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In Honor: Celebrating Memorial Day
Monday, May 26

THE MUFFLED drum's sad roll has beat

The soldier's last tattoo; No more on Life's parade shall meet That brave and fallen few. On Fame's eternal camping-ground 5 Their silent tents are spread, And Glory guards, with solemn round, The bivouac of the dead.

From  Bivouac Of The Deadby Theodore O'Hara 


Memorial Day, which is observed on the last Monday of May, commemorates the men and women who died while in the military service.  In observance of the holiday, many people visit cemeteries and memorials, and volunteers often place American flags on each grave site at national cemeteries. A national moment of remembrance takes place at 3 p.m. local time.

Is this thing moving...or am I? Your mind can play tricks on you. Isn't science awesome?

Seminars, Symposia and Conferences
Wed. June 4
Biomedical Informatics Seminar Series

"What is Informatics?" Presented by Eta Berner, EdD

Topics include: Overview of biomedical and health informatics, key issues in the field, impact of informatics on medical research, education and patient care, informatics resources for researchers at UAB. 


3-4 p.m.

Shelby 1015


This series will consist of seminars, presentations and online lectures covering key topics in biomedical and health informatics for clinical and translational science researchers and the resources related to these topics at UAB.  There will be reading materials accompanying the presentations. There are a total of five live seminars and three online sessions.  


Thurs., June 12

"Developing and Presenting Abstracts and Posters for Scientific Conferences: The Hows and the Whys"

Presented by Stephen Glasser, MD


11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Pittman Center for Advanced Medical Studies (PCAMS), 1924 7th Avenue South


Dr. Glasser's talk may be of particular interest to summer research students, graduate students and postdoctoral trainees. Glasser is a Professor in the Division of Preventive Medicine, and Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology in the UAB School of Public Health.  A cardiologist and clinical pharmacologist, his research interests include clinical research methodology, arterial stiffness and cardiovascular disease clinical trials.  He has extensive experience in numerous clinical trials, including hypertension clinical trials, serving as a site and multi-center principal investigator.  He has extensive experience in multi-center protocol development. 

Visit the Eventbrite page for more details and to register. 

NEW! The CCTS has a new Funding Opportunities page on our website. Visit often for the latest research funding announcements. 
NCATS Offers Technical Assistance Webinar for Therapeutics Discovery program



On Thursday, May 29, NCATS will hold a Technical Assistance Webinar for Applicants to the Therapeutics Discovery program at noon CST.


All prospective applicants are invited to participate and to submit questions to Therapeutics.Discovery@nih.gov on or before May 27 to be addressed during the teleconference.


For more information or to register, visit http://bit.ly/1kxdAVy.


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 28

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



BERD Design Consultation Available Today

In support of Pilot & Feasibility Projects, the CCTS is offering design consultation through its Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Research Division (BERD).  A team of methodologists, including experts in Epidemiology (Gerald McGwin, Russell Griffin), Biostatistics (Robert Oster, David Redden, Leslie McClure), and Statistical Genetics (Hemant Tiwari, Xiangqin Cui) are available to collaborate in the design of  the pilot proposals as well as in their review.  If other methodological expertise is required in the project design, the BERD will recruit the required expertise from among the network of UAB methodologists.


Please contact the BERD and request design consultation by emailing bstchair@uab.edu, calling 4-4905 or connecting through Research Commons on the CCTS home page.




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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