CCTS Digest Week of 5.9.14 | www.uab.edu/ccts
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Happy Mother's Day!
The UAB CCTS Wishes all Moms a Very Happy Mother's Day this Sunday, May 11.

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

Seminars, Symposia and Conferences
Tues. May 13

How to Write a Successful NIH Individual Fellowship (F Award) or Career Development Award (K Award)


Presented by Mark H. Roltsch, Ph.d.

Dr. Roltsch is the Executive Director of the Office of Academic Research and Sponsored Projects at St. Mary's University, San Antonio, Texas

He has held several positions at NIH including Program Director of the Office of Research Training and Career Development in the Division of Cardiovascular Sciences and Scientific Review Officer at NHLBI

F Awards (F30, 31 and 32)

BBRB 170 9-10:30 pm   

K Awards

SHEL 105 1:30-3 pm



Edge of Chaos, 4th Floor, Lister Hill Library 4-5 pm   
Join us for informal discussions and refreshments


Sponsored by the UAB Graduate School, Graduate Biomedical Sciences, Medical Scientist Training Program, Office of Postdoctoral Education, and Center for Clinical and Translational Science


For more information, contact: Kym Proctor in GBS, kproctor@uab.edu

Mon. May 19

"NIAID Funding Opportunity Announcements for Basic and Clinical Research"


A presentation by:

Walla Dempsey, PhD

Program Officer, Clinical Research Virology Branch

Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, NIAID, NIH, HHS


2-3 p.m.

Children's of Alabama

Bradley Lecture Center

Ireland Conference Room, 4th Floor

1600 6th Avenue South

Children's Harbor Building


NEW! The CCTS has a new Funding Opportunities page on our website. Visit often for the latest research funding announcements. 
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 & 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



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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