July 2017
ScienceDaily
Lara Ianov The Civitan International Research Center (CIRC) at UAB welcomes Bioinformatics Specialist Dr. Lara Ianov to our Neurodevelopmental Bioinformatics Initiative. Lara   obtained a Ph.D. in Genetics and Genomics from the University of Florida in 2017, working with Dr. Thomas Foster. Lara has considerable formal training in genetics, neuroscience, DNA sequencing approaches, and bioinformatics analyses. As part of the CIRC, Lara will provide assistance to researchers in the UAB neuroscience community in design, execution, and analysis of high-throughput, whole-genome sequencing approaches.

The mission of the CIRC is to improve the well-being and quality of life for individuals and families affected by neurodevelopmental disabilities; to provide interdisciplinary clinical and research training in neurodevelopmental disabilities; to utilize this knowledge to develop and provide high quality exemplary services and programs; and to exchange information in a timely way with consumers, practitioners, scientists, and society. As part of these efforts, the CIRC established the Neurodevelopmental Bioinformatics Initiative (NBI) in 2016. The mission of the NBI is to improve utilization of whole-genome sequencing technologies to enhance our understanding of typical and atypical brain development, autism spectrum disorders, intellectual disabilities (e.g. Down, Fragile X, Rett syndromes), developmental disabilities, impaired cognitive development, and the effects of environmental toxins on the development of the human brain. Lara will be an integral part of achieving this mission. Welcome Lara!
 
 
The Civitan International Research Center
Trainee Travel Enhancement Awards
Program Announcement
July 2017
 
The Civitan International Research Center is announcing the availability of trainee travel awards to facilitate presentations at meetings, conferences or symposia related to research and/or clinical activities addressing neurodevelopmental disabilities. Individual awards of up to $1,000 will apply toward conference registration fees, airfare, hotel, and meals according to UAB travel policy. Multiple applications per lab or mentor will be reviewed, but no more than 2 travel awards will be granted to any single lab or mentor.

Application deadline is September 1, 2017

Applications should include the following in a single PDF file:
  • description of the travel opportunity and relationship to the trainee program of study
  • one-page CV from the trainee
  • letter of endorsement from the mentor clearly stating how the student will benefit from participation and also that no other support is available for this travel
  • travel budget details
  • copy of abstract and letter/email of acceptance (if already accepted for presentation)

The mission of the Civitan International Research Center is to improve the well-being and the quality of life of individuals and families affected by neurodevelopmental disabilities; to provide interdisciplinary clinical and research training in neurodevelopmental disabilities; to utilize this knowledge to develop and provide high quality exemplary services and programs; and to exchange information in a timely way with consumers, practitioners, scientists, and society.

GUIDELINES
Email submission to Vicki Hixon: vhixon@uab.edu
In the subject line enter: Travel Application “Last Name”