Resources Fall 2016

Writing Resources

The faculty series: Applying for grants - Recent article from Nature's online blog

For many new investigators, applying for and winning grants is one of the biggest hurdles that will determine success on the tenure track. As federal grant budgets tighten, all investigators — and especially new investigators — are struggling to find ways to finance their research. Check out this blog entry to read the whole article.
The Naturejobs blog aims to be the leading online resource for scientists in academia and industry who seek guidance in developing their careers. The blog delivers a mix of expert advice and personal stories to help readers review, set and achieve their career goals.

"Advances in Mixed Methods Research”- Video available

Mixed methods expert, John W. Creswell, Phd presented a talk titled "Advances in Mixed Methods Research" on September 26, here at UAB. If you would like to view the video from that talk - click here.

Compliance 411 - a quarterly newsletter published by the UAB Compliance Office

Key topics of this month's newsletter are responsible conduct of research and research integrity; new Recertification of Effort Form and process; a profile of Research Integrity Officer Pam Bounelis, PhD; defining fabrication, falsification and plagiarism; new research data management requirements; and the new chemical inventory system. Click here to visit their website.

ASCO Post Newsreels - featuring J. Nicholas Dionne-Odom, PhD, RN

At the 2016 Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium UAB SON Post-Doc, Nick Dionne-Odom, PhD, RN discussed the “hidden” health-care workforce of family caregivers and what clinicians can do to help ease the burden on families through the work he has done with the ENABLE model.

Addressing the Opiod Crisis Webinars - Free online CEs

To combat the nation's opioid epidemic, 25 national nursing organizations have joined forces to offer a free online educational series that will serve as a resource for practicing nurses, faculty, and students. Click here for more information.


The CCTS Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Research Design group provides investigator support in biostatistics. They are available to collaborate with any investigators needing assistance, including faculty members, post-docs, fellows, residents and students. From Drop-in Clinics to talks to one-on-one consultations there is a wealth of support available.  Check out some of their recorded videos of a methodology seminar on "The Fundamentals of Data Management," given by Dr. David Redden, Chair, Department of Biostatistics.

Grant Forward, Find the Opportunity among the Possibilities!

Sign up for a free trial of a resource to help you seek out funding opportunities, researcher profiles, and more

NCI Implementation Science

The website is a wealth of information from tools, to training, to funding, to publications.  Research on implementation science addresses the level to which health interventions can fit within real-world public health and clinical service systems. NCI-funded dissemination and implementation (D&I) research is conducted through research institutions in the United States and internationally with funding through Trans-NIH opportunities with other National Institutes of Health Institutes and Centers and other Programs in the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS).

New Biographical Sketch Format Required for NIH and AHRQ Grant Applications

The revised forms and instructions are now available on the SF 424 (R&R) Forms and Applications page. The new format extends the page limit from four to five pages, and allows researchers to describe up to five of their most significant contributions to science, along with the historical background that framed their research. Tool to Help Build the New Biosketch - The Science Experts Network (SciENcv), which serves as an interagency system designed to create biosketches for multiple federal agencies, will be updated and available within a few weeks to support the new biosketch format. SciENcv pulls information from available resources making it easy to develop a repository of information that can be readily updated and modified to prepare future biosketches. A YouTube video provides instructions for using SciENcv.

Medical Publishing Triage – Chronicling Predatory Open Access Publishers

This editorial examines the problem of predatory publishers and how they have negatively affected scholarly communication. Society relies on high-quality, peer-reviewed articles for public policy, legal cases, and improving the public health. Researchers need to be aware of how predatory publishers operate and need to avoid falling into their traps. The editorial examines the recent history of predatory publishers and how they have become prominent in the world of scholarly journals

StarKhan Academy, AACN, Jonas Center Launch Online Learning Materials for Future Nurses, Health Professionals

Online video tutorials, exercises designed to help new nurses prepare for licensing exam and serve as a free resource for the global classroom.

PROMIS, Dynamic tools to measure health outcomes from the patient perspective

Sometimes when researcher are looking for survey instruments, it’s hard to find ‘good’ instruments in terms of validity and reliability. One option, however, is to use instruments developed under the NIH’s PROMIS (Patient Reported Outcomes Measurement Information Systems) initiative. These instruments were developed following rigorous methodology and have been evaluated in relatively large samples.  There are measures for adult and pediatric settings. For adults, the domains covered by these measures include: physical function, pain, fatigue, sleep disturbance, sexual function, gastro-intestinal symptoms, depression, anxiety, anger, cognitive function, alcohol use, psychosocial illness impact, self-efficacy, smoking, ability to participate in social roles and activities, social support, social isolation, and companionship, among others. There are scoring instructions and scoring software, and references for the methodology and instrument development.

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