Congratulations to our nine Multidisciplinary Pilot Program Award winners for 2016. Awardees represent five CCTS partner institutions: Auburn, Southern Research, Tulane, UAB, and USA.

The goal of the CCTS Multidisciplinary Pilot Program is to foster collaborative team science and innovative discovery. Projects must address scientific questions consistent with the CCTS mission and may be at any stage of research, from the biological basis of health and disease to interventions that improve the health of individuals and the public.

Proposals investigating the underlying operational principles of the translational process are also strongly encouraged. Applicants must also identify one non-CCTS cosponsor with shared scientific interests (a school, a department, a division, a University-wide Interdisciplinary Research Center, etc.).

This year’s awardees, listed below, will each receive up to $60,000 to cover direct costs of their research for the period of April 1, 2016-March 31, 2017. To learn more about the Multidisciplinary Pilot Program, contact the CCTS Research Commons ( or visit our Pilot Funding page.

Rebecca Arend, MD, assistant professor, Dept. of Medicine, Div. of Ob/Gyn - Gynecologic Oncology, University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)
“Priming Anti-Tumor Immunity in Ovarian Cancer with Epigenetics”

Javier Campos-Gomez, PhD, research biologist, Infectious Diseases, Drug Discovery Division, Southern Research
“Novel phage therapy approach targeting bacterial biofilm for the treatment of chronic infections with Pseudomonas aeruginosa”

Mai Do, MD, MPH, DrPH, assistant professor, Global Community Health & Behavioral Sciences, Tulane University, and Jennifer McCleary, MSW, PhD, assistant professor, Social Work, Tulane University
“Social, cultural, and cognitive factors that facilitate or impede an individual's use of behavioral health care”

Courtney Gamston, ScM, PharmD, discipline chair for Pharmacology, Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, and affiliate assistant professor, Harrison School of Pharmacy, Auburn University
“Assessment of the efficacy and economy of an employer-based biometric screening program as a platform for diabetes prevention”

Marguerite Ryan Irvin, PhD, assistant professor, Dept. of Epidemiology, UAB
“Epigenetic biomarkers of preeclampsia risk among mothers with chronic hypertension”

Jeonga Kim, PhD, assistant professor, Dept. of Medicine, Div. of Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism, UAB
“Investigate the weight loss effect of a novel compound, UAB126”

Saeed Latif, PhD, assistant professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of South Alabama
“Microwave Radar and Infrared Sensing (MiRIS) Based Breast Imaging Device for Cancer Detection” 

Christina Muzny, MD, assistant professor, Dept. of Medicine, Div. of Infectious Diseases, UAB
“Genital Microbiomes of Women with Recurrent BV and their Regular Male Sexual Partners”

Adam Wende, PhD, assistant professor, Dept. of Medicine, Div. of Molecular & Cellular Pathology, UAB
“Human blood DNA methylation and RNA transcript signatures to define diabetic cardiac subtypes”


Jan. CCTS Forum Demos i-Corps Approach to Sharpening Science 
Dr. Molly Wasko, associate dean for Research, Innovation, and Faculty Success, UAB Collat School of Business, encouraged the standing-room only crowd of scientists and engineers to better understand their research “customers.” More
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Play and Learn! CCTS Launches Kaizen-based Game to Teach Scientific Reproducibility 
To help young investigators meet an impending NIH policy requiring formal training in scientific rigor and reproducibility, CCTS has developed a web-based quiz game based on the Kaizen platform. Open to all investigators across the CCTS Partner Network. All T, K, and F awardees are encouraged to participate. The game goes live on Jan. 23, 2017. Register by Friday, Jan. 13. More
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CCTS Announces New Dates for Community Health Innovation Awards (CHIA) 
The fifth annual cycle of the CHIA grant, which supports projects that think boldly and creatively about solutions to public health challenges, will open on Jan. 30, 2017! Local community organizations are encouraged to register and plan on attending the mandatory CHIA workshop in early March. More
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March Seats Filling Fast for Accessing Clinical Data for Research with i2b2! 
All January and February sessions are full for our hands-on i2b2 training, cohosted by the UAB Informatics Institute, so register for March 2 or March 21 today. Registration is required. Supervisor approval is required for nonfaculty participants (e.g., trainees, staff), and all attendees are strongly encouraged to request i2b2 access prior to their session. Due to high demand, only one session per customer. More
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New Year Will Usher in "New Era of Trust and Transparency" for Clinical Trials 
CCTS is working hard to ensure investigators are ready for two new requirements that will take effect in January 2017: Good Clinical Practice training and trial registration and reporting in More
CCTS Launches the Southeast Health Alliance for Research (SHARe) 
'Tis the season to celebrate collaborations, like the new CCTS SHARe, which will increase the competitiveness of participating institutions for multisite trials that, in turn, will speed the translation of scientific discoveries into health care improvements. More
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Mark Your Calendar for CCTS January Events! 
CCTS will host several events shortly after the holiday season, including the CCTS Forum on Wed. Jan. 4th, which will explore bioinnovation and commercialization in academia; our Clinical Research Seminar Series on Jan. 5, which will review new requirements; and our First Wed. drop-in clinics for our Biostatistics, Bionutrition, Biorepository, and Clinical Research units. More
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December Forum Explores How Informatics Is Transforming Clinical Research 
The i2b2 platform is increasing the number and quality of research opportunities, whether multisite collaborations via SHRINE or TriNetX or by investigators trained to use the i2b2 self-service query builder and so access UAB EHR data on their own. More
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i2b2 Training Sessions Now Available Bimonthly 
Due to popular demand, the i2b2 hands-on training, cohosted by CCTS and the UAB Informatics Institute, will take place on the 1st Thursday and 3rd Tuesday of every month as of 2017. Registration is required, and attendees are strongly encouraged to request i2b2 access prior to their session. Visit the CCTS Events page for information about all our trainings. More
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CCTS BERD Codirector Provides Tips to Improve Study Rigor and Transparency 
In a talk presented to Auburn University investigators earlier this month, CCTS Codirector of Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design (BERD) and UAB Chair of Biostatistics Dr. David Redden reviewed steps investigators can take to avoid cognitive fallacies in research that undermine reproducibility. More
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CCTS TIERS Presents Success Strategies for Researchers in Academic Medicine 
Dr. Robert Rich, professor of Medicine, Microbiology, and Medical Education and former senior vice president and dean, UAB School of Medicine, provided invaluable career advice at the most recent CCTS Training Interdisciplinary & Emerging Research Scholars (TIERS) seminar. More
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Congrats to Our TL1 SOM Research Day Participants 
Eight CCTS Predoctoral TL1 trainees presented posters on their research findings at the UAB School of Medicine Dale J. Benos Medical Student Research Day. Our outstanding TL1s are pursuing an MS or MSPH, in addition to an MD or clinical PhD, to broaden their career options by adding a translational science skill set to their cvs. More
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NIH Launches New Mentoring Network for Biomedical, Behavioral and Social Science Workforce 
MyNRMN is a free social networking platform to help scientists of any discipline and at every career level find or become a mentor regardless of geographic location. CCTS Training Academy Director Dr. David D. Chaplin recommends the new resource, noting “You do not have to be an NIH-funded scientist to use it." More
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TriNetX: Following the Data to Tee Up Clinical Trial Opportunities 
Membership in TriNetX, a clinical data network of healthcare providers, pharmaceutical companies, and contract research organizations, is increasing the number of industry-sponsored trial opportunities for CCTS investigators. More
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December Forum To Explore How Informatics is Transforming Clinical Research 
Join us on Wed. Dec. 7 to learn how to access clinical data with i2b2; build multisite collaborations using the Shared Health Research Informatics Network (SHRINE); and connect to clinical trial opportunities and collaborations through TriNetX. More
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Back By Popular Demand! New Session Scheduled for CCTS Clinical Data for Research Training 
“Accessing Clinical Data for Research with i2b2,” a hands-on training helping investigators learn how to access de-identified patient data, check study feasibility, develop hypotheses, and more, will take place on Thurs., Dec. 1, from 1-3pm, in Cudworth 305. Register today!  More
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NCATS Awards $6.3 Million Grant for Integrating Patient-reported Outcomes into EHR 
The EHR Access to Seamless Integration of PROMIS (EASI-PRO), a multisite grant awarded to nine universities, will make it easier for investigators and clinicians to collect patient-reported outcomes information and use it to improve clinical care and research." More
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Registration Now Open for CCTS Clinical Data  
Seats are filling fast for “Accessing Clinical Data for Research with i2b2.” This hands-on training will cover using i2b2 to access de-identified patient data, check study feasibility, develop hypotheses, recruit, and more. It will take place on Thursday, Nov. 17, from 2-4pm." More
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CCTS Biostatics Clinic Cancelled for Holiday Weeks 
The weekly Wednesday Biostatistics Drop-in Clinic, which usually takes place at PCAMS from 11:30am-1pm, will not be held on the Wednesdays preceding Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve (November 23, December 21, or December 28). One-on-one consultations may still be scheduled by emailing or calling 205-934-7442" More
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CCTS Meets with External Advisory Committee 
Representatives from across the CCTS Partner Network gathered in Birmingham on Tuesday, Nov. 1, to meet with external advisors for a day that marked a year of "dramatic progress." More

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CCTS Presents: How to Use i2b2 for Research 
Mark your calendars for this hands-on training on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2-4pm at the Cudworth Building, Room 307! Learn how to access de-identified patient data to develop a research hypothesis, check enrollment feasibility for a clinical study or trial, and recruit. Request your i2b2 access now! Registration opens next week. More

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ICYMI: CEI Speaker Videos, Slides Now Available 
Catch the powerful presentations made by our 3rd Annual Community Engagement Institute keynote speakers Kevin Powell and Rep. Jeramey Anderson and peruse the slides from our outstanding breakout sessions. More

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CCTS Lunch & Learn Serves Smorgasbord of Clinical Trial Updates to Hungry Crowd 
More than 180 investigators, coordinators, and staff gathered in Spain Auditorium to learn how clinical trials are changing, from the rollout of PowerTrials/OnCore and i2b2 to new requirements for Good Clinical Practice, single IRB, and effort reporting. More

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CCTS Partners Meet Face to Face in NOLA 
On Oct. 21, more than 80 representatives from across the CCTS Partner Network gathered in New Orleans at Tulane University (one of 11 collaborating institutions in the network) to continue to identify opportunities to “do together what we can’t do singly,” said CCTS Director Dr. Robert Kimberly, as well as to broaden current collaborations. More

How To Review a Paper in Less than an Hour 
Nearly 50 grad students, postdocs, and young faculty attended this CCTS Professional Skills Development Seminar, presented by editor extraordinaire Dr. Victor Darley-Usmar, vice chair for research, UAB Dept. for Pathology. More

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3rd Annual CEI Engages Community Stakeholders from Across the Region and Beyond 
The 3rd Annual Community Engagement Institute (CEI) drew participants from as far away as Nigeria, as well as New York City, Virginia, Tennessee, and Mississippi, to join Alabamians in exploring "The Journey to Justice: Expanding the Possibilities." More

Survey Results Highlight Top Informatics Needs 
More than 300 responded to the informatics needs assessment survey distributed by CCTS and the UAB Informatics Institute in Sept. Education and training, access to EHR data, assistance with high performance computing for data analysis, bioinformatics data, and clinical trial management topped the list. More

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Last Chance to Apply for 2017 CCTS Clinical and Translational Science Training Program! 
Graduate students, postdocs, and faculty interested in earning a FREE certificate in clinical and translational research should submit an application by 5pm on Mon. Oct. 24. More

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New CCTS Course Takes a Scientific Approach to the Business of Science 
Investigators at the CCTS Bioinnovation and Commercialization Pop-up Course learned the scientific method can be applied to business, including developing and testing a “start-up thesis” about their own discoveries. More

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CCTS Launches New Partner Web Pages 
From drug discovery and development to integrative genomics and clinical trial expertise, the CCTS network offers unique opportunities for innovative team science. Learn more about our partners as well as collaborations that extend across our region and beyond. More

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Oct. Forum Highlights Resources to Support Excellence in Fulfilling New Federally Funded Clinical Trial Policies 
CCTS and IRB experts prepared clinical trial teams across the partner network to "get out in front" of the wave of policy changes to ensure the "safety, integrity, and quality" of clinical trials. More

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NIH CSR Reports on Efforts to Achieve "Replicable, Generalizable Science" 
The NIH Center for Scientific Review (CSR) shares what it has learned about implementing rigor and transparency policies into the peer review process. More

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Conflict Management Expert Offers Team Science Tips at TIERS Meeting 
UAB Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Professional Development Dr. David A. Rogers explored conflict’s causes and solutions at the Sept. CCTS Training Interdisciplinary & Emerging Research Scholars (TIERS) meeting. More

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Federal Reforms Will Reshape Clinical Trials in 2017 
Several federal agencies with oversight of clinical trials have announced changes that will impact nearly every stage of the clinical trial lifespan. CCTS will offer an in-depth analysis of the reforms at its next Forum on Oct. 5. More

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CCTS Regional Community Engagement Consortium Meeting Sets the Stage for Progress 
More than 34 community, academic, and industry partners from across the CCTS network gathered last week to discuss initiatives that will strengthen efforts aimed at improving the health of the region’s most vulnerable populations. More

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CCTS Now Accepting Applications for 2017 Clinical and Translational Science Training Program 
Graduate students, postdocs, and faculty interested in becoming certified in clinical and translational research are encouraged to apply for this free six-month training. Classes meet for two hours every Wed. morning from January to June. More

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Oct. CCTS Forum to Focus on Changing Policy Landscape for Clinical Trials 
The NIH has announced several reforms to enhance clinical trial stewardship--requiring training in Good Clinical Practice is just the beginning! Learn the latest at our next CCTS Forum, on Wednesday, Oct. 5. More

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CCTS and Auburn University Present New Bioinnovation & Commercialization Course
What is the business case for your science? Featuring experts from across the CCTS Partner Network and GA Tech, this course will show you a whole new way to look at your research. More

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CCTS Updates Online Standard Operating Procedures Library 
The CCTS SOP Library offers nearly two dozen templates, easily tailored to fit your clinical operating, regulatory, and fiscal management needs. Help your research team perform at its best by establishing clear processes and procedures. More

Share Your Thoughts! CCTS Conducting Informatics Survey 
CCTS provides a wide variety of informatics resources to facilitate research. Which do you use? What other informatics tools, databases, and/or services are on your wishlist? Take a few minutes to let us know, we want to hear from you. More

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CCTS & Partners Dominate at UAB 2016 Core & Shared Resources Day  
With 10 posters out of a field of 74, CCTS ruled the aisles at the Hill Student Center Ballroom. Many thanks to our CCTS Partners who participated, including Auburn University, Tuskegee University, and University of Alabama.   More

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CCTS Launches 2017 Partner Network Pilot Program 
Do you investigate health at the community or population level and/or health challenges across the lifespan? Do you have ideas for a new medical device or innovative approach to reducing health disparities or improving clinical study recruitment? If so, consider applying for a CCTS pilot award! Submit a letter of intent by 5pm on Oct. 17, 2016.   More

Sept. Forum Offers Tips for Meeting NIH Reproducibility Requirements 
This month’s Forum featured panelists from across the CCTS partner network who have served on NIH study sections since the rollout of the rigor, reproducibility, and transparency (R2T) requirements. Participants left armed with ideas to improve their next grant score.   More

New E-Learning Course on Best Practices in Social and Behavioral Research Now Available
“Good Clinical Practice for Social and Behavioral Research,” a 9-module course focused on improving efficiency in clinical study implementation, is now available. Congrats to CCTS Clinical Research Support and Training Director Penny Jester, who helped author the course.   More

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University of Alabama Researchers Visit CCTS 
A contingent of researchers from one of our partners, the University of Alabama, recently paid a visit to the CCTS, to learn more about our services, initiatives, and potential collaboration opportunities.   More

CCTS Seminar on Tips for Writing R and K Grants Draws Overflow Crowd 
Presented by Dr. David B. Allison, UAB associate dean for science and director, Nutrition and Obesity Research Center, this Professional Skills Development Seminar packed the PCAMS library, with some watching from our overflow room.   More

CCTS Encourages Applications for NCATS Research Diversity Supplement 
Low representation of minority groups in research remains, despite demonstrated benefits of inclusion. This award provides funding to recruit and support students, postdocs, and investigators from nationally underrepresented groups.   More

September CCTS Forum to Feature NIH Study Section Reviewer Advice on Rigor Requirements 
Got an hour to improve your next grant score? Spend it with us from 5-6pm on Wednesday, Sept. 7, when NIH study section reviewers from four of our partner institutions will compare notes on enforcing the NIH rigor and reproducibility requirements.   More

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CCTS Represents in 3rd Annual Heart & Sole 5K
Several CCTS faculty and staff were among the 437 registered participants who helped raise over $21,000 for the student-run free Equal Access Birmingham clinic, which provides health and wellness education and health care to the city’s uninsured and underserved.   More

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CCTS CRU Announces New Clinic
“First Wednesdays at PCAMS” features consultation clinics with our biostatistics, biorepository, and bionutrition experts-as of Sept. 7th, we will also offer a Clinical Research Unit (CRU) clinic. Meet with research-trained nurses to discuss patient care needs for protocols More

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CEI 2016 Calls for Sessions, Posters
The 3rd Annual Community Engagement Institute (CEI), which will take place in Birmingham on October 14, is seeking proposals for workshop sessions and its poster competition. The theme is “The Journey to Justice: Expanding the Possibilities.”   More

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Join Us at Core Day 2016!
UAB’s Core and Shared Resources Day 2016 will take place Friday, Sept. 9, from 11am-1pm at Hill University Center. CCTS posters will showcase our many research resources, including expertise from our partners. Don’t miss it!   More

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Tulane Research Navigator Visits CCTS
CCTS enjoyed a recent visit with Dr. Ines Alamo, research navigator for clinical and translational investigation and scholarship at Tulane University, who stayed to attend our Open House, "a wonderful and insightful experience."  More

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CCTS Open House Draws Record Crowd
Nearly 150 people joined us at our first-ever Open House! Guests visited several information stations, where CCTS experts were on hand to answer questions and spark discussions.  More

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Mark Your Calendar for the 2016 Community Engagement Institute
The third annual Community Engagement Institute will take place on Friday, October 14th, at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex (BJCC) from 7:30am-3:30pm. More

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REGARDS and Disparity in Stroke Mortality: A Model Study
Young investigators interested in emulating success would do well to take note of a recent REGARDS study, which underscores the powerful insights that can result when one asks the right questions of the right big data set.  More

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2016 Community Health Innovation Awards Kick Off
The fifth annual CHIA grant cycle opens Monday, August 1! 501(c)(3) organizations in the greater Birmingham area are encouraged to register their “bold and creative” ideas for solving local health challenges and attend the required kick-off Innovation Workshop on Sept. 17th.  More

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Congratulations to Our Summer Enrichment Series Trainees!
Congratulations to our 10 MD and PharmD students from Auburn, Tulane, and UAB, who have completed 8 weeks of comparative effectiveness and patient-centered outcomes research training. Learn more about the CCTS Summer Enrichment Program!More

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New Clinical & Translational Journal Accepting Submissions
Submissions now open for this new international peer-reviewed journal, the result of a partnership among the Association of Clinical and Translational Science, American Physician Scientists Association, and the Clinical Research ForumMore

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You Are Invited! CCTS To Conduct Open House for its
August Forum
Breaking away from the usual format, our next Forum will serve up some summertime fun. Join us on Aug. 3rd from 4-6pm for networking, refreshments, give aways, and an opportunity to learn about the breadth of CCTS activities (and maybe catch a Pokémon!)More

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New NIH Podcast Explains How to Use An Assignment
Request Form
"Using the PHS Assignment Form" is a new podcast on the Center of Scientific Review's latest form, which enables requests for an application to be assigned to a particular study section and Institute/Center. More

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UAB Informatics Institute Director Explains Complexities in
Using EHR Data for Research
“Caveat emptor” warned Dr. James J. Cimino in his talk on how the lack of standards in EHR data complicate their use for translational research, before highlighting their promise for those who ask the right questions. More

2016 Colloquium Highlights Challenges, Opportunities of Drug Development
CCTS Director Dr. Robert P. Kimberly welcomed attendees to the 2016 Drug Discovery and Development Colloquium, coorganized by UAB and University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences graduate students. More

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In Case You Missed It: July Forum on Mentoring Covered All the Bases
Nearly 40 attendees learned what it takes to be both an effective mentee and mentor—and why mentoring matters, especially in academia. More

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CCTS Updates Its Rigor, Reproducibility, and Transparency Resources
Need guidance on how to meet the new NIH rigor and reproducibility requirements in your grant? CCTS is your one-stop shop: a dedicated web page, new videos, grant samples, and more. More

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Genomic Medicine Postdoctoral Training
Program Seeking Applicants
The UAB-HudsonAlpha Center for Genomic Medicine is accepting applications for its new training program, a two-year opportunity to research and validate new genomic approaches for clinical care. More

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Congratulations to Our 2016 Drug Discovery Research Awardees
Drs. Markus Bredel and Javier Campos-Gomez will each receive $50,000 per year for two years, plus the cost of high throughput screens, to fund research on new therapeutic targets. More

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New Center for Genomic Medicine (CGM)
eNewsletter ---    Need to Know Info
Keep up on the latest CGM news, events, and genomic discoveries with their quarterly enewsletter. More

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CCTS Conducts Mock NIH Study Section Review of K23
More than 60 attendees learned what it takes to develop a successful NIH mentored patient-oriented research career development award (K23) application at this annual event. More

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Congrats to Our 2016 CTSTP Trainees!
This week marked the end of our 8th Clinical and Translational Science Training Program (CTSTP). Over the past six months, the 30 trainees received over 50 hours of didactic instruction and numerous interactive experiences. More

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CCTS Welcomes Summer Research Program Trainees
Students from Auburn, Tulane, and UAB have joined us to spend the majority of their summer learning about comparative effectiveness and patient-centered outcomes research. The Summer Enrichment Program aims to develop translational investigations. More

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NIH Announces Single IRB Policy for Multisite Research
To help further accelerate clinical research, the NIH has issued a new policy intended to streamline the Institutional Review Board process for multisite studies. The new policy will go into effect May 25, 2017. More

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CCTS Launches New Online Journal Club
As part of its Training Interdisciplinary & Emerging Research Scholars (TIERS) program, the CCTS has launched a new online journal club. The first “meeting” will take place Wednesday, July 20, 5-6pm. More

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Wish You Had a Research Mentor?
Don't Miss the July CCTS Forum

Mentoring is not restricted to those in the business world. This Forum will explore how mentoring works in academic research, including how to find a mentor (or become one), align expectations, and maintain effective communication. Mentoring resources will also be addressed. More

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Mock NIH Study Section Will Review K23 Applications
What does an NIH review panel consider when critiquing a K23 application? What are the key elements of a successful K23 application? What hurts your chance of success? Find out on June 29th at the 4th annual mock NIH study section. Seats fill fast, register today. More

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Become a Translational Research Scholar! KL2 Application Deadline Extended to July 15
Are you interested in translating research evidence into practice? Would you enjoy evaluating the effects of interventions on patient outcomes? If so, you could be our next CCTS KL2 scholar. Apply today! More

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CCTS Internal Advisory Committee Meets to Discuss Opportunities for High-Impact Scientific Collaboration
Institutional leadership from across the partner network met this week to explore opportunities presented by the unique capacities and synergies for high-impact science that exist within the Center. More

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Former CCTS Panel Participant Wins Excellence in Research Award
Dr. Jayme E. Locke, MD, MPH, assistant professor of Surgery, is a junior faculty winner of a UAB School of Medicine 2016 Dean's Excellence in Research Award. Dr. Locke, "a rising star at UAB and at the national level," received a CCTS K23 Nascent Project Panel in 2013. Her application was subsequently funded.  More

June Forum Provides Tips on Meeting NIH Rigor and Transparency Requirements
Four study section reviewers shared what they have learned from NIH training on rigor and transparency to a standing room only group of investigators.  More

CCTS Adds Sample Authentication Appendices to its Grant Library
Investigators applying for an NIH grant must include a new form in which they authenticate key biological and/or chemical resources. The CCTS has added samples of these appendices to its Grant Library. The samples are currently pending study section review.  More

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CCTS Updates Voucher Program, Releases New Application
If you are an investigator in need of funding for a few healthy controls, a biostats consult, blood specimens, a RedCap database, or similar research support, check out our revamped Voucher Program.  More

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Professional Skills Seminar Explores How Social Media Can Help Research
Young investigators learned how LinkedIn and other social media tools can help them succeed in science.  More

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CCTS Announces 2016 Pilot Award Winners
Congratulations to our nine Multidisciplinary Pilot Program Award winners for 2016. Awardees represent five CCTS partner institutions: Auburn, Southern Research, Tulane, UAB, and USA.  More
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Mark Your Calendar for the 2016 Biomedical Summer Series
Cosponsored by the CCTS and the UAB Informatics Institute, this 9-week series starts June 14th. No prior knowledge of informatics necessary. All sessions will be available via GoToMeeting.  More 
June Drug Discovery and Development Colloquium 
Calls for Abstracts
Present your research at this upcoming UAB hosted colloquium-deadline for abstracts is May 30, 2016.  More

CCTS June Forum Rescheduled for May 25th, Will Present Tips for Meeting NIH Rigor and Transparency (R2T) Requirements
The June Forum, which will feature a panel discussion with select NIH study section reviewers, has been moved up a week to ensure attendees have time to implement R2T tips into NIH grant applications with a June deadline. More...
CCTS Unveils New Research Resource: The Grant Library 
Grant writing can mystify, vex, and humble even the most seasoned investigator. CCTS has teamed up with successfully funded investigators from across its partner network to develop a compendium of best practice grant writing samples.  More...
PCORI and NCATS Explore Potential Synergies
in Clinical Trial Innovation
A recent webinar presented by PCORI and NCATS explored how the two organizations might collaborate to streamline clinical trials and empower the U.S. research enterprise. More...
May Forum Highlights Bioinformatics Research
Strategies, Tools, and Vision 
UAB Informatics Institute Associate Director Dr. Jake Y. Chen and CCTS Bioinformatics Codirector Dr. Elliot Lefkowitz discussed the research opportunities and challenges posed by bioinformatics. More...
CCTS Seeking New KL2 Scholar
We are inviting full applications for a KL2 Scholar career development award in translational research. Applications due July 1, 2016.  More...
UAB Informatics Institute Occupies New Space 
ICYMI, the UAB Informatics Institute (II) now inhabits the first floor of the Tinsley Harrison Research Tower. UAB President Dr. Ray Watts, UAB School of Medicine Dean Dr. Selwyn M. Vickers, and CCTS Director Dr. Robert P. Kimberly joined II Director James J. Cimino at the Grand Opening.  More...
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UAB to Host Academic Drug Discovery Colloquium
On June 29-30, 2016, UAB will host an academic drug discovery colloquium at the new Hill University Center. Keynote speakers include experts from Emory, University of Virginia, and Weill Cornell Medical College, among others. An agenda and call for abstracts will be released soon-stay tuned!  More...

CCTS Triple Feature Wednesdays
On the first Wednesday of the month, CCTS now offers three clinics: (1) Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design (BERD); (2) Bionutrition; and (3) Biorepository. All take place at PCAMS from 11:30am-1pm.  More...

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May Forum to Explore Bioinformatics
What is bioinformatics? How does it advance genomic/precision medicine and support translational science? What bioinformatics resources do the CCTS and its partners offer? Learn this and more at the CCTS Forum on May 4th.   More...
Learning the Clinical Trial Ropes: A Pragmatic Approach
Designed for MDs, PhDs, DOs, and DMDs, this CCTS program orients investigators to the many responsibilities inherent in running a clinical trial with humans, from protocol to final study report. Register today!  More...
BERD Clinic Now Available Five Days a Week!
Due to popular demand, we now offer Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design (BERD) clinics every day of the week except Monday.  More...
CCTS Unveils New News Page
Our new news page features the latest stories from our weekly Digest, plus other ways to stay informed by CCTS, including links to our social media channels and events page.  
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Forum Concludes "We Are All Translational Researchers!"
Clinical researchers who missed our April Forum can now watch the video! Learn how to use informatics tools and techniques to take your research "to the next [translational] level."  More...
Broaden Your Career Options with the
Yearlong CCTS Clinical Research Fellowship
Are you a predoctoral student finishing your first year in a health professions program? If so, consider the CCTS Clinical Research Training (TL1) Fellowship, a yearlong mentored research experience that will help you stand out from the crowd.  More...
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NIH Simplifies Its Grant and Funding Website
After a yearlong data-driven process, NIH unveils a transformed grants site. The goal? To help aspiring and awarded grantees find the information they need and understand the information they find.  More...
Take a Mini-Sabbatical and Boost Your Research
The CCTS offers awards to support short-term immersion/experiential learning, aka "mini sabbaticals," for researchers seeking new knowledge, skills, and/or collaborations. Apply Today!
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Informatics Institute Opens Its New Space in Tinsley Harrison
On April 25, 2016, Dr. James J. Cimino, inaugural director of the UAB Informatics Institute (II), will preside over the grand opening of his Institute’s new space, located on the first floor of the Tinsley Harrison Research Tower.  More...
Working on a Grant Application for June? Sharpen Your Science, and R2T, too!
January 25, 2016, may not ring a bell, but it was the day NIH implemented its new requirements for rigor, reproducibility, and transparency in grant applications. Are you ready for R2T?   More
CCTS Offers New Clinic on Bionutrition
If your grant, protocol, or intervention requires nutrition data, dietary education, meal planning, or body composition analysis, we have a new clinic you for you! Meet with CCTS Bionutrition experts on the first Wednesday of every month 11am-1pm, starting May 4th. More
LSU Preceptor Presents Abstract Writing Session to CTS Trainees via Videoconference
Clinical and Translational Science (CTS) Training Program students learned abstract writing from one of LSUHSC's finest - Dr. Paula Gregory, director, Office of Faculty Development.  More
Start Brainstorming Now: UAB-Hudson Alpha to Announce New RFA at 2nd Annual Genomic Medicine Symposium
Register by May 4th - be among the first to hear about a new round of pilot funding seeking to transform patient care and treatment via innovative genomic research. More
CCTS Attends Translational Science 2016
CCTS members were in Washington, DC, last week to attend the Translational Science 2016 conference, hosted by the Association for Clinical and Translational Science (ACTS), American Federation for Medical Research, and the Clinical Research Forum.  More
CCTS Helping Identify Ways to Support Publication of Federally Funded Research
CCTS has joined the UAB Research Data Management Working Group to brainstorm ways to help researchers comply with funder and publisher data management requirements.  More...

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