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Reprinted from Science magazine article by John Bohannon, May 28:


 

Amid a tidal wave of criticism, Science is retracting a study of how canvassers can sway people's opinions about gay marriage published just 5 months ago. The retraction comes without the agreement of the paper's lead author, Michael J. LaCour, a political science Ph.D. student at the University of California (UC), Los Angeles. LaCour's attorney has told Science that LaCour made false claims about some aspects of the study, according to the retraction statement, including misrepresenting his funding sources and the incentives that he offered to survey participants.


 

"In addition to these known problems, independent researchers have noted certain statistical irregularities in the responses," Science Editor-in-Chief Marcia McNutt wrote in the retraction statement. "LaCour has not produced the original survey data from which someone else could independently confirm the validity of the reported findings."


 

McNutt wrote: "The reasons for retracting the paper are as follows: (i) Survey incentives were misrepresented. To encourage participation in the survey, respondents were claimed to have been given cash payments to enroll, to refer family and friends, and to complete multiple surveys. In correspondence received from Michael J. LaCour's attorney, he confirmed that no such payments were made. (ii) The statement on sponsorship was false. In the Report, LaCour acknowledged funding from the Williams Institute, the Ford Foundation, and the Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund. Per correspondence from LaCour's attorney, this statement was not true."


 

The retraction comes after  Retraction Watch broke the story on 20 May. The storm began brewing weeks earlier when David Broockman and Joshua Kalla, graduate students at UC Berkeley, together with Yale University researcher Peter Aronow, were unable to replicate some aspects of the Science study. It claimed to show that a relatively brief conversation with a canvasser who identified themselves as gay and as an advocate for gay marriage could persuade voters in California to become more supportive of gay marriage. The goal was to test whether persuasion methods used by advocacy groups to sway voters actually worked. 


 

Read the full story here.

Read The New York Times story, "Study on Attitudes Toward Same-Sex Marriage Is Retracted by a Scientific Journal," here.

Read an NBC News story on the topic here.

Seminars
Seminars, Symposia and Conferences

Thursday, June 4

UAB Multiple Sclerosis Symposium

"Multiple Sclerosis: Etiopathogenetic, Immunological and Clinical Concepts"

 

7am-7pm

Alumni House

Click here for more information and to register

Agenda:

Registration and Breakfast: 7-7:55am

Theme Sessions:

Innate and Adaptive Immune Systems in Autoimmune Disorders and Pathogenesis: 8am-noon

Genetic and Environmental Risk Factor for Multiple Sclerosis: 1:30-3:35pm

Therapeutics and Clinical Aspects: 3:55-5:55pm

Lunch and Poster Session: 12:05-1:25pm

Reception: 6-7pm

 

Thursday, June 11

Professional Skills Development Series

11am-noon
PCAMS, 1924 7th Avenue South

 

"Teams gone wild: Translating team-based research from the organizational sciences to academic, clinical and basic science" 

 

Presented by: Dr. Anthony Hood, UAB Collat School of Business

 

"You can't control what you don't measure; and that which gets measured gets done." Could participation in teams compromise the psychological safety, health and emotional well-being of your employees and students? Are you interested in conducting evidence-based research on the teams in which you work, learn, manage or teach, but are unsure of where to start? Are you currently evaluating team-based inputs (team size, personality, diversity), processes (conflict, communication, coordination) and outcomes (learning, satisfaction, career success, emotional well-being) using evidence-based instruments from the  organizational literature? Are you currently teaching using a team-based learning approach and are interested in collaborating with other instructors to evaluate and compare outcomes? If so, this workshop may be of interest to you. 

 

Join remotely via GoToMeeting:

Sunday-Thursday, June 14-18

3rd Annual 3rd Annual Workshop on Metabolomics

The course is jointly sponsored by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) as part of the  NIH Common Fund Metabolomics Initiative, and the Departments of Chemistry and Pharmacology and Toxicology at UAB. 

Visit the website for full details on agenda, registration, and more.

 

Tuesday, June 16

Training Interdisciplinary & Emerging Research Scholars (TIERS)

Going Pro: Are You R01-Ready?

Often, and sooner than you may think, it will be time to step up your game and compete for the pros - the NIH R01.  Dr. Katherine Hartmann, who has been the coach for more than 75 players who've made the step up from training programs to the pros, will bring grant writing chops and candor to talking about how the game is played, dissecting what it takes to compete, and staying focused on the win.


 

 

Katherine E. Hartmann, MD, PhD

Associate Dean, Clinical and Translational Scientist Development, Vanderbilt University

Deputy Director, Institute for Medicine & Public Health

Director, Graduate Studies in Epidemiology

Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology and Medicine 

 

5-6:30pm

Register: https://tiers-june16.eventbrite.com

PCAMS, 1924 7th Avenue South

 

 

Connect remotely via GoToMeeting:

https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/225659157

You can also dial in using your phone.

United States +1 (571) 317-3131

Access Code: 225-659-157

 

Wednesday, July 1

CCTS Forum

4:45-6pm

PCAMS, 1924 7th Avenue South

 

Look forward to an announcement soon about the topic for our July Forum. PLEASE NOTE: We will not hold a Forum in June.

 

Monthly Mentoring Lunch: CCTS Training Academy

The CCTS Training Academy kicked off its first monthly mentoring lunch meeting at the PCAMS building on May 1, led by Dr. David Chaplin, Melissa McBrayer, and Ryan Outman of the CCTS Training Academy.  

A dozen individuals, representing departments from across campus-Collat School of Business, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Public Health, School of Medicine-gathered to discuss current mentoring challenges. The impromptu discussion started with the age-old question: Who should be first author on a collaborative paper?
Dr. David Chaplin, CCTS Training Academy
This group will meet monthly on the first Friday of each month at PCAMS. In addition, two Entering Mentoring group sessions are scheduled to meet this summer, June 2 and July 15. You are invited to join and contribute to the conversation.

Please submit your name to the CCTS (ccts@uab.edu) to learn more.

Visit us online to learn more: www.uab.edu/ccts/training-academy/mentoring

2015 CCTS Biomedical Informatics Summer Training Series
**Kicking off Wednesday, June 3**

This series will consist of a series 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.  Reading materials will accompany the presentations-five live seminars and three online sessions.  Each live session will be approximately one hour on Wednesdays from 3-4 pm beginning June 3, in the PCAMS Building, 1924 7th Avenue South (NOTE: new location).  

 

Schedule of Presentations

 

Date

Topic

Presenters

June 3

What is informatics? (Introductory Presentation ) 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.

Eta S. Berner, EdD

June4-16

ONLINE SESSION-- Electronic health records- Topics include: description, functionality, use for research, and challenges for both healthcare and research.

 

June 17

Accessing data in electronic health records- Topics include: Demonstration of tools and resources for accessing UAB's electronic health record systems,

Matthew C. Wyatt, MSHI

June 24

Literature searching using advanced electronic techniques- Topics include: Tools, strategies and resources for effective literature searching for researchers in clinical and translational science.

Lee Vucovich, MLS

 

June  25--July 7

ONLINE LECTURES-Databases, Health Information Technology Standards and Interoperability of Clinical Systems .Topics include: Advantages of databases for clinical research, Importance of standards and description of the kind of standards  that exist in healthcare

 

July 8

Use of the EHR for Research-Topics include challenges in using the EHR for research, strategies to make the EHR more usable clinically and for research

James J. Cimino, MD

July 15

Role of bioinformatics in study design and analysis of genomic data- Topics include: tools and resources at UAB  and nationally  for genomic and other  "--omic" analyses.     

Elliot J. Lefkowitz, PhD

July 22-July 29

ONLINE SESSION--Linking genomic and clinical data-The eMERGE Network

 

Students who would like to take this as a one-credit course can do so.  All interested individuals should email Eta S. Berner, EdD, Course Director, at eberner@uab.edu to be put on the mailing list for course information and if you need additional information.  

 

 

Sessions will be broadcast via GoToMeeting at: 

 

5th Annual NIGMS-funded Short Course on Statistical Genetics & Genomics 

July 27-31, 2015 Birmingham, AL 

 

Focusing on the state-of-art methodology to analyze complex traits, this five-day course will offer an interactive program to enhance the ability of the researcher, 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! The knowledge of R and UNIX is desired. 

 

Topics to include: 

Intro (Biostatistics; Genetics & Genomics; Ethics); GWAS Design/Analysis/Imputation/Interpretation; Rare Variants Analyses; CNV Analysis; Gene x Gene and 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 to R & Bioconductor; PLINK; SKAT; CpGassoc; NGS analysis with Bioconductor. 

To insure the depth and practicality of the training program, we will provide 5 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. Use of Whole-genome Methods for Analysis of Complex Traits and Diseases. 

Speakers: 

Guests: Emidio Capriotti, PhD - UAB; Karen Conneely, PhD - Emory Univ.; Gustavo de los Campos, PhD - Michigan State University.; Nancy Cox, PhD - Univ. Of Chicago; Purvesh Khatri, PhD - Stanford Univ.; Carl Langefeld, PhD.-Wake Forest.; Hongzhe Lee, PhD - University of Pennsylvania.; Alison Motsinger-Reif, PhD - NC State Univ.; Marylyn Ritchie, PhD - Pennsylvania State Univ.; Hao Wu, PhD - Emory University; Michael Wu, PhD - Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center/ UNC-Chapel Hill. 

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


 

For more details & registration, click here.

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

 

 

Please apply prior to Friday, May 1. Accepted applicants will be notified no later than Friday, May 8.

Women, members of underrepresented minority groups and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. We look forward to seeing you in Birmingham this summer!

 


 

Featured Funding :

 


 

 

RESEARCH OMNIBUS SURVEY OF ALABAMA (ROSA)

 

Survey data of specific population groups is essential to investigators with an idea or proposal for a grant application, yet is often difficult to come by even in existing data sources such as the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS).  ROSA is a new investment in research infrastructure that offers investigators access to the resources of the School of Public Health's Survey Research Unit (SRU) to develop, collect, and compile preliminary survey data.  ROSA will be offered quarterly as either a short single investigator survey or a multi-investigator survey targeting a specific demographic (e.g., children) or theme (e.g., access to health care services).   Investigators interested in using ROSA will submit their request/idea to the ROSA Group, a nimble committee of senior investigators who will review the questions, determine the size of the survey, and facilitate analysis of the results.  A single-investigator ROSA may take 6 weeks from contact with the ROSA Group to completion.  A multi-investigator ROSA may take 8 weeks or more depending on the number of investigators, demographics, and the like.


 

The Survey Research Unit (SRU) and the Center for the Study of Community Health will fund up to 4 survey project proposals for a total of $20,000. Four-page proposals are due June 20, 2015. The proposals must summarize the research hypotheses to be tested, their significance, empirical methodology to be employed, and must involve collecting primary data from residents of Alabama through a telephone survey conducted by the SRU.  Data collection is not limited to health-related information.


 

The award will cover SRU faculty and staff time required for the development and implementation of the CATI survey instrument and assistance with development of any subsequent full-scale proposal. This opportunity is open to all full-time UAB faculty.  The proposals will be reviewed and selected for funding by a committee appointed by the SRU Executive Committee.  Please submit inquiries and project proposals to: CSCH_ROSA@UAB.EDU.

 

Additional information on the SOPH and the SRU and may be found at: http://www.soph.uab.edu/csch/infrastructure/service/sru


 

Pre-application for Collaborative Innovation Award, Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) Program (X02; not required; NCATS)

PAR-15-173
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-15-173.html


 
Collaborative Innovation Award, Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) Program) (U01; NCATS)

PAR-15-172
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-15-172.html
 

 

2016 Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science

The Vilcek Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness of immigrant contributions to American society. The Vilcek Foundation is seeking applicants for the 2016 Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science. We are accepting applications from young, foreign-born researchers age 38 and under from now through June 15, 2015. Three winners will each receive a $50,000 unrestricted cash prize and will be honored at an awards ceremony in New York City in April 2016.


 

Complete eligibility requirements and online application can be found on Vilcek.org.  

 

Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program Funding Opportunities

The CCTS wants to help position investigators to apply for Department of Defense (DoD) Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP) announcements. Check out a new page on the CCTS website highlighting these opportunities, which are rolling out now. It includes:


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Contact the CCTS Research Commons ( ccts@uab.edu; 4.7442) to learn more. Visit the site now for these and ongoing additions to the list!


Check out the CCTS Funding Opportunities page on our website


*Deadline today!*
Sam Brown Bridge Builder Award

2015 Award Announcement

The Sam Brown Bridge Builder Award was established in 2009 to recognize the remarkable career of Dr. Sam Brown.The award honors his unique ability to develop and nurture working relationships between faculty and staff across the UAB campus in ways that embodied the vision, character, and bridge-building talents vital to the future of UAB. Previous award recipients were:

2010 - Dr. Sarah Morgan
2011 - Dr. Kent Keyser
2012 - Drs. Diane Tucker and Lou Bridges 
2013 - Drs. Jennifer Kilgo and Cynthia Ryan
2014 - Dr. Jack Lemons

Nominations are now being accepted for the 6th annual Sam Brown Bridge Builder Award to be announced in late June.  Nominees should have demonstrated a deep and abiding commitment to facilitating collaboration and partnership across campus in ways that enhance the research and/or teaching activities of the University.  All full time UAB faculty and staff are eligible for this Award. 

All nomination packets must be received by the COB Friday, May 29, 2015. Click here for full details.


 

Questions should be addressed to Max Michael (maxm@uab.edu or 5-7742).

The Sam Brown Bridge Builder Award recipient will be recognized at an awards luncheon.  The award recipient will receive a cash award plus a special commemorative plaque.

Biostatistics
BIOSTATISTICS

Mondays
Epidemiology/Biostatistics Clinic in The Edge of Chaos

  

This clinic provides the UAB community access to epidemiology and biostatistics resources.  Available most Mondays, 10am-2pm in The Edge of Chaos (Lister Hill Library, 4th floor).  Check the Edge of Chaos calendar   for confirmation of meeting dates and times. 
 

 

UAB CCTS Biostatistics Clinic                                                    

 

Weekly on Wednesdays, 11:30am-1pm

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.  

 

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, Paul Lin), 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 ccts@uab.edu, calling (205) 934-4905 or connecting through Research Commons on the CCTS home page. 

 

UCEM logo
UAB Center for Exercise Medicine

The UAB CEM is seeking topics of interest for journal club offerings in Spring 2016. The format is 8 sessions per semester, with 1 credit hour earned for enrolled trainees.  Please select your top two from the following list or send other topics of interest to exercise@uab.edu.  

  • Exercise Biology in CVD
  • Exercise Biology in Cancer
  • Exercise Biology in Neuroscience
  • Exercise Biology in Metabolic Disease
  • Exercise Biology in Pediatric Diseases
  • Novel Advances in Molecular Exercise Medicine
  • Exercise Biology in Rare - Orphan Diseases

Save the Date:

UAB Center for Exercise Medicine - 3rd Annual Symposium

"Innovative Research from Discovery to Treatment to Prevention"

Friday, September 25, 2015 

Bradley Lecture Center at Children's Harbor

Birmingham, AL

 

Details and registration information will be posted soon at www.uab.edu/exercise.  

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