CCTS Digest 7.4.14 | www.uab.edu/ccts
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Happy Fourth of July!

Go ahead, celebrate Independence Day in style!


Enjoy the annual UAB Summer Band Independence Day Concert at 7 p.m. on the Bartow Arena lawn. Bring picnics, blankets and chairs, and enjoy a free, family-friendly patriotic concert under the stars. Stay and watch the fireworks over Vulcan on Red Mountain at 9 p.m.  Entertaining out of town visitors? Check out this article from Birmingham magazine about how to show them Birmingham as the locals see it.


And on this day celebrating America, a must-click link is CNN's "50 States, 50 Spots" where each state is captured in a glorious image. What a tribute to these United States. What's the best bit of nature in your neck of the woods? Tweet your suggestions using #CNN50spots.

Coming Monday, July 7
The third annual Community Health Innovation Awards kick off again next week! CHIA is an annual grant competition for organizations in the greater Birmingham area. 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. 

Local organizations can win grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 to carry out ideas that address community issues creatively. Click here to read more about the award process, including registration.

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 7
The Responsible Conduct of Research with Dr. Jeffrey Engler


Mon. July 14
Stats 101 with Dr. David Redden 
***Watch Dr. Redden's talk on "The Fundamentals of Data Management" here (in 3 parts)**


Wed. July 9
The Biomedical Informatics Seminar Series 
3-4 p.m.
Shelby Building, Room 1015


"Literature searching using advanced electronic techniques"
 by Lee Vucovich
Topics include: Tools, strategies and resources for effective literature searching for researchers in clinical and translational science.

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 17

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 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.


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:




  • Request for Information (RFI): Public-Private Partnerships for Organ Systems and Platforms Developed by Microphysiological Systems (MPS) Investigators NOT-TR-14-008 (NCATS)
  • Request for Information: Collaborative Translational Research Consortium to Develop T4 Translation of Evidence-based Interventions  NOT-HL-14-028 (NHBLI)     

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.


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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