CCTS Digest Week of 5.2.14 | www.uab.edu/ccts
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NIH Announces Resubmission Policy Change
In April 2014 the National Institutes of Health announced a change in its resubmission policy. In her blog, "Rock Talk," Dr. Sally Rockey, Deputy Director for Extramural Research at NIH wrote an extensive article about the policy changes, including explaining the process behind the change. 

Read her article to learn what's new. Have questions? Contact the CCTS at: ccts@uab.edu.


The official announcement is here:


Join the UAB CCTS crew at Mudbugs & Music next Saturday, May 10 at Good People Brewing Company!

Seminars, Symposia and Conferences


Tues. May 6

UAB Center for Exercise Medicine Distinguished Lecture Series


"Muscle Ring Finger 1: Regulation 

of Skeletal Muscle Mass and Metabolism"


Sue C. Bodine, PhD


Dept. of Neurobiology

Physiology and Behavior

College of Biological Sciences

University of California, Davis


8:30 am

THT 740

A light breakfast will be served


For more information:



Wed. May 7

CCTS Forum


"Mentoring - What have we learned and where should we go?" presented by David A. Rogers, MD, the UAB SOM Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Co-Director, UAB Healthcare Leadership Academy. Dr. Rogers will present information on the mentoring survey completed at UAB in 2013 and review some of the current themes found in the literature about optimizing mentorship. Finally, he will presenting his ideas about how we should proceed to enhance mentorship and will be seeking feedback on this proposal. 


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.


Click here to read a recent article from Academic Medicine on mentoring, "Training Mentors of Clinical and Translational Research Scholars: A Randomized Controlled Trial."


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 Turns Focus to IRB Reliance



NIH's National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) recently published an article on "IRB Reliance: A New Model for Accelerating Translational Science."


From the article: 


Innovation in IRB practice exemplifies the NCATS "3Ds," the development, demonstration and dissemination of transformational improvements in the efficiency and effectiveness of translational science.


These regional IRB reliance networks are addressing a major roadblock to efficient clinical studies," said NCATS Director Christopher P. Austin, M.D. "The progress developed across CTSA institutions in IRB reliance is now driving further innovation and participation across the consortium. IRB reliance is just one of the many NCATS-supported innovations that is making the Center's mission - to speed translation and improve human health - a reality."


Click here to read the full article.



Epidemiology/Biostatistics Clinic in The Edge of Chaos


This clinic provides the UAB community access to epidemiology and biostatistics resources.  Available most Mondays from 10 a.m. to 2 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. 

Wed. 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.  


NOTICE: New Announcement for 4th Annual Short Course on Statistical Genetics

and Genomics



NOTICE: 4th Annual Short Course on Statistical Genetics and Genomics


July 7-11, 2014 Birmingham, AL


The University of Alabama at Birmingham's Section on Statistical Genetics is pleased to announce the 4th Annual NIGMS-funded Short Course on Statistical Genetics & Genomics in Birmingham, AL on July 7 - 11, 2014. Focusing on the state-of-art methodology to analyze complex traits, this five-day course will offer an interactive program to enhance researchers' ability to understand & use statistical genetic methods, as well as implement & interpret sophisticated genetic analyses. Limited number of Travel Fellowships available, see website for details. Only participants residing in the US are eligible for Travel Fellowships!


Topics to include:

Intro (Ethics; Genetics & Genomics; Biostatistics); GWAS Design/Analysis/Imputation/Interpretation; Rare Variants Analyses; Structural Variation & Human Diseases (CNV Analysis); Gene x Gene & Gene x Environment Interaction; Pharmacogenetics/Pharmacogenomics; Analysis of DNA Methylation Microarray Data; Statistical Epigenomics; Transcriptome Analyses; Statistical Methods for NGS; Beyond GWAS: Pathway Analysis & Meta-Analysis.

Software demos:

Intro R & Bioconductor; PLINK, SKAT; PENNCNV; CpGassoc; NGS analysis with Bioconductor.

To insure the depth and practicality of the training program, we will provide 10 laptops to students or student pairs in the classroom. Each computer will be loaded with the required statistical software. Participants are encouraged to bring their laptop. Many of the faculty have substantial expertise with the use of software for statistical genetics and have even authored some.



Guests: Ellen Clatyon, MD/JD - Vanderbilt Univ.; Karen Conneely, PhD - Emory Univ.; Nancy Cox, PhD - Univ. of Chicago; Rui Feng, PhD - Univ. of Pennsylvannia; Purvesh Khatri, PhD - Stanford Univ.; Alison Motsinger-Reif, PhD - NC State Univ; Nicholas J. Schork, PhD - J. Craig Venter Inst.; Sanjay Shete, PhD - MD Anderson Cancer Center; Hao Wu, PhD - Emory University; Michael Wu, PhD - Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center/UNC-Chapel Hill.

UAB: Xiangqin Cui, PhD; Hemant Tiwari, PhD.


For more details & registration, please see: http://www.soph.uab.edu/ssg/nigmsstatgen/fourth


Funded by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS).


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