CCTS Digest 9.19.14 | www.uab.edu/ccts
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Community Health Innovation Awards Tackling Public Health in Birmingham
The Norwood Learning Gardens


The third annual Community Health Innovation Awards are in full swing, with this year's applicants presenting their projects for improved community health to a panel of judges on Wednesday, Sept. 24.


UAB News covers the awards program in a release issued today: 

"In the two years since the awards began, the University of Alabama at Birmingham Center for Clinical and Translational Science's Community Health Innovation Award grantees have seen some major successes. Now several new organizations competing for this year's grants are gearing up to present their final project proposals to a panel of judges in the hope of becoming the next CHIA success story.


CHIA is an annual grant competition open to local 501(c)(3) organizations in the Greater Birmingham area that enables participants to seek bold, creative solutions to health challenges their communities face. Applicants work with UAB experts and local businesses to propose and complete a project addressing a public health issue in their communities. Projects are supported by grant funding, ranging from $5,000 to $25,000, awarded by The One Great Community Council, the community engagement arm of the CCTS.


'To date, CHIA has awarded $112,000 in grant funding to nine groups in the Birmingham area'" said Shauntice Allen, Ph.D., program manager in the UAB School of Public Health and director of The One Great Community Council. 'Not only have these past awardees improved aspects of their communities, many have successfully leveraged their awards to receive additional funding to support the expansion of their respective programs.'"


For more information on past awardees, and the success they've seen as a result of the program's support, visit the following:

The CCTS thanks this year's volunteer judges and organizers for another great year of CHIA, and congratulates our 2014 winners! Look to next week's Digest for an update.

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:

  • The Carole W. Samuelson Lecture in Public Health Practice 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. Scholarships are available; 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 #CEIareyouengaged


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. 



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 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.



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


Friday, Oct. 3

Talking the Talk: New Careers for Today's Scientists

Career Options in science communications: a seminar and panel discussion led by national sci comm leaders

UAB Hospital West Pavilion

Noon-2pm, panel (lunch provided)

2-4 pm networking; 4 pm meetup at Iron City, 513 22nd Street S.


Fri.-Sat., Oct. 3-4

UAB Comprehensive Cardiovascular Center-3rd Annual Symposium

Frontiers in Diabetes-Related Cardiovascular Disease

From Bench to Bedside to Community

Renaissance Ross Bridge Golf Resort and Spa


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.  Please visit the CCVC website for more information: http://www.uab.edu/medicine/cardiovascularcenter/ 


Monday, Oct. 6

UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center

17th Annual Research Retreat

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 


Wednesday, Oct. 8

UAB Structural Biology Symposium

In honor of the UN Mandated Year of Crystallographyand the Centennial of the Bragg equation 

Featuring four prominent key note speakers:

-Charles E Bugg (Founder, Biocryst pharmaceuticals)

-Wayne Hendrickson (Professor, Columbia University)

-Stephen White (Chair, Structural Biology, St. Jude's Childrens Research Hospital)

-Petra Fromme (Director, Membrane Proteins in Infectious Diseases Ceneter, ASU)


Edge of Chaos
1700 University Blvd. 
4th floor
Birmingham, AL 35294


Click here for more information and to register.


Thursday, Oct. 9

Professional Skills Training Program: Revising Grant Applications and Responding to Critiques
presented by Lisa Schwiebert, PhD
Professor of Cell, Developmental, & Integrative Biology
Associate Dean for Postdoctoral Education


11am-12:15 pm*

PCAMS, 1924 7th Avenue S.


Register today: http://pinksheets.eventbrite.com

The goal of this seminar is two-fold: i)  to inform and educate attendees about resubmitting grant applications; and ii) to update them on current NIH resubmission policies.


*Join us in person: A box lunch is served. 


Join us via GoToMeeting:
1. Please join my meeting.
Access Code: 906-992-477
Audio PIN: Shown after joining the session
Meeting ID: 906-992-477
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.

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