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Scientific Proof: Your Dog is Jealous


A study published this week in PLOS ONE asserts proof that humans aren't the only one who covet their neighbors' new cars: Dogs experience jealousy. According to Scientific American, "Man's best friend does not like anything muscling in on that friendship. The first experimental test of jealousy in dogs shows that canines nip even at stuffed pooches when these fakes take away the attention of the dogs' owners.

This new findings support the view that jealousy is a primordial emotion seen not only in humans, but in other animals as well, researchers said. The results also show that jealousy does not require especially complex minds, the scientists said."


The study's authors suggest understanding jealousy is important because it is a highly dangerous emotion. "Jealousy is the third-leading cause of non-accidental homicide across cultures," said lead study author Christine Harris, an emotion researcher at the University of California, San Diego.


Harris and her colleague Caroline Prouvost detailed their findings online July 23 in the journal PLOS ONE. The story ran in USA Today, NPR, the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, Forbes, and more.

Seminars, Symposia and Conferences
Mon. July 28
Summer Seminar Series 
"Developing Your CV/Personal Statement" with Melissa McBrayer, Director, Training Academy
9-10:30 a.m.
Pittman Center for Advanced Medical Studies (PCAMS)
1924 7th Avenue South

Tues., July 29
UAB Center for Exercise Medicine Journal Club
7:30-8:30 a.m. 
901 McCallum Building

"The Impact of Exercise on Motor Performance in a Rat Stroke Model "

Presenter:  Sarah Graham, MA, HFS, PhD Student, Rehabilitation Sciences

Wake up with coffee and a lively discussion


Tues., July 29

10 a.m.-noon

CCTS Partner Network's Short-term Training Program in Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Wrap-Up 


The inaugural trainees of our CCTS Partner Network's Short-term Training Program in Patient-Centered Outcomes Research will present their research wrap-up; we invite you to join us for the  presentations.


Short-term Research Training Program - Research Wrap-up

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Tues., July 29
CCTS July/August Forum
5 p.m.
PCAMS - 1924 7th Avenue South


Featuring Dr. Rubin Pillay, MD, PhD, presenting, 
"Innovating the Healthcare System. The Role of University based Innovation Centers- Lessons from Oklahoma State University" discussing his team's decade-long work to design and test shared decision-making interventions for patients with chronic conditions.
Dr. Rubin Pillay


Dr. Pillay recently joined the faculty at UAB as Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Collat School of Business and Assistant Dean for Global 

Health Innovation at the School of Medicine. He will present, "Innovating the Healthcare System. The Role of University based Innovation Centers- Lessons from Oklahoma State University" discussing his team's decade-long 

work to design and test shared decision-making interventions for patients with 

chronic conditions.



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.


Wed. August 27

New!  Two new drop-in clinics on August 27th at noon.

The MyIDP or the Careers in Medicine sites both provide the opportunity to plan for your future goals in academic, research and professional skills.  You know the sites exist, but would you like to discuss ideas related to their use?  Join David Chaplin, MD, PhD, on August 27th from noon to 1pm in PCAMS (1924 7th Avenue S.). Bring your laptop.


Questions about NIH biographical sketches, MyNCBI and SciENcv (the new biosketch generator tool)?  Utilize a drop-in consult with Lister Hill's Lee Vucovich, also on August 27th, from noon to 1pm in PCAMS.  Bring your laptop


Check out the CCTS Funding Opportunities page on our website. 

We also list 

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



         AHRQ Health Services Research
  • Demonstration and Dissemination Grants (R18  PA-14-290)
  • Research Projects (R01  PA-14-291) 

Blueprint Neurotherapeutics Network (BPN): Small Molecule Drug Discovery and Development for Disorders of the Nervous System  

  • SBIR/STTR (UH2/UH3  PAR-14-293)
  • Cooperative Agreement (U44  PAR-14-292)

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. August 13

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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