Research News Digest Thursday, March 16, 2017

Research Administration News Research News Digest Thursday, March 16, 2017

Research News Digest Thursday, March 16, 2017

This notification serves as a reminder of the recently updated NIH submission policies. If you are submitting a grant application this week, take note of guide notice NOT-OD-17-041 – Impact of Washington, DC Area Federal Office Operating Status on NIH Grant Application Due Dates. In response to inclement weather, grant application due dates will now move to the next open business day when the OPM operating status for Federal offices in the Washington, DC area is:
  • Federal offices are closed – Emergency and telework-ready employees must follow their agency’s policies
  • Open - Early departure
  • Immediate departure – Federal offices are closed
  • Shelter-in-place
Although many NIH personnel choose to telework in lieu of taking leave when NIH is "closed" for inclement weather, the level of service may be affected and, as such, due dates were moved. During these closures, email is recommended for communicating with NIH personnel. If contacting the eRA Service Desk, take advantage of Web Ticketing. Please review the policy for handling closures of your own institutions due to weather or other disasters. This policy remains in place and unchanged.
In December 2016, the UAB Office of the IRB announced new Good Clinical Practice (GCP) training requirements for key personnel involved in clinical trials.  The full text of that announcement can be found here.    All key personnel listed on a clinical trial must complete the GCP training course.  The training should be completed by March 24, 2017.   Detailed instructions for registering for the GCP course may be found on the OIRB website.      If you have any questions, please contact the IRB at
In conjunction with the implementation of the revised Effort Reporting Policy and Procedures effective October 1, 2016, a new effort reporting training module is now available in the UAB Learning System (LMS) system.  Only two weeks remain to timely complete this important training.
Zebrafish husbandry education courses sponsored by the Zebrafish Husbandry Association (ZHA) are now available at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). These are available in two formats: an Online Course and a Hands-On Short Course. By teaching these state of the art husbandry techniques, the team will encourage standardization of husbandry methods and, subsequently, research results.
Online Course:  This is a 15 week course containing 30 online sessions. The course is available on any computer or mobile device with an internet connection.  This course offers 6 hours of continuing education credit.  Cost is $400 per person. The next online course begins June 5, 2017.  The link for registration is here.  
Short Course:  The next short course will be taught May 23 to 25, 2017 at UAB. Cost is $1500 per person and includes local transportation, room, and board. The link for registration is: here.
For information, please contact Dr. Hugh Hammer ( or Dr. Susan Farmer ( 
Speaker:  Stephen Dalton, Ph.D.
Department of Biochemistry
Molecular Biology & Center for Molecular Medicine
Paul D. Coverdell Center for Biomedical and Health Sciences
University of Georgia Athens, GA
Sponsored for CME credit by UAB Division of CME
When:  Friday, March 24, 2017
Time: 12-1:00 PM
Where:  Finley Conference Center
The Foundation for Mitochondrial Medicine (FMM) is proud to join forces with the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation (UMDF) to bring this exciting educational opportunity to the Southeast Region.  Both organizations are dedicated to providing quality education about mitochondrial disease to medical and patient communities and supporting research advancements to find better treatments and cures for mitochondrial disease.  The symposium program will focus on mitochondrial disease and mitochondrial dysfunction, which is at the root of diseases and conditions that affect the young and old in ways that can range from subtle to devastating, and is even responsible for the aging process itself.  The program will offer a full day CME activity on Friday and a half day of sessions for patients/families on the following Saturday. Both groups will come together for a Friday night reception to encourage networking and exchange of information.  A feature component of the 2017 Southeast Regional program will include a glance at cutting-edge research developments in bioenergetics, coming out of the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Mitochondrial Medicine Laboratory, in conjunction with Seahorse Bioscience/Aglient Technologies.  Additionally, a keynote address from The Energy Project will provide a broader energy perspective to enlighten, educate, inspire and unlock new ideas and solutions to human energy problems facing us all.
Clinical/Research/Medical Sessions (CME)
Grand Bohemian Hotel, Birmingham, AL
Friday, April 7, 2017 8am-5pm
Keynote Address:  Human Energy and Performance:  Transforming the Way We Work and Live from The Energy Project (
Friday, April 7, 2017 7:30 pm
Patient/Family Sessions (non CME)
Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Birmingham, AL
Saturday, April 8, 2017  
When:  Friday, April 7, 2017 - Saturday, April 8, 2017
Time:  8:00 AM - 9 PM
Where:  Grand Bohemian Hotel/Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Birmingham, AL
Presented By:  Dr. Martin R. Pollak MD
Chief, Division of Nephrology
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Professor of Medicine Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA
Member of the National Academy of Sciences, USA  
Please register for lunch.  
We gratefully acknowledge the generous educational gift from Dr. Jerry Jackson, UAB alumnus.  
When:  Monday, April 10, 2017
Time:  12-1:00 PM
Where:  Spain Auditorium
Reserve your seat today!
Presented by:
The University of Alabama at Birmingham and
Hudson/Alpha Institute for Biotechnology
When:  Monday May 8th, 2017
Time:  10:00 am -6:00 pm
Where:  Jackson Center, Huntsville, AL

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