February 7, 2014
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Science and the National Science Foundation present the winners in the five categories of the 2013 International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge: illustration, posters & graphics, photography, games & apps, and video. This year's winning entries include a word cloud of common Internet passwords, a poster on the effects of cold-stunning on sea turtles, an educational game that allows deep-sea explorers to guide a remotely operated vehicle, and much more.



Tuesday, February 11

The Many Lives of Data: A TIERS Event

5-6 p.m.

Pittman Center for Advanced Medical Studies (PCAMS) 

1924 7th Avenue South


Training Interdisciplinary and Emerging Research Scholars (TIERS) 

Data are captured throughout the health systems operations. The ability to combine and reuse data for multiple purposes is a crucial component of the visions of Big Data and the Learning Healthcare System and will play an important role in our collective research future.




Join us for the February TIERS presentation - The Many Lives of Data - presented by  James H. Willig, MD, Associate Professor, UAB School of Medicine-Division of Infectious Diseases.



Cocktails and heavy hors d'oeuvres will be served. 


Wednesday, February 12

Webinar: Leveraging IT to Personalize Healthcare

Presented by the Association of Academic Healthcare Centers


Jeffrey Balser, MD, PhD

2 pm CST (30 min. duration)

Jeffrey Balser, MD, PhD, 

a 1984 graduate of Tulane and a 1990 graduate of the Vanderbilt MD/PhD program in pharmacology, undertook residency training in anesthesiology and fellowship training in critical care medicine at Johns Hopkins. He joined the faculty at Johns Hopkins in 1995, initiating a basic research program aimed at the molecular pharmacology of cardiac arrhythmias. His clinical work has primarily involved the care of postoperative cardiac surgery patients in ICU settings.


Registration is free and participation is open to all senior staff of AAHC member institutions.

If you have any questions about the session, please contact AAHC at 202-265-9600.



Wednesday, February 12

UAB Center for Exercise Medicine

Journal Club

4-5 pm


Exercise Reduces Neuronal Apoptosis after Stroke

GBS 746J 01 - Exercise Med JC

McCallum 901


Presenter: Deanna Rumble, Rehabilitation Science Graduate Program


For more information contact: exercise@uab.edu; 975-9042



Wednesday, February 12

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.  


Thursday, February 13

Professional Skills Training Program


"Team Science" led by Grant Savage, PhD,  

Professor, COLLAT School of Business



Anthony C. Hood, PhD

Assistant Professor, COLLAT School of Business

Department of Management, Information Systems & Quantitative Methods


11 am-12:15 pm 

West Pavilion, Room E  (lunch provided)                                                                              

To register: https://teamscience-pstp.eventbrite.com    



Thursday, February 13

PCORI Webinar:  Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Awards

12-1 p.m.


A public webinar to provide details about the Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Awards program. We encourage you to attend this webinar to learn more about whether your group is a strong candidate for an engagement award. 

The awards were created to forge opportunities for patients and other stakeholder communities to become more involved in patient centered research. Each award provide support for up to $250,000 with a project period of no more than 2 years. In 2014, PCORI will award up to $15 million to support projects in 3 categories:

  • Knowledge awards
  • Training and development awards
  • Dissemination awards
Together, the awards will help establish a diverse community of passionate individuals with opportunities to participate in patient-centered research. Register here.




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.



Looking Ahead in 2014:


Translational Science
Conference Accepting Abstracts T
hrough 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.


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.


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! 


Don't Forget: Friday, Feb. 14 is Valentine's Day! 



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