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Register Now: 3rd Annual 
Community Health Innovation Awards (CHIA)
Winners of the inaugural CHIA grants


In 2012, One Great Community--the community outreach arm of the CCTS--established the Community Health Innovation Awards (CHIA) as an annual grant competition for area organizations in the greater Birmingham area. Wednesday, July 23, is the deadline to submit an application to participate.


These awards are envisioned as a way for participants to think boldly and creatively about solutions to "on the ground" health challenges communities face, to work in partnership with some of the best minds in our area, and to collaborate with local businesses to complete a project.  The team approach of local leaders, the UAB community and neighborhood groups promotes the sharing of resources and expertise.




Grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 are awarded to local organizations whose ideas creatively and innovatively address community issues. 


Past winners have included innovative ideas such as a community "learning garden," "walking cards" to offer interesting designations and walking routes in neighborhoods, and a neighborhood inventory of abandoned homes. One CHIA-winning initiative, a "walking bus," resulted in research published in the journal, Preventative Medicine.


Click here to read more about the award process including registration instructions.

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. July 21
Stats 101 with Dr. David Redden, Chair, Department of Biostatistics 
***Watch Dr. Redden's talk on "The Fundamentals of Data Management" here (in 3 parts)**

Tues. July 15 

11 am, PCAMS

Webinar: "The Promise of the Microbiome: Function and Dysfunction in Humans and Beyond from Science/AAAS." Leadership from the UAB microbiome core will be present to answer questions.  



Mon. July 21

9-10:30 am, PCAMS

Summer Training Series "Community-Based Participatory Research" with Dr. Monica Baskin


Tues. July 22


Science Experts Network, a new biosketch development tool, presented by Lee Vucovich of Lister Hill Library


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. 




Thurs., August 7

FDA Audit:  Will you be ready?

Presenter:  Penny Jester, BSN, MPH and Susan Branscum, CTA


This program will review the how, what, where and why of an FDA audit. Attendees will leave with guidance and tools to assure they are prepared for an audit.


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


Thurs., August 21

Architecture of a Clinical Trial Program

Presenter: Tiffany Felix, M.S.   Assistant Director, Clinical Trials, USA Mitchell Cancer Institute


This program will provide an overview of the structure and function of a clinical trial program.


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

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. We also list 

the latest research funding announcements, updated weekly, including these newest listings:



  • 2015 Center of Excellence for Comparative Effectiveness Research Education
  • 2015 PhRMA Research and Training Awards
  • High Throughput Screening (HTS) to Discover Chemical Probes
  • Pilot Centers for Precision Disease Modeling (U54)
  • Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications (ELSI) of Genomic Research

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 23

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.


Here are just a few comments from panel participants:  

  • "It was exactly what I needed."-Dr. Rita Cowell, Asst. Professor, Behavioral Psychology
  • "The CCTS Panel was very helpful." -Dr. Lynn Dobrunz, Assoc. Prof., Neurobiology
  • "The panel was AMAZING! There is no question in my mind that I submitted a MUCH stronger grant application as a result of this meeting. I am particularly impressed of how well the panel addressed the specific needs I expressed in my initial request to the CCTS. My prior understanding was that the CCTS provides feedback on presentations in the early stages of a grant application development, but maybe reviewing applications in later stages (e.g., prior to a resubmission) is another venue for the CCTS to support grant writers and improve the overall rate of funding success. THANK YOU!!!" -Dr. Kerstin Schroder, Assoc. Prof., Health Behavior 


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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