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NIH Awards Nearly $34 Million to UAB Center for Clinical and Translational Science

The National Institutes of Health has awarded the CCTS  $33.59 million over four years to continue the center's programs advancing translational research.
Since its initial funding in 2008 through Alabama's only  Center for Translational Science Award to work toward innovative discoveries for better health, the UAB CCTS has nurtured UAB research, accelerating the process of translating laboratory discoveries into treatments for patients, training a new generation of clinical and translational researchers, and engaging communities in clinical research efforts.
The CCTS will  continue to advance its mission to accelerate the delivery of new drugs, methodologies and practices to patients at UAB and throughout a partner network of 11 institutions in the Southeast.

"We are excited by the capacity to continue to enhance our institution's and our region's innovative research and medical care," said Robert Kimberly, M.D., UAB CCTS director. "Through internal and external partnerships, as well as a robust clinical environment and cutting-edge informatics and clinical trial resources, we look forward to working with our patients over the course of their lifespan."
Congress launched the CTSA program in 2006, which is overseen by the  National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences.

The amount of this award, more than double its previous funding awarded in 2008 and one of the largest at UAB, reflects an unmatched enthusiasm for the CCTS and its affiliated programs. It includes funding for 10 annual pre-doctoral training awards, 10 summer training awards, and eight career development awards for senior postdoctoral fellows or faculty-level candidates.

Click here to read the full story.

Also in CCTS News, read this UAB Mix story about how the CCTS "specializes in turning ideas into action," by Matt Windsor.

Seminars, Symposia and Conferences
Thursday, September 3
CCTS/CTO Research Seminar Series 
" Therapeutic Misconception"
presented by Elizabeth Busby, RN
CME credit available 
12-1pm, PCAMS Library, 1924 7th Ave. S.
Please join us remotely via GoToMeeting:

Thursday, September 10
Professional Skills Development Series
"How to Kill Creativity in Your Work Group"
Stephen A. Yoder, JD | Assistant Professor
Collat School of Business
  • To understand and apply to your own work group why creativity is valuable
  • To identify and reflect on specific actions that can encourage or inhibit creativity

PCAMS, 1924 7th Avenue South
Click here to register

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone:  https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/840329197
You can also dial in using your phone. United States (Long distance): +1 (224) 501-3412  Access Code: 840-329-197

Friday, September 11
First Friday Mentoring Lunch
Noon-1pm, PCAMS (1924 7th Ave. S.) 

This is an informal opportunity to come together with Dr. David Chaplin, Director of the CCTS Training Academy and your peers to discuss mentoring issues.  No prerequisite attendance at any other mentoring events is required.  Please RSVP so that we have enough food:  ccts@uab.edu

Tuesday, September 15
TIERS: Training Interdisciplinary & Emerging Research Scholars
PCAMS Library, 1924 7th Avenue South
Warren Ross, MD

Mark your calendar: Tuesday, September 15, 2015 for a dialogue with Warren Ross, MD, on career development topics such as interviewing and professional searches.  Dr. Ross is a nationally recognized physician executive who lends deep industry knowledge to senior search assignments, which focus on securing top executives for Academic Health Science Centers. 

The mission of TIERS is to provide beneficial information on career planning and development. Topics are presented in a relaxed environment structured to promote collaborative learning, networking, and problem solving.

TIERS Participants do not have to have a current career development or training award to attend. Any junior faculty, postdoctoral fellow, and pre-professional student interested in an academic research career may participate.

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States : +1 (408) 650-3123

Access Code: 718-705-597

From our:
Friday-Saturday, August 28-29
First Annual Auburn University Research Initiative in Cancer (AURIC) Cancer Meeting
Marriott Hotel, Grand National, Opelika Alabama, 3700 Robert Trent Jones Trail,  Opelika,  AL

PROGRAM - We think we have a great program scheduled, with opportunities to present your research as well as learn more about what others at Auburn are doing and to learn about opportunities and facilities available to you.  The program will begin at 8:00 am on Friday and end at about 3:00 pm on Saturday.  The program will include lunch both days as well as a dinner (with a bar) on Friday.

Platform and poster presentation title preferences may be submitted to Dr. Bruce Smith, smithbf@auburn.ed and cc: smith30@auburn.edu. Deadline: Friday, August 14. AURIC Grant recipients are expected to present results at the meeting.

Registration is free to AURIC members; become one by registering today at: https://tpg.auburn.edu/ustores/web/store_cat.jsp?STOREID=4&CATID=13
Wednesday, September 2
Alabama Launchpad Innovation and Entrepreneurship Conference

BJCC East Ballroom
Featuring keynote speaker: Alabama Governor Robert Bentley
Attend the Alabama Launchpad Innovation and Entrepreneurship Conference to recognize outstanding individuals and businesses that have taken risks and solved needs to ensure the continuing economic development success of Alabama and the growth of entrepreneurial talent in the state.  Five outstanding individuals will receive a prestigious Alabama Innovation Award. Click here to learn more and register.
Friday, September 18
Training Session: National Science Foundation's Graduate
 Research Fellowship Program 
3:30pm, Heritage Hall Room 125
National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)

is an annual competition for graduate student fellowships. Graduate students early in their enrollment  at UAB and studying any topic covered by NSF's broad interests are eligible to apply. The deadlines fall from October 29-November 4 this fall, depending on discipline. This website offers further information:

We encourage students to work with their mentors to  begin writing applications immediately. To assist students, the UAB College of Arts and Sciences will hold a training program concerning GRFP applications on Friday, September 18 at 3:30 PM in Heritage Hall Room 125. All are welcome to attend.

Friday, September 25
UAB Center for Exercise Medicine - 3rd Annual Symposium
UCEM logo  
"Innovative Research from Discovery to Treatment to Prevention"
Birmingham, AL

Details and registration information will be posted soon at:  www.uab.edu/exercise.

Monday-Wednesday, September 28-30
Immunogenomics 2015
HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, Huntsville, Ala.
The meeting will bring you together with key experts at the intersection of immunology and genomics as they explore the application of genomic technologies to better understand the immune system.
Attend  Immunogenomics 2015 and:
  • Engage in a multi-day program of science talks presented by leading experts in the field of immunogenomics
  • Be a part of the grassroots revolution in the way we approach human health
  • Network with leaders and thinkers at exciting social events
View the program to see the line-up of international speakers who will be discussing their groundbreaking research. Click here to register today.

Special Discounts for UAB to attend Immunogenomics ! 

Full - Participation Conference Pass - Group Rate Discount - $650 through August 31 or $750 starting September 1.  This full conference pass is for all three days of the conference September 28 - 30.  This pass provides participation in the program including meals, keynote presentations, session talks, access to the posters and exhibits, all socials, and evening events. Use this link to register for the group rate:  
https://support.hudsonalpha.org/immunogenomics-conference-group-registration-page-Talks-Only Benefit
 - $75 per day.  This pass provides access to the talks only on Tuesday or Wednesday of the conference.  If you would like to register for the talks only on both days, the total cost will be $150. This pass does not include food, keynote talks, socials or evening events. Use this link to register for the talks only rate: support.hudsonalpha.org/igc/talks

Friday, October 2

Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center, East Meeting Rooms
This event is an education and training opportunity for academic and community partners to explore, discuss and gain practical skills related to collaborative research and service, especially to address locally identified needs and to connect key stakeholders and change agents to one another for action.

Undergraduate and graduate students, community members, UAB faculty, organizations & community/neighborhood leaders, volunteers, faith-based leaders and organizations, health advocates, consumers, grass-roots organizers, local funders and others are encouraged to register and attend. 

Keynote speakers for the October 2, 2015, Community Engagement Institute are:

Al Richmond, MSW
Executive Director
Community Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH) 
Dr. Sampson Davis

Call for posters:
Conference participants interested in presenting a poster should complete the  POSTER APPLICATION FORMProposals should be submitted NO LATER than 5 pm (CST), Tuesday, September 1st, 2015.   

Thursday-Friday, October 22-23
UAB Comprehensive Cardiovascular Center-4th Annual Symposium
"Inflammation and Cardiovascular Disease"
William W. Featheringill Keynote Lecture:
Charles N. Serhan, PhD
Director, Center for Experimental Therapeutics and Reperfusion Injury
Brigham and Women's Hospital
The Simon Gelman Professor of Anaesthesia (Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology)
Harvard Institutes of Medicine
Professor, Harvard School of Dental Medicine
Taking place at the Renaissance Ross Bridge Golf Resort and Spa, Birmingham, AL
Please visit the CCVC website for more information; Registration and Trainee Abstract Submission are Open.

Friday, October 23
Comprehensive Center for Healthy Aging
23rd Annual Symposium
Edge of Chaos, Lister Hill Library, 4th Floor

Call for research abstracts:   The Comprehensive Center for Healthy Aging requests abstract submissions from faculty members and their trainees for possible oral or poster presentation at this year's Annual Meeting. Abstracts must be on recent aging-related research. Electronic submission deadline: 4pm, Friday, August 21. Send to: Peter Bosworth at email: bosworth@uab.edu.

Friday, November 13
The 10th Annual Research Scientific Retreat
hosted by  UAB Department of Genetics (Heflin Center) in conjunction with HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology
UAB Alumni House
Keynote address presented by:

Howard Jacob, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President for Medical Genomics and Chief Medical Genomics Officer
HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology
Accepting abstract submissions (350 words or less for the body of the abstract)
Please E-mail your abstract as a Word document attachment to lwang12@uab.edu  by October 9, 2015

2015 Community Health Innovation Awards Kick Off 

  One Great Community  established the   Community Health Innovation Awards  as an annual grant competition for area organizations in the greater Birmingham area. The  Community Health Innovation Awards  are 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. These awards are a way for UAB, local leaders and our communities to share resources and expertise. Grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 will be awarded to local organizations whose ideas innovatively address community health issues.  

What is One Great Community?
One Great Community is the community engagement component of  the CCTS. Its goal is to connect basic science and clinical researchers with the multiple communities they serve. This collaboration will ensure that research efforts respond to and reflect the needs of the community through an active process of community involvement, dialogue, and mutual understanding.  

In order to apply for a 2015 CHIA Grant it is MANDATORY that all applicants attend the  Innovation Workshop on Saturday, September 19, 2015. To register for the Innovation Workshop, please  input your information online here.

Each applicant will  submit answers to the questions with a minimum of 250 words and a maximum of 500 words.  All applicants are required to attend the Innovation Workshop on Saturday, September 19, 2015. Draft proposals are due MONDAY, OCTOBER 19 by 5 pm. FINAL PROPOSALS are due  MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16 by 5 pm.  No late submissions will be accepted so please prepare early and submit on time. 
UAB Research Orientation Program - a NEW RESEARCH TRAINING OPPORTUNITY for Faculty, Coordinators, Budget & Regulatory Staff

New to the UAB platform of education offerings for research is a program designed for young investigators and research staff who are new to research (possibly within the first 2 months of starting in research).  
The program will be a basic review of how to implement a sponsored- or investigator-initiated study including clinical, regulatory and financial aspects. The intent of this program is to provide a basic overview of implementing a study, familiarize attendees with the language, and hopefully provide guidance on avoiding pitfalls when starting out.  This is not an all-encompassing program, but will provide basic tools and some of the necessary language in order to successfully conduct a research study.
We encourage new faculty, coordinators, budget and regulatory staff to attend.  
At this time there is no cost for the program.    

Fourth Thursday of each month 8am - 12noon in PCAMS (1924 7th Avenue S.).
Registration is limited, so please REGISTER early by contacting   Dharti Patel :  Dpatel80@uab.edu.


Epidemiology/Biostatistics Clinic in The Edge of Chaos


This clinic provides the UAB community access to epidemiology and biostatistics resources.  Available most Mondays, 10am-2pm in The Edge of Chaos (Lister Hill Library, 4th floor).  Check the Edge of Chaos calendar   for confirmation of meeting dates and times. 


 UAB CCTS Biostatistics Clinic                                                    

Come visit our team of biostatisticians for a one-on-one consultation

Weekly on Wednesdays, 11:30am-1pm

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, Paul Lin), 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 ccts@uab.edu, calling (205) 934-4905 or connecting through Research Commons on the CCTS home page. 


On behalf of all of us at the CCTS, we'd like to thank you for your support and assistance in making our NIH grant renewal a reality. We could not have done it without you. We're looking forward to amazing things to come in our collaborations, both across campus and the Southeast. Please let us know how we can help sharpen your science!


Robert Kimberly, MD

UAB Center for Clinical and Translational Science |   ccts@uab.edu | www.uab.edu/ccts
 Pittman Center for Advanced Medical Sciences
1924 Seventh Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35294