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The first annual Community Engagement Institute (CEI) takes place on Friday, October 10, and registration is now open! The Institute is a premier educational and training event designed to benefit both community and academic partners in the greater Birmingham area. The Institute is designed to explore, demonstrate, and educate on principles related to community-engaged research and service. Highlights of the half-day event include:

  • Lecture by Dr. Gail Christopher, Director of Program Strategy, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation

  • Breakout sessions on topics such as how to navigate grant funding; the use of social media to promote student leadership and activism; and a discussion of how to make community and academic collaborations work
  • Unlimited opportunities to network with UAB and community leadership

Who Should Attend? 

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


The event runs from 8:30am-1:30pm, Friday, Oct. 10. $20 registration includes continental breakfast, lunch and event materials.


Visit us online at: http://www.uab.edu/ccts/cei or send an email to EventCEI@gmail.com for more information. Follow us on Twitter at #CEIaraeyouengaged


Don't Miss This One-of-a-Kind Event! Register today.


Seminars, Symposia and Conferences

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. 



***Please Note: Thurs., Sept. 18 Seminar has been canceled


Thurs., Oct 2      

1572: what it means    

Presenter: Alice Howell, BSN, MSN

This program will provide a detailed explanation of the importance of the 1572, and how to complete and manage.

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

Thurs., Oct 14    

Getting the most value from the monitor visits

Presenter: Karen Savage

This program will provide guidance on how to get the most from a monitor visit and tools to use to assess improvement.             

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


September Seminars/Symposia: 

Tuesday, Sept. 16

UCEM Distinguished Lecture Series

"Effect of Exercise and Diet on Osteoarthritis" with Stephen Messier, PhD, Professor
Director, JB Snow Biomechanics Laboratory
Director, Wake Forest University Runner's Clinic

Tinsley Harrison, Room 740 
Light breakfast will be served


Friday, Sept. 19

11 am-2 p.m.
Volker Hall, Lecture Room B

This half-day workshop is targeted at those who wish to learn successful strategies for securing winning proposals from the National Science Foundation. It is taught by experienced faculty who have received NSF grants and who serve as evaluators on NSF review panels and by NSF program staff. The focus of the workshop will be on explicating the types of education and research awards NSF supports and providing insights into what projects are deemed innovative and impactful by NSF. Lectures and discussion will include opportunities to address questions that will enable attendees to better develop their own NSF projects.


Monday, Sept. 22

UAB Translational & Molecular Sciences Certificate Program's 

Eminent Speaker Series 

"Airway Basal Cells: The Smoking Gun of COPD"

Presented by Ronald G Crystal, MD

Chair, Department of Genetic Medicine

Weill Cornell Medical College


BBRB 170

Contact Scott Austin or Dr. Rakesh Patel for more information.

 Friday, Sept. 26

UAB Center for Exercise Medicine - 2nd Annual Symposium

Focus on Exercise Biology in Medicine and Rehabilitation

8 am-2 pm

Bradley Lecture Center/Children's Harbor - 4th Floor



Keynote Speaker:

Mark Tarnopolsky, MD, PhD, FRCP(C)

Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine

Director of Neuromuscular and Neurometabolic Clinic

McMaster University Medical Center

Hamilton, Ontario Canada


Register today: https://www.uab.edu/medicine/exercise/center-for-exercise-medicine-second-annual-symposium/registration


Save the Date:

UAB Comprehensive Cardiovascular Center-3rd Annual Symposium

Frontiers in Diabetes-Related Cardiovascular Disease

From Bench to Bedside to Community

Thurs.-Fri., October 3-4, 2014

Renaissance Ross Bridge Golf Resort and Spa

Birmingham, AL


William W. Featheringill Keynote Lecture:

David C. Goff, Jr., MD, PhD

Dean, Colorado School of Public Health

"Translating the Diabetes Prevention Program into the Community.  The Help Prevent Diabetes Experience."


CCVC Keynote Lecture:

Ira J. Goldberg, MD

Director, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism

NYU Langone Medical Center


The CCVC trainee abstract session will include 3 oral presentations, the Featheringill Young Investigator Award and cash awards.  Abstract submission is open! Please visit the CCVC website for more information: http://www.uab.edu/medicine/cardiovascularcenter/ 


UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center

17th Annual Research Retreat - Monday, October 6, 2014

Sheraton Hotel Downtown Birmingham


2014 Meeting Theme - Personalized Cancer Care

Program Committee:  Eddy Yang, MD, PhD - Chair; Jonas Almeida, PhD; Andres Forero, MD;  Bruce Korf, MD, PhD; Kevin Roth, MD, PhD


Online advance registration: www3.ccc.uab.edu/retreat 

Check out the CCTS Funding Opportunities page on our website. 

We list

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


  • Gut-Microbiome-Brain Interactions and Mental Health (R21/R33)
  • Epigenetic Analyses of Aging as a Risk Factor for Multiple Chronic Conditions (U34)

Tip of the Week

Stay on top grant submission items of interest (including policy changes and research opportunities) by subscribing to important newsletters and blogs:  eRA, eSubmission, Extramural Nexus and Dr. Rockey's Rock Talk. Contact the CCTS Research Commons (ccts@uab.edu; 4.7442) to learn more.

Contact the CCTS Research Commons (ccts@uab.edu; 4.7442) to learn more.



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. September 24

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 deadlines are just around the corner (Oct. 5 for new R01; Nov. 5 for resubmission)! 


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.


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