CCTS Digest 6.20.14 | www.uab.edu/ccts
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CCTS Summer "Tour" Takes Place June 25
Next week, join the UAB CCTS for a "Tour Through an R01 and Mock Review." This presentation by Dr. Jeff Engler, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the Graduate School, will be followed by a Mock Review of a previously submitted R01. Reviewers include Dr. George Howard, Professor of Biostatistics and Dr. David Chaplin, Professor of Microbiology. 


This special event takes place 8-10:30 a.m. in the Ryals Building, room 407. Please register at http://uabccts.eventbrite.com to receive the R01 and access additional materials that will be useful for your full participation. 



This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) and the Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research and Education (COERE)


Questions?  Contact the ccts@uab.edu



 Welcome to the UAB CCTS Summer Trainees!

Our Summer 2014 Trainees include:

Back row: Matthew Carle (UAB), Michael Gunter (U South Alabama), Ben Carroll (U Mississippi Medical Center)  Front row: Christine Hayden (U Mississippi School of Pharmacy), Jesse Morrison (U Mississippi Medical Center), Sonja Falvey (U Mississippi School of Pharmacy).  Not pictured: Zeb Akers (UAB).


These fresh faces are a welcome addition to the CCTS crew this summer. The seven individuals pictured above come to UAB from institutions around the Southeast to be part of our 8-week Short-term Research Training Program. This 8-week program provides mentored research training experiences in patient centered outcomes research (PCOR) and comparative effectiveness research (CER) for medical students or other clinically-oriented doctoral students that have completed their first year of training.


Why CER and PCOR?  With an increasing, ongoing national focus, there is a growing need for training in these areas especially in the earliest stages of clinical training.
If you see them on campus, please give a warm Blazer welcome!   
Seminars, Symposia and Conferences
*NEW* Summer Seminar Series

Starting Monday, June 16
Taking place Mondays throughout the summer
9-10:30 a.m.
Pittman Center for Advanced Medical Studies (PCAMS)
1924 7th Avenue South


Engage in a little summer research of your own!
Mon. June 23
Study Design with Dr. Gerald McGwin


Mon. June 30
Information Finding and Evaluation of Literature with Lee Vucovich


Tues. June 24


"Aerobic Exercise Interventions

to Improve Metabolic Biomarkers in People with Paraplegia"


Presented by

Katie Henley, MS, CES, PhD Rehabilitation Science

Wake up with coffee and a lively discussion!

7:30-8:30 a.m.

GBS 746J 01

UCEM Clinical Exercise Research Facility Conference Room

Russell Ambulatory Clinic, Room B42



Wed. June 25
Tour Through an R01 and Mock Review


A presentation by Dr. Jeff Engler, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the Graduate School will be followed by a Mock Review of a previously submitted R01.  Reviewers will be Dr. George Howard, Professor of Biostatistics and Dr. David Chaplin, Professor of Microbiology. 


8-10:30 a.m.
Ryals Building, room 407
 Please register at  http://uabccts.eventbrite.com to receive the R01 and access to additional materials that will be useful for your full participation. 


This event is Co-sponsored by the Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) and the Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research and Education (COERE)


Questions?  Contact the ccts@uab.edu


Wed. June 25
The Biomedical Informatics Seminar Series continues:


"Using informatics methods and tools for clinical research" 

Presented by Matthew Wyatt, MSHI


Topics include: Demonstration/discussion of tools for clinical data capture and data management.

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 26

Starting in June and throughout the summer, critical research implementation and management topics will be presented on the first and third Thursday at noon in PCAMS (1924 7th Avenue South). These topics will be of interest and relevance specifically to clinical research personnel including investigators, regulatory personnel, study coordinators and financial administrators. The goal of this new program is to fill in the gaps in information related to the implementation of clinical trials that have been identified by investigators and their research teams. Presented by Penny Jester, co-director UAB Clinical Trials Office. 


June 26, Noon-1 p.m.

ClinicalTrials.gov: what you need to know (repeat from June 5 - not broadcast)

Presenter:  Penny Jester, BSN, MPH

During this session we will walk through using CT.gov - obtaining access, registering a protocol and finally, entering results.  Attendees are encouraged to share their challenges and concerns.  The objective of this program is make the CT.gov site a bit more user friendly.

Attendees:  Experienced and new investigators; research administrators and research teams (anyone responsible for registering and entering results)


July 3, Noon-1 p.m.

The IND/IDE process:  how and why of submitting and IND/IDE application

Presenters:  Maaike Everts, PhD; Penny Jester, BSN, MPH

This 1 hour program will provide guidance on preparing and submitting an IND/IDE to the FDA.  Tools will be shared and experience gained over the past 2 years will be shared.    Attendees will gain a basic working knowledge of how to begin an IND/IDE application and where to go for answers.

Attendees:  Experienced and new investigators; research administrators and research teams


July 17, Noon-1 p.m.

The Newly released Research Nurse Competencies

Presenters:  Carolynn Thomas Jones, DNP

This 1 hour program will review the just released research nurse competencies.  Dr. Jones has been part of a national program that has prepared the competnecies, now seeking to obtain ICH/GCP approval.      Attendees will gain information on expectations and requirements for what a senior research nurse coordinator would expect to master [note: this is a draft description, should have a final one before the end of today]

Attendees:  Research nurse coordinators and managers, research nurses, HR personnel and administrators.


 Monday, June 30

"The Science of Surviving - Lessons Learned from Our Cancer Survivors" Visiting Professor Lecture


Presented by Dr. Smita Bhatia from City of Hope on behalf of the Departments of Medicine and Pediatrics and the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center


WPCC Boardroom, Noon

(box lunches available for first 50 seated)

The CCTS has a new Funding Opportunities page on our website. 

There are 31 CDMRP opportunities with preproposal due dates between now and August 1, with more to come.  Research areas include the Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (which includes 18 topic areas), Prostate Cancer, Orthopaedic, Gulf War Illness, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, Neurofibromatosis, Tuberous Sclerosis, Spinal Cord Injury. Visit often for the latest research funding announcements, including:



  • NEI Audacious Goal Initiative: Addressing Technical Needs and Opportunities for Imaging the Visual System (U01)
  • Disseminating and Implementing Evidence from Patient-Centered Outcomes Research in Clinical Practice Using Mobile Health Technology (R21)
  • Assessment of Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment Options - Fall 2014 Cycle
  • Improving Healthcare Systems - Fall 2014 Cycle
  • Communication and Dissemination Research - Fall 2014 Cycle
  • Addressing Disparities - Fall 2014 Cycle
  • Improving Methods for Conducting Patient-Centered Outcomes Research - Fall 2014 Cycle
  • Partnerships for Innovation: Accelerating Innovation Research- Technology Translation

Visit the site now for these and ongoing additions to the list!



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. June 25 

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.  



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.







R01 renewal/resubmission deadlines are just around the corner! 

For ALL internal or external applications:

�        STUDY DESIGN:

Take advantage of CCTS expertise in study design, methods and biostatistics to optimize your proposal.  


Meet with a team of scientific experts who have perused your application as a first level of peer review.


You write the science, let the CCTS do the rest.

 Contact ccts@uab.edu for more information.


Save the Date: The Community Engagement Institute is Coming!
Join the UAB CCTS's One Great Community project and the Jefferson County Participation Board this fall on Friday, October 10, 2014, for a half-day event aimed at engaging members of our amazing community. Come join us and learn more about opportunities for collaborative research and service in the greater Birmingham area. Stay tuned for details!

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