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While we invite you to take part in all of our programs, items featuring this icon may be of particular interest. Look for the symbol throughout the Digest. Have news you'd like to share? Send it to: ccts@uab.edu
New Species of Human Ancestor Discovered-Homo naledi
While primitive in some respects, the face, skull, and teeth show enough modern features to justify H. naledi's placement in the genus Homo. Artist Gurche spent some 700 hours reconstructing the head from bone scans, using bear fur for hair. CAPTION and PHOTOGRAPH BY MARK THIESSEN, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

Yesterday, a new branch was added to our human family tree with the unveiling of the discovery of a new species of human ancestor. Deep in a South African cave, scientists unearthed more than 1,000 bones--a discovery they are calling  one of the greatest fossil discoveries of the past half century. Researchers are still working to determine exactly when the species--dubbed Homo naledi, meaning "star" for the Rising Star cave where it was found--lived and how it fits into the  human family tree.

Two recreational cavers found the bones two years ago, in an area of the world known as the "Cradle of Civilization" for the abundance of fossils of our early ancestors that have been found there. These lanky men squeezed their way into a previously undiscovered section of the cavern with a move known as Superman's crawl and were rewarded with the discovery of a lifetime. Bones lay all around--visible by the light of their headlamps. They shot photos and showed them to a caver/geologist who then led an expedition back, which led to the discovery. Research is ongoing to discover how the species fits in with our own.

On Wednesday, September 16, NOVA/National Geographic Channel will air a special program on the find, "Dawn of Humanity" at 8pm CT on PBS. Click here to read more from National Geographic about the find; read the New York Times' take here.

Seminars, Symposia and Conferences
Tuesday, September 15
"Success in Research at UAB- New Faculty Onboarding"
8am-1:30pm (Lunch will be served)
Finley Conference Room, Kaul Genetics Building

The School of Medicine and the Office of the Senior Vice Provost are sponsoring a "Success in Research at UAB" workshop for new research faculty. The workshop will be composed of numerous "nuts-and-bolts" presentations from various research administrative units at UAB, included IACUC, IRB, OH&S and OSP. Click here to see the full agenda. 
All new (or interested) UAB faculty who are primarily focused on research are invited to attend.
Please RSVP to Dr. Chad Steele, Assistant Dean for Research Administration (chadsteele@uab.edu).

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

Mark your calendar 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

Thursday, September 17
"Cultural Sensitivity" with James Grimes
PCAMS, 1924 7th Avenue South

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
You can also dial in using your phone:  (267) 507-0008
Access Code:  930-891-813

Thursday, September 17
"Predictive Modeling for Biomarker Discovery"
with Subramani Mani, MBBS, PhD
Associate Professor
Division of Translational Informatics
Department of Medicine
University of New Mexico

Shelby 515,  1825 University Boulevard
Please register to attend this presentation no later than Monday, 09/14/15. 
Lunch will be served. We look forward to seeing you there!
Questions? Please contact Dr. James Cimino, Director, Informatics Institute (ciminoj@uab.edu; 205.996.1958)
Thursday, October 1
Research Methods and Secondary Data Analysis Seminar Series
Featuring Peter Baltrus, PhD "Tracking Disparities Across Time and Space"

Speakers begin at noon with a light lunch served or you may bring your own.
Medical Towers 634 and by videoconference connection at your office by request.  

Please RSVP:   dfizer@uabmc.edu and  annsmith@uab.edu by 12pm, Tuesday, before the 1st Thursday in order to be included in the light lunch order; also welcome to bring your lunch. 

Tuesday, October 6
7 th Annual Methods Seminar in Outcomes Research
"Big Data and Clinical Informatics to  Support Patient Care and Research"
8 am-noon
The Edge of Chaos, 4 th Floor, Lister Hill Library

Please register for the seminar at  http://patientcenteredmethodsseminar.eventbrite.com.  

Wednesday, October 7
CCTS Forum: Partner Network Research
PCAMS, 1924 7th Avenue South

Join the CCTS for hors d'oeuvres, beverages, and a host of presentations on collaborative research being conducted among researchers and institutions in our Southeastern Partner Network. From cutting edge work cervical spine imaging being conducted at Auburn University, to colonoscopy research at HudsonAlpha, come see the innovative science that our Partner Network is making possible!

Monday-Friday, October 12-16
"Genetics and Genomics in Clinical Research"  Genomics Immersion Course

8:30 am-12:30pm
Cudworth Hall
1919 University Blvd
Birmingham AL 35233
$50- Faculty
$25- Post-Doc
$10- Students
This course will review the principles, major technologies, and experimental approaches in genetics and genomics through both lectures and hands-on activities.  Course will be taught by Dept of Genetics and HudsonAlpha faculty.
Registration information will follow.  Please save your spot by emailing Shaila Handattu at hande@uab.edu

Thursday, October 29
"Toward Precision Medicine: Informatics Hurdles and Policies Pending"

Presented by Jessica Tenenbaum, PhD
Associate Director for Bioinformatics, Biomedical Informatics Core
Duke University, Duke Translational Medicine Institute, Durham, NC
Shelby 515
1825 University Blvd
Please register to attend  no later than Monday, 10/26/15.  Light breakfast will be served.
Questions? Please contact Dr. James Cimino, Director, Informatics Institute (ciminoj@uab.edu; 205.996.1958)
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

Wednesday, September 30
This is Research: Faculty Symposium
The Auburn University Hotel & Dixon Conference Center

This is Research Symposia bring researchers and creative scholars together in celebration of their discoveries and innovations. Whether the research is based in arts, sciences, and professional programs, or in developing solutions to meet the needs of society, research is a central component of Auburn University's mission. Each year we hold two symposia - one focused on student research and the other on faculty research. 

The Student Symposium is held each spring semester to celebrate the accomplishments of undergraduate and graduate student research from all colleges and schools of Auburn University and Auburn University at Montgomery (AUM).  Students compete for presentation awards, and current faculty and students, as well as prospective students and employers, have a chance to engage in dialogue with student researchers about their work. 

The Faculty Symposium is held each fall semester in order to connect researchers and creative scholars across disciplines, helping initiate synergies that advance scholarship at Auburn.  The faculty symposium also raises visibility of research at Auburn University and AUM by engaging and informing a diverse internal and external audience.  Beginning in 2016, we will hold a biennial Creative Scholarship Showcase that features the work of creative scholars across diverse disciplines and methods.

Thursday-Friday, October 22-23
Hosted by: UAB Center for Nanoscience Materials and Biointegration
UAB Alumni House and Abroms-Engle Institute for the Visual Arts (AEIVA)

This third annual summit brings together expertise in a variety of science and engineering disciplines and explores applications of nanotechnology tools and devices in biology and medicine. We have recruited some outstanding speakers from within Alabama and throughout the country (Harvard, UCLA, UNC - Chapel Hill, and University of California -Riverside). Featuring plenary speakers Dr. Paul Weiss, California NanoSystems Institute on "Nanoscience Approaches to Heterogeneity in Biological Sciences" and Dr. Charles Lieber, Harvard University, "Nanoelectric Tools for Brain Science."

Registration Deadline: Sept. 15
For more information contact Charita Cadenhead, (205) 975-8076

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

Sunday & Monday, November 15-16
Network of Minority Health Research Investigators (NMRI) South Regional Meeting 

Who attends?
* Network of Minority Health Research Investigators (NMRI) members
* Underrepresented minority investigators, including post-graduate doctoral students, who are conducting biomedical research in the fields of:
o diabetes, endocrinology, metabolism
o digestive and liver diseases, nutrition
o kidney, urologic, and hematologic diseases.
How do I attend?
 T o attend, fill out and submit the Enrollment Form .
What happens at the meeting?
* Mentorship
* Poster Presentation
* Scholarly exchange among field leaders
Can I submit an abstract for the poster presentation?
Participants are encouraged to submit abstracts. Visit the meeting page  for more information.
Questions? Contact Dr.  Alethea Hill, Assistant Professor, College of Nursing and member of the NMRI  at: ahill@southalabama.edu.

2015 Community Health Innovation Awards Kick Off 

REGISTER TODAY TO TAKE PART: The Innovation Workshop is the first step in becoming a CHIA participant, and takes place on Saturday, September 19, 2015. 
Click here to register for the Innovation Workshop.

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.  

Click here to learn more and register today!

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.   Click here for more information.

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.

This workshop will provide research staff (study coordinators, billing staff, regulatory coordinators, etc.) with the basics of implementing and managing a clinical trial with emphasis on good clinical practices (GCPs), research compliance, and other key topics. It is recommended for people who are starting out in research careers or those who would like to receive updates on the various UAB departments and programs that are on campus.  The program is provided on the UAB campus twice a year, as well as online.

 Register Now!  
This seven week course will take place Tuesdays on:  October 6, 13, 20, 27 and November 3, 10, 17.  View a PDF of the agenda here.  

We are currently in the process of accepting registration on a first-come, first-served basis.   All classes will be in the  Children's Harbor Building , 4th Floor, Bradley Conference Center in Birmingham, AL. Questions? Contact Sara Davis: 205-934-5316 sadavis@peds.uab.edu 

Cite the Grant - Featuring New CCTS Grant Number!

We're still celebrating our Clinical and Translational Science Award grant renewal - thank you to all who are involved in making this happen! 
Along with the new grant comes a new grant number! As always, if you have utilized CCTS services and resources and are publishing manuscripts, press releases, or other publications/documents related to that work, you'll need to CITE THE GRANT - and our grant number has changed. 

So, out with the old and in with the new:  UL1TR001417

For more information on how to cite the grant, visit: https://www.uab.edu/ccts/cite-the-ccts


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. 


Remembering 9/11 14 years later
On September 11, 2001, the two tallest buildings in New York City, the World Trade Center's twin towers, were hit in a terrorist attack and collapsed. It was a day no one can forget. Today we honor the memory of those who lost their lives and loved ones in the tragic events, and thank the many who served and saved .
Not all rescuers that day were human. Bretagne, a golden retriever and the last-known living Ground Zero rescue dog,  celebrated her 16th birthday with a tribute visit 
back to New York this week.  Click here to watch her story.

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1924 Seventh Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35294