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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.


Congratulations UAB Graduates and Students for Another Successful Semester!

Seminars, Symposia and Conferences
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.
Wed. May 7

CCTS Forum

How myIDP Will Help You


Join the UAB CCTS for an evening discussion of myIDP, or Individual Development Plan, and how it can help you. 
4:45-6 pm  
Pittman Center for Advanced Medical Studies (PCAMS), 1924 7th Avenue South
Refreshments and drinks will be served.


In 2003, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) proposed an IDP framework for postdoctoral fellows in the sciences.  Expanding on that framework, myIDP is a unique, web-based career-planning tool tailored to meet the needs of PhD students and postdocs in the sciences. Click here to learn more about the IDP process and using myIDP.


Thurs. May 8
Professional Skills Training Program: Finding Information Fast
11 am-12:15 pm
West Pavilion, Room E


On Thursday, May 8, join the CCTS and Lee Vucovich of the Lister Hill Library as she introduces library tools and search strategies that result in quick, effective literature searches. Topics include finding articles, finding clinical information, keeping up with the literature, finding journals to publish in, and author metrics.

This free seminar takes place from 11 am to 12:15 pm and a light lunch is served. To register,  click here.

To access an archive of PSTP slides,  click here.


Learning Objectives:  
  1. Understand how and when to use three complementary research databases to find biomedical literature quickly and effectively

  2. Recognize when to go beyond evidence-based summaries and how to find the best evidence to support clinical decisions

  3. Be ready to experiment with tools that allow comparison of journals to decide "where to publish"

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.

Fri. May 9
Noon-1 pm
Heritage Hall, Room 432


An informal monthly informational workshop describing the NSF CAREER program to assist junior faculty in preparing submissions for Summer 2014. The National Science Foundation awards CAREER research grants to new faculty at Universities who are at the rank of Assistant Professor (or equivalent). The full announcement of this program can be found here. 


Since 2009, seven UAB faculty have been awarded NSF CAREER grants, including faculty in Biomedical Engineering (2), Physics (1), Chemistry (1), Computer Science (2), and Biology (1). These workshops seek to continue our recent success and expand on it to include all of UAB's eligible candidates. Prof. David Hilton (Physics) and Prof. Tony Skjellum (Computer Science), both prior CAREER award winners, will discuss the components of a successful proposal. 

NCATS Releases Annual Report

NIH's National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) released its first annual report Wednesday, April 23.


"Every NCATS project is designed to address what I call the 3Ds: develop new approaches, technologies, resources and models; demonstrate their usefulness; and proactively disseminate the data, analysis and methodologies so that other scientists can implement them," said Dr. Christopher P. Austin, director of NCATS. "Though NCATS is still relatively new, early successes showcase how our distinctive approaches can help solve some of the most challenging problems in translational science."


Some of those problems include:


* For every 5,000 to 10,000 compounds that enter the development pipeline, only one makes it into the nation's medicine chest.

* Bottlenecks in the process mean that translation of a promising molecule into an approved therapeutic takes, on average, more than 13 years.


You can read the full text of the report by clicking here. 



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. May 14

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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