CCTS Digest Week of 4.11.14 | www.uab.edu/ccts
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CDMRP Announcements Update
Several of the Congressional Directed Medical Research Programs have released Program Announcements. Some of the mechanisms have pre-proposal (LOI) due date as early as May 13, 2014.  Visit the CCTS Research Commons page dedicated to CDMRP Funding. The CCTS will facilitate Project Panels this month to aid in LOI review.  Utilize the experience of UAB faculty that have reviewed or been funded by the CDMRP. Contact us at: ccts@uab.edu.


FundingFunding Opportunity

The Vilcek Foundation is seeking applications for the 2015 Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science.  Three foreign-born biomedical scientists working in the U.S. will be selected to receive the prizes, each including a cash award of $50,000.


Established in 2009, the Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise raise public awareness of the key role foreign-born researchers play in sustaining the leadership position of the United States in the sciences; the prizes also serve to support younger scientists who have distinguished themselves early in their careers.


Researchers in all fields of biomedical science are encouraged to apply.  Applicants must have been born abroad, be naturalized citizens or permanent residents of the United States, hold a doctoral degree, intend to pursue a career in the United States, and be no more than 38 years old as of December 31, 2014. In addition, they must also hold a full-time independent position at an academic institution or other organization. Click here for details.

Seminars, Symposia and Conferences
BME Symposium keynote speaker: Fred Molz, PhD, Vice President of R&D at BioHorizons
Mon. April 14 & Tues. April 15
Organized by the Biomedical Engineering Graduate Student Organization (BMEGS), the purpose of the symposium is to foster industry-academia collaborations, showcase the groundbreaking research at UAB, and to facilitate communication between biomedical researchers across the university. For agendas and more information  click here. Look for the CCTS at Monday afternoon's poster session, and a presentation on the CCTS by Dr. Kent Keyser Tuesday, April 15 at 9:15 a.m.
Wed. April 16
presented by: Philip Clifford, Assoc. Dean, UIC
Postdocs, graduate students, and faculty are encouraged to attend. Sponsored by the UAB Office of Postdoctoral Education (OPE), a Q & A with Dr. Clifford will follow. Dr. Clifford was instrumental in the creation and development of MyIDP, a self-assessment tool sponsored by AAAS.
11:30 am, Bevill Biomedical Research Building, Room 170

Wed. April 23
PSTP: Team Science
CCTS Professional Skills Training Program (PSTP) -   view learning objectives, CME and register
Presented by Grant T. Savage, PhD, Professor and Anthony C. Hood, PhD, Asst Professor, Department of Management, Information Systems and Quantitative Methods, UAB Collat School of Business 
12:30-1:45pm in the West Pavilion Board Room 
(Due to time/location change, no lunch is provided; feel free to bring your own.)
Thurs. April 24
Georgia Tech Research Institute Conference Center

Hosted by the Atlanta Clinical & Translational Science Institute (ACTSI) and Georgia Bio.


The conference includes the keynote address: "Medical Technology Innovation a Case Study for Collaboration" by Bill Hawkins, CEO of Immucor, Inc., 

and the panel, "Obstacles & Opportunities in Academic & Industry Device Collaborations," featuring experts from C. R. Bard, Inc., EndoChoice, Georgia Institute of Technology, Emory University, Morehouse School of Medicine, and the Global Center for Medical Innovation. Finally, the event features the institutional collaboration success story of the Remotoscope (ACTSI-supported), created by Wilbur Lam, MD, PhD, assistant professor,Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University. Register. 


Tues. April 29

TIERS: Mentoring - What have we learned? 

CCTS TIERS with David A. Rogers, Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Development;  Co-Director, UAB Healthcare Leadership Academy. Dr. Rogers will lead a discussion of mentoring survey completed at UAB in 2013. 
Social 5 p.m., Talk 5:30 pm; both in Pittman Center for Advanced Medical Studies (PCAMS)
  1924 7th Avenue South.

TIERS is for any junior faculty, postdoctoral fellow and preprofessional student interested in an academic research career. You do not have to have a current career development or training award to attend. Register.
CCTS Representatives Take Part in 2014 Translational Science Meeting in Washington, D.C.
This week, half a dozen UAB researchers traveled to Washington, D.C., to represent UAB and the CCTS at the 2014 Translational Science meeting taking place April 9-11. 

Each will present a poster at the conference, plus enjoy the springtime sights in our nation's capitol. They include:


  • Kristen Triebel, UAB CCTS KL2 Scholar; Poster topic: Medical Decision Making Capacity of Individuals with Newly Diagnosed Brain Metastases: A Pilot Study.
  • Kelly Kenzik, PhD  (Epi), COERE T32 postdoc
  • Travis Hull, MSTP Program, Medicine/Immunology (PhD)  
  • Kelli Stringer, (Med Sociology, ABD), COERE T32 predoc
  • Melissa Mannion, COERE T32 postdoc; Poster: Development of a Long-Term Outcome Measure in Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis
  • Alayne Markland, MD, Assoc Prof, Med/G-G-PC, CTSA Consortium Pilot grant with Dr. Camille Vaughn at Emory University; Poster: On the relationship between low vitamin D levels and the incidence of urinary incontinence among older adults

Click here to read more about their work and about the meeting. 


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. 

Weds., April 23

UAB CCTS Biostatistics Clinic                                                    

11:30 am-1:30 pm

PCAMS Building 1924 7th Avenue South

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.  

UAB Center for Clinical and Translational Science |  ccts@uab.edu
 Pittman Center for Advanced Medical Sciences
1924 Seventh Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35294

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