  - jbassaga@vbi.vt.edu - (540)231-7421



2013 Training Institute for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health (TIDIRH)

July 21-25, 2014
Harvard University
Boston, Massachusetts 

Applications now being accepted through April 6, 2014


One of the most critical issues impeding improvements in public health today is the enormous gap between what we know can optimize health and healthcare and what actually gets implemented in every day practice. The science of dissemination and implementation (D&I) seeks to address this gap by understanding how to best ensure that evidence-based strategies to improve health and prevent disease are effectively delivered in clinical and public health practice.


Institute Goals

Harvard University, with support from the National Institutes of Health (National Cancer Institute, National Institute of Mental Health, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, Office of Disease Prevention, and the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, is sponsoring this 5-day training institute to provide participants with a thorough grounding in conducting dissemination and implementation research in health. Faculty and guest lecturers will consist of leading experts (practitioners and teachers) in theory, implementation and evaluation approaches to D&I, creating partnerships and multi-level, transdisciplinary research teams, research design, methods and analyses appropriate for D&I investigations and conducting research at different and multiple levels of interventions (e.g., clinical, community, policy).



For more information and instructions for how to apply, please visit our webpage: https://www.regonline.com/TIDIRH2014



March is around the corner--enjoy the warmer weather this weekend!


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