Currently Funded Projects


Marie A. Bakitas, DNSc, NP-C, FAAN

Professor, Marie O’Koren Endowed Chair

Reducing Disparities in Rural Advanced Cancer Patients (PI)
American Cancer Society

National Palliative Care Research Center

Comfort Enah, PhD RN

Assistant Professor

Development of an HIV Prevention Game for African American Rural Adolescents (PI)
National Institute for Nursing Research (NINR)

C. Ann Gakumo, PhD, RN

Assistant Professor

Improved HIV disease management through health literacy
UAB K-Scholar - PCOR K12

Karen Heaton, PhD. CEN, FNP-BC

Assistant Professor

Effects and Feasibility of a Computer-Based Intervention on Truck Drivers' Sleep
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

Rita Jablonski, PhD, CRNP

Associate Professor

Reducing Care-Resistant Behaviors in Persons with Dementia
National Institute for Nursing Research (NINR)

Mirjam Kempf, PhD

Associate Professor

Telemedicine to Improve Depression and Adherence in HIV + Women in the Rural South
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

Karen Meneses, PhD, RN, FAAN

Professor, Associate Dean for Research

The Young Breast Cancer Survivorship Network (YBCSN) 
Women’s Breast Health Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham

Rural Breast Cancer Survivor Intervention (RBCS)
National Cancer Institute (NCI)

David Vance, PhD, MGS

Associate Professor

The Effects of Visual Speed of Processing Training on Driving Simulator Performance in Adults with HIV
UAB Center for AIDS Research (CFAR)


The Office of Research & Scholarship

phone: (205) 934-0614
fax:      (205) 975-6194

Mailing Address
UAB School of Nursing
1720 2nd Avenue South, NB 1013
Birmingham, Alabama 35294-1210

Physical Location
UAB School of Nursing
1701 University Boulevard, ORS first floor
Birmingham, Alabama 35294

For more information contact:


Lauren Antia, BS
CNR Program Manager II
(205) 934-2145

Heather de la Piedra, BS
Personnel Generalist
(205) 975-3526

Angel Bailey
Program Administrator II
(205) 934-0614

 Frank Wiser, MPA
Instructor & Director of SON Grants & Contracts Administration      
(205) 934-3812

David Vance, PhD, MGS
Associate Professor & ORS Associate Director         
(205) 934-7589

Jennifer Frank, PhD
Instructor & Grants Development Specialist
(205) 975-9423

Andres Azuero, PhD
Associate Professor & ORS Statistician       
(205) 996-9441

Dheeraj Raju, PhD
Assistant Professor & ORS Statistician    
(205) 975-5336

Karen Meneses, PhD, RN, FAAN
Professor & Associate Dean for Research  
(205) 996-7038

Mirjam Kempf, PhD
Associate Professor & ORS Assistant Director     
(205) 934-9333




Wednesday Weekly Update

UAB Oncology Grand Rounds - May 20 at 7:30 am More-info

“Encouraging Physical Activity Adherence after Breast Cancer Diagnosis” presented by Laura Rogers, M.D. Professor, Department of Nutrition Sciences, University of Alabama at Birmingham Tuesday, May 20, 2014 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. UAB North Pavilion Boardroom (NP2532) Sponsored for CME Credit by UAB Division of CME ,*1CME is equivocal to 1CEU for Nurses.

An Act of Service - The Schwartz Rounds, May 23 at noon More-info

The Schwartz Rounds at UAB Hospital will explore extraordinary events that occurred for a Veteran as the result of compassion shown by staff and the community.  This story occurred in SICU at UAB Hospital.The community involvement collaborating with clinical and support services was significant. Through the efforts of many to support our UAB Core Values, the needs of the patient and their family were met. If you can attend this Schwartz Round, please do come. 11:30 - 12:00 Sign-in & Lunch (provided for first 200) May 23, 2014 in the Margaret Cameron Spain Auditorium.Continuing education credit provided for physicians, nurses and social workers. 

Call for Abstracts! UAB Annual Nursing Research Day- Abstracts Due by June 4! More-info

The UAB Center for Nursing Excellence, Evidence Based Nursing Practice and Research Council, and the UAB School of Nursings invites you to submit an abstract on topics related to evidence based practice, quality improvement, or research in nursing. Abstracts are due by June 4, 2014.  The conference is scheduled to take place on September 12.  For more information contact Christy McDougal at

Nursing Research & Practice- Special Issue and Call for Papers More-info

Nursing Research and Practice is a peer-reviewed, open access journal that publishes original research articles, review articles, and clinical studies in all areas of nursing. Nursing Research and Practice currently has an acceptance rate of 41%. The average time between submission and final decision is 66 days and the average time between acceptance and final publication is 42 days.

Save the Date for the 2014 Jean Kelley Lecture - June 13 @ 9:00 a.m. - RSVP Here!

Terry Fulmer PhD, RN, FAAN,Dean, Bouve College of Health Sciences at Northeastern University is this year's Jean Kelley Lecturer . To learn more about the Jean A. Kelley Endowed Lecture, click here.



Funding Announcements & Opportunities

National Institute of Nursing Research 

Due dates vary

Healthy Habits: Timing for Developing Sustainable Healthy Behaviors in Children and Adolescents (R01) (PA-14-177)

Healthy Habits: Timing for Developing Sustainable Healthy Behaviors in Children and Adolescents (R21)  (PA-14-176)


Application Deadline July 1, 2014

Oncology Nursing Society Foundation More-info

The one-year award is for $20,000. Purpose: To support short-term oncology research training and mentorship. Specific activities that are supported by this funding are listed in the application.


The American Nurses Foundation (ANF)More-info

The ANF is accepting applications for its 2014 Nursing Research Grant (NRG) Program. The program will provide up to $225,000 in research awards to beginner and experienced nurse researchers.


The Commonwealth Fund  More-info

The Fund supports independent research on health and social issues and makes grants to improve health care practice and policy. The CF is dedicated to helping people become more informed about their health care and improving care for vulnerable populations such as children, the elderly, low-income families, minorities, and the uninsured.


The Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation More-info

The foundation is dedicated to improving the health of the public by advancing the education and training of health professionals. Our grantmaking is focused primarily in five priority areas.  A number of grant opportunities are available.


 American Cancer Society  More-info

With a primary focus on beginning investigators, the American Cancer Society's Extramural Grants Program seeks to support and promote high impact and innovative cancer research across a wide range of disciplines to meet critically important needs in the control of cancer.

Susan G. Komen Grant Funding Opportunities More-info

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The Mayday Foundation More-info

Provides grants to projects to alleviate the incidence, degree, and consequence of human physical pain. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.


Due Dates Vary

American Heart Association 

Funding Opportunities - The American Heart/Stroke Association is committed to identifying and supporting specific science areas deemed vital to achieving our mission and strategic objectives.  For more information visit their website.



Jen's Picks

Jen's Picks, the week of May 11

W81XWH-14-PCRP-IDA – DOD Prostate Cancer Idea Development Award

OBJECTIVES: Consistent with the program’s mission to eliminate death from prostate cancer and enhance the well-being of men experiencing the impact of the disease, including those from disproportionately affected populations, each PCRP funding opportunity either requires or encourages applications to address one of the following four PCRP overarching challenges: develop better tools for early detection of clinically relevant disease; distinguish aggressive from indolent disease in men newly diagnosed with prostate cancer; develop effective treatments and address mechanisms of resistance for men with high-risk or metastatic prostate cancer; develop strategies to optimize the physical and mental health of men with prostate cancer. All applications for the FY14 PCRP funding opportunities are also expected to address at least one of the following PCRP focus areas: --Biomarker Development: Validation and qualification of biomarkers for early detection of clinically relevant disease or for prognosis or prediction and assessment of response to therapies. --Genetics: Understanding host or tumor genetics and epigenetics responsible for susceptibility, disease progression, and treatment outcomes for clinically relevant prostate cancer. --Imaging: Development of new anatomic, functional, and molecular imaging approaches for the detection and management of clinically relevant prostate cancer. --Mechanisms of Resistance: Understanding primary and acquired resistance to therapy. --Survivorship and Palliative Care: Improving the quality of life and well-being of prostate cancer patients and their families. --Therapy: Identification of new targets, pathways, and therapeutic modalities. --Tumor and Microenvironment Biology: Understanding the intrinsic and extrinsic mechanisms contributing to tumor development and the progression of prostate cancer. Preapplication Submission deadline is June 12, 2014.

NINR RFA-NR-15-001 - Chronic Wounds: Advancing the Science from Prevention to Healing (R01)

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) seeks to stimulate research that will increase the understanding of biological and psychosocial factors associated with development, progression, and repair of chronic wounds (e.g., diabetic ulcers, pressure ulcers, venous and arterial ulcers) and associated adverse outcomes, and to develop and test interventions aimed at preventing the onset of chronic wounds, expediting the healing process, or alleviating wound-related symptoms. It is anticipated that the findings from this research will expand the body of knowledge needed to identify individuals at the highest risk for developing chronic wounds and to inform the search for tailored treatments to improve outcomes and quality of life for millions of persons at risk for or suffering from chronic wounds. Application Due Date is July 24, 2014.

RFA-MD-14-004 - NIMHD Social, Behavioral, Health Services, and Policy Research on Minority Health and Health Disparities (R01)

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to solicit innovative social, behavioral, health services, and policy research that can directly and demonstrably contribute to the elimination of health disparities. Projects may involve primary data collection or secondary analysis of existing datasets. Projects that examine understudied health conditions; examine the effectiveness of interventions, services, or policies for multiple health disparity populations; and/or directly measure the impact of project activities on levels of health disparities are particularly encouraged. Letter of Intent due July 28, 2014.

RFA-MD-14-005 - NIMHD Basic and Applied Biomedical Research on Minority Health and Health Disparities (R01)

The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to solicit innovative basic and applied research on fundamental biological mechanisms involved in disease conditions that disproportionately affect health disparity populations and therapies or interventions that can directly or demonstrably contribute to reducing or eliminating health disparities. Projects investigating disease/condition etiology, physiology, genetic risk factors, molecular pathways, gene-environment interactions, pharmacogenomics and personalized medicine in health disparity populations are particularly encouraged. Letter of Intent due July 28, 2014.

SON & UAB Talks

 National VA Research Week - May 19 at noon

“Exercise is Regenerative Medicine” presented by Marcas M. Bamman, PhD Professor, Dept. of Cell, Developmental and Integrative Medicine Director, UAB Center for Exercise Medicine, Investigator, Geriatric Research,  Education and Clinical Center, Birmingham VA Medical Center.  9th Floor BVAMC Auditorium, Monday, May 19, 2014 – 12 noon – 1:00 pm. A luncheon will be provided during the Opening Celebration. For more information, please call 975-9042, email, or visit


The UAB CCTS offers a wide variety of programs and opprotunities for research & scholarship.  More-info

Excellent-at-anythingThe RTSS committee invites you to  attend one or all of the 2014 Journal a.k.a. Book club meetings to discuss and debate the book - "Be Excellent at Anything"

Every other month - at NOON - bring your lunch and join in on the discussion.  More-info

May 21 - Part II. Sustainability/Physical - CNR room 1020

July 17 - Part III. Security/Emotional
TBA - Part IV. Self Expression/Mental and Part V. Significance/Spiritual

The CNR - Scholarship Works in Progress for Everyone!

Plan now to attend 2014 sWIP4e –May 20, June 18, July 17( 2-3 in CNR 1020C). .  If you are interested in attending, please contact Lauren Antia at



Professional Development Opportunities & Conferences

Asthma Educator Institute - June 5-6 More-info

Asthma Educator Institute (AEI) course in Birmingham, AL on June 5 – 6, 2014, at the American Cancer Society Office.  This is a FREE two-day program designed for licensed healthcare professionals responsible for providing asthma education to people living with asthma.  This program has been approved for 12 contact hours of Continuing Respiratory Care Education (CRCE) Credit by the American Association for Respiratory Care and 12 contact hours by the Alabama State Nurses Association.  Please be mindful that space is limited.  On-site registration will not be available.


Alabama Public Health Training Network

Register for the upcoming satellite conference and live webcast, Best Babies Zone: A Place-Based Approach to Transforming Communities and Improving Birth Outcomes Across the Life Course. This program will be broadcast on Wednesday, June 25, 2014; 12:00-1:30 p.m. (Central Time). To see the conference flyer for this program click here. To register for this program click here. To view all upcoming programs, visit their website:

A Unique Leadership Opportunity for Experienced Nurse Faculty More-info
The Experienced Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy (ENFLA) is the first of five programs from the Sigma Theta Tau International/Chamberlain College of Nursing Center for Excellence in Nursing Education. This specialized leadership academy is designed for experienced faculty with seven or more years in a faculty role.


International Nursing Administration Research Conference (INARC) 2014 Call for Abstracts; Deadline June 15th  More-info

Pioneering through Chaos:Leadership for a Changing World November 12-15, 2014. Navigating the changing landscape in healthcare delivery is inextricably interwoven with leadership competencies at all levels and across all systems. The 2014 INARC Conference will provide nurse educators, executives, administrators, clinical leaders and researchers with new knowledge and skills to navigate through the chaos of today’s healthcare systems in areas such as predictive analyses, business intelligence, service on boards, working across care transitions, and a new mindset to support evolving role expectations in nursing. Sponsors for the 2014 INARC conference are CGEAN, Texas Health Resources, Texas Organization of Nurse Executives and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.


SAVE THE DATE!  Mark your calendar now for the UAB Cancer Center’s Annual Research Retreat – Monday, October 6, 2014- at the Sheraton Hotel Ballroom in downtown Birmingham.


The International Council of Nurses Call for Abstracts- Due by October 7, 2014 More-info

The ICN Conference to be held in Seoul, Republic of Korea, June 19-23, 2015. With the theme "Global Citizen, Global Nursing," the ICN 2015 Conference will provide a global platform for the dissemination of nursing knowledge and leadership across specialities, cultures and countries.  Topics areas include; research and expertise on how to provide quality care, improve populations' equity and access to health care or contribute to further advance nursing knowledge and practice. Please do not hesitate to contact Marie Barry at if you have any questions.


Nursing Research & Practice- Special Issue and Call for Papers More-info

Nursing Research and Practice is a peer-reviewed, open access journal that publishes original research articles, review articles, and clinical studies in all areas of nursing. Nursing Research and Practice currently has an acceptance rate of 41%. The average time between submission and final decision is 66 days and the average time between acceptance and final publication is 42 days.


Save the Date! UAB Health System Cancer Community Network Second Annual Oncology Nursing Conference

UAB Health System Cancer Community Network Second Annual Oncology Nursing Conference - Friday June 20, Birmimgham Marriot, HWY 280.  For more information contact Contact Jamika Kirk at (205) 975-3012 or at


TIDIRHTraining Institute for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health, July 21-25, 2014  More-info

Harvard University, with support from the National Institutes of Health (National Cancer Institute, National Institute of Mental Health, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, Office of Disease Prevention, and the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, is sponsoring this 5-day training institute to provide participants with a thorough grounding in conducting dissemination and implementation research in health.


The Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science - National State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research, September 18-20, 2014

Call for abstracts! Papers, posters, and symposia will be selected that best exemplify the state of nursing science in the particular area. Only abstracts derived from completed research will be accepted. Abstracts should clearly specify how the work contributes to the current state of nursing science. Areas of special interest reflect the conference theme: Optimizing Health by Addressing Complexity. Authors may submit multiple abstracts. The abstract submission can be accessed at: may edit your abstract through Monday, March 31, 2014.


NICU University -  A News and Education resource for the neonatology community  More-info


GQNew Journal!  Global Qualitative Nursing Research More-info

Global Qualitative Nursing Research (GQNR) is a groundbreaking, new, international, peer-reviewed journal focusing on qualitative research in the field of nursing. The journal specializes in topics important to nurses: nursing, care, health, and illness.


ACUAssociation of Clinicians for the Underserved 2014 Annual Conference and Health IT Forum- June 25-27 More-info 

The 2014 meeting will bring clinical leaders and top government officials together in Washington DC to focus on improving access to care for millions of people living in underserved areas of our country. 


The QSEN National Forum More-info

This is a good conference to present curricular innovations, quality and safety projects, and evidence based practice projects. The conference will be held May 27-29, 2014 in Baltimore, MD. The Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) National Forum is designed to attract innovators and nurture nursing leaders in both academia and practice for the improvement of quality and safety education


AcademyHealth 2014 Meeting  More-info

AcademyHealth is seeking abstracts on 18 themes across multiple areas of study in health services research, as well as proposals for panels that present research or discuss key health policy topics. AcademyHeath Annual Research Meeting in San Diego, June 8-10. 


Call for Papers: Biology Reviews for Nursing Research 

Nursing Research invites integrative reviews of current advances in basic biological sciences and translational research relevant to emerging areas of nursing science. Areas of interest include but are not limited to topics in: genetics, genomics, and epigenetics; systems biology/integrative physiology; neuroscience and imaging; computational biology; microbiology and the human microbiome; nanoscience; physiology in situ and mobile health devices.Queries should be sent to Dr. Susan Henly, Editor (


The QPR Institute

Provides Online Advanced Suicide Prevention Courses for a wide range of professionals including mental health professionals, school counselors, crisis line workers, substance abuse professionals, EMS/firefighters, law enforcement, primary care providers, nurses and correctional workers. For more information please visit their full library of advanced courses!


Ongoing Sessions

Global Opps

Rotary Scholars - Global Grants More-info

Global grants can fund scholarships for graduate students planning careers in fields that support Rotary’s efforts to promote peace, fight disease, provide clean water, save mothers and children, support education, and grow local economies. Students study abroad in degree programs ranging from one to four years.

 Consortium of Universities for Global Health - Call for Abstracts  More-info

The Fifth Annual CUGH conference  Universities 2.0: Advancing the Global Health Agenda in the Post-MDG Era May 10-12, 2014 The Washington Hilton, Washington DC.  Abstracts for original research, innovative projects or novel programs related to global health to submit abstracts to be considered for presentation, Due December 15, 2013. 

 Funding news for global health researchers and partners from Fogarty at NIH

The Fulbright Program  More-info

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.


Research & Scholarship News, and Resources

Writing-for-PublicationWiley-Blackwell Publishers More-info

Writing for Publication is a booklet that aims to give useful information and helpful suggestions to nurses  who are thinking of writing and publishing an article to help demystify the process.  Read up on tips to write a review article, a clinical article, an empirical research article and more!


The NINR is seeking input from the scientific community, professional organizations and the public through its Innovative Questions (IQ) Initiative. IQ is the next step in the implementation of NINR’s Strategic Plan and is meant to encourage new thinking and creativity in nursing science, promote results-oriented research and guide the science over the next 5 to 10 years.

NIHTen Steps to a Winning R01 Application More-info

For an R01 application to succeed, it must meld a highly significant and innovative topic with iron-clad feasibility. NIH calls that combination "impact", which is reflected in an application's peer review results: its overall impact score.

The NIH Office of Extramural Research Blog More-info

Dr. Sally Rockey posts frequently on issues related to research and NIH funding. Dr. Rockey is the Deputy Director for Extramural Research.

Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics    More-info

The NIB is a unique journal that provides a forum for exploring current issues in bioethics through personal stories, qualitative and mixed-methods research articles, and case studies. NIBis dedicated to fostering a deeper understanding of bioethical issues by publishing rich descriptions of complex human experiences written in the words of the person experiencing them.

Policy, Politics, & Nursing Practice  More-info

PPNP invites you to submit your manuscript on a broad variety of topics and issues. PPNP explores the multiple relationships between nursing and health policy. Policy, Politics, & Nursing Practice features a range of articles on policy, politics, and nursing, including research on health services and health policy; analysis and commentary on developments in health policy of concern to nurses in a broad variety of roles and specialties; and discussion and debate on issues facing the nursing profession.  Articles reflect a variety of methods, including quantitative research, case studies, research reviews, evaluation, historical analysis, and commentary.

JaneAsk Jane! The Journal/Author Name Estimator More-info

Have you recently written a paper, but you're not sure to which journal you should submit it? Or maybe you want to find relevant articles to cite in your paper? Or are you an editor, and do you need to find reviewers for a particular paper? Jane can help!

The Office of the IRB

The IRB has posted an updated sample consent form and sample assent form on its web site. The forms are available at  Who should complete UAB IRB training? Are you current on your IRB training? For the answer to these and other IRB questions - Visit the UAB IRB Website to find out!lart