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CTSA RFA is Now Live: 
Join Us Oct. 1 to Discuss



CTSA RFA-TR-14-009: Due January 15, 2015



The new CTSA RFA is live now. Join us on Wednesday, October 1st in PCAMS (1924 7th Avenue South) from 4:45-6 pm when Dr. Robert Kimberly will present the recently released NIH and National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) Request for Applications for the Clinical and Translational Science Award (U54 grant)


For this latest opportunity, NCATS considered the Institute of Medicine findings on the CTSA program and a subsequent NCATS Advisory Council Working Group report in response to the IOM's findings, as well as input from CTSA principal investigators and others in the broader research community. There is new emphasis on:

  • Aligning the CTSA program more directly with NCATS' overall goals;
  • Building a collaborative, national network to achieve strategic translational science goals;
  • Overall workforce development to train a new generation of clinical and translational scientists; and
  • Evaluation and accountability with defined criteria for measurement and metrics.

We will provide an overview of the RFA and discuss the CCTS outline for our application. Your input is crucial to our success, and we hope you will join us for 

hors d'oeuvres and a lively discussion.  


For more information read:

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Questions? Contact us at: ccts@uab.edu or 205-934-7442.


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 (click here to read more)
  • 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.



Thursday, Oct. 2

Webinar: New Advocacy Tools Available from the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) 

11 am


Learn about new advocacy tools available from the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) and how you can join FASEB's efforts to urge Congress to increase funding for the National Institutes of Health and other federal research agencies.


RSVP to Meghan McCabe at  mmccabe@faseb.org. You must RSVP to participate in the webinar. A confirmation email with instructions for how to join the webinar will be sent following receipt of your RSVP.


This webinar will explore tools to take action including:

  • Fact sheets highlighting the impact of federal research funding in more than 400 congressional districts and the U.S. territories
  • Strategies for planning a meeting with your member of Congress
  • An overview of how to communicate with elected officials on Twitter
  • Tips for submitting a letter-to-the editor of your local newspaper

Thursday, Oct. 2

Research Methods and Secondary Data Analysis Seminar

Dr. James Willig: "Using Patient Response Outcomes as a Research Platform"


Medical Towers, Room 634


Click here for more information. RSVP to Dawn Fizer at: dfizer@uabmc.edu by Tuesday, Sept. 30.


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 Crystallography and the Centennial of the Bragg equation 

Featuring four prominent keynote 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

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:
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Check out the CCTS Funding Opportunities page on our website. 

We list

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


  • Self-Management for Health in Chronic Conditions (R01, R15 or R21)
  • Analyses of Datasets on Older Populations with High Prevalence of Mobility Disability to Develop Clinically Meaningful Diagnostic Cut-Points for Low Muscle Mass and/or Low Muscle Strength (U01)


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!



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. October 8 and October 22

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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