CCTS Digest 6.27.14 | www.uab.edu/ccts
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Science and Soccer's World Cup

We know what you were doing during "lunch" 

on Thursday...


Scientific American is capitalizing on the international success of the World Cup-including record-shattering crowds watching in the US-with a series of articles about how science plays an integral role in the "Beautiful Game."  


The U.S. Team's next matchup is Tuesday, July 1 at 2 pm CST against Belgium. 

Seminars, Symposia and Conferences
*NEW* Summer Seminar Series
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 30
Information Finding and Evaluation of Literature with Lee Vucovich


Mon. July 7
The Responsible Conduct of Research with Jeffrey Engler


Mon. July 14
Stats 101 with David Redden 


Tues. July 1

7:30-8:30 a.m.  


"Activity of the subthalamic nucleus during exhaustive exercise

and voluntary movement: therapeutic implications for the treatment of PD."


Presented by:

Kelley Hammond, MS, CSCS, Rehabilitation Science

**Note new location: 901 McCallum Building


Wed. July 2
The Biomedical Informatics Seminar Series continues online, now through July 8


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 


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. July 3

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. 



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:




  • Comparative Health System Performance in Accelerating PCOR Dissemination (U19)
  • Development of Novel Therapeutics for Select Pathogens (R21/R33)
  • DoD Spinal Cord Injury Translational Research Award
  • Translational Research to Help Older Adults Maintain their Health and Independence in the Community (R21)
  • Biomedical Technology Research Resource (P41)


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


T32 Training Grant Deadlines Coming in September

The next NIH NRSA Institutional T32 training grant application deadline is September 25, 2014, for applications to the following NIH Institutes:

  • NCI
  • NHLBI (resubmissions only)
  • NIAID (only annual submission date)
  • NIGMS (predoc only)
  • NHGRI (competing renewals and resubmissions only)

The CCTS currently provides support in the preparation of NIH T32 training grant applications. Please visit the  CCTS Resources for Training Grant (T32) Directors website for additional assistance.


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. July 9

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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