Research News Digest for Monday, November 13, 2017

Research Administration News Research News Digest for Monday, November 13, 2017

Research News Digest for Monday, November 13, 2017


AGENCY NOTIFICATIONS

The NIH encourages authors to publish papers arising from NIH-funded research in reputable journals.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

The i2b2 $1000 Abstract Contest

Do you have a great clinical research question and just need some data to answer it?  UAB’s i2b2 self-service data repository (https://www.uab.edu/ccts/research-commons/informatics/i2b2 or search for “uab i2b2”) may be just the resource you need.  Once you have found your data and answered your question, share the news with us – you could win $1000 by submitting a one-page abstract describing your findings to the UAB Informatics Institute/CCTS i2b2 Contest.  Submissions are due Friday, November 17th.  Contest details are available at:  http://www.uab.edu/medicine/informatics/faculty-now/i2b2-abstract-contest

EVENTS

UAB Researchers interested in aging research are invited to the Comprehensive Center for Healthy Aging (CCHA) monthly seminar series.

 

Dr. Thomas Buford, Associate Professor at the Division of Gerontology, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care is our invited speaker.

 

The title of his presentation is “ Models of Accelerated Sarcopenia: A Template for Fostering Cross-Discipline Aging Research?”

 

This seminar is scheduled for Friday December 1st 2017 at Volker Hall Lecture Room D (1st floor)  12- 1 pm.

 

Lunch will be available, so we will truly appreciate if you could let us know if you are planning to attend by emailing our seminar coordinator — Amy Dean at asdean@uabmc.edu.

Dr. Yousin Suh, Professor at ALbert Einstein College of Medicine, will present a Nathan Shock Center Seminar on Wed, Nov 15, 2017 in Volker Hall Lecture Room B.  Seminar title: "Genetic Variation in Human Aging and Longevity"

The UAB Center for AIDS Research celebrates World AIDS Day on Thursday, Dec. 7 with an informational session on how Alabama can achieve the 90-90-90 treatment goals by 2030. Drs. Jeanne Marrazzo and Aadia Rana will present the “Pathway to Achieving the 90-90-90 Goal in Alabama” at 12 p.m. in the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Ballroom followed by an information fair to learn more about area partners and organizations. The 'Info Fair' will feature booths from local and organizational partners committed to achieving these goals. No cost to attend. Registration to attend is appreciated at http://www.uab.edu/medicine/cfar/images/WAD_Flyer_2017.pdf

Registration is now open for the 5th Annual Rare Disease Genomic Symposium. This symposium, held in conjunction each year with Rare Disease Day, will focus on the management of rare diseases. Friday, March 2, 2018 will have a scientific focus, while Saturday, March 3, 2018 will be centered around patient and caregivers. For more information, visit https://www.childrensal.org/genetics.

Department of Biostatistics 7th Short Course on Next-Generation Sequencing: Technology and Statistical Methods, December 18-21, 2017.

 

Next-generation sequencing technology is impacting almost all aspects of biomedical research. This technology generates an unprecedented wealth of data that demands novel analysis strategies. While IT infrastructure and bioinformatics developments are obviously required to enable sound information extraction, sophisticated statistical methodologies and algorithms are also essential for interpreting the data

Upcoming OSP Training Sessions – New for November: Industry-Sponsored Clinical Trial Submission Process & Pre-Award Cost Sharing Courses

OSP has several new training opportunities coming up and additional sessions of training currently offered. You can register for any of these courses in the UAB Learning System (LMS). Space is limited, so be sure to register early for new courses.

NEW - Pre-Award Cost Sharing – This session provides an overview of cost sharing as a part of an application for funding, including definitions, types, criteria, related policies and procedures, and FAQs.
When? Thursday, November 14 – 10:30 am to 11:30 am

NEW - Industry-Sponsored Clinical Trial Submission Process – This introductory course provides a general overview of the submission process for an industry-sponsored clinical trial.
When? Tuesday, November 16 – 10:30 am to 11:30 am

Workspace Proposal Process – This training course demonstrates how to use the Grants.gov Workspace portal to initiate and prepare a proposal. This session is a 1.5-hour introductory course (1 hour presentation plus Q&A) that gives participants an overview of the process. After completing this course, participants can also attend a follow-up course this month to practice using Workspace in the computer lab.
When? Tuesday, November 14 – 11:30 am to 1 pm

Workspace Proposal Lab – This is a hands-on workshop in a computer lab where participants can practice using Grant.gov Workspace to prepare a proposal for submission.
When? Tuesday, November 28 – 11:30 am to 1 pm
Prerequisite
: Grants.gov Workspace Proposal Process 

NIH Just-In-Time (JIT) Procedures and Other Support – This session gives an overview of the submission process for JIT/OS documentation. Some of the topics we will cover include: when to upload JIT/OS information, what information is required, where to upload JIT/OS information, how to upload documentation, when/how to notify OSP that JIT/OS is ready for submission.
When? Tuesday, November 7 – 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
            

Overview of Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) Submission Process – This course is designed for those who are new to sponsored programs or new to UAB. This one-hour introductory course gives participants a general overview of OSP and helps them understand the submission process, including the benefits of submitting proposals early. 
When?  Tuesday, November 7 – 10:30 am to 11:30 am

NIH ASSIST Single-Project Proposal Process – This training course demonstrates how to use the NIH ASSIST system to initiate and prepare a single-project proposal. This session is a 1.5-hour introductory course (1 hour presentation plus Q&A) that gives participants an overview of the process including requirements for using ASSIST, how to initiate and prepare a proposal, how to add optional forms, how to preview an application, and how to validate an application. After completing this course, participants can also attend follow-up courses including a lab to practice using ASSIST and NIH ASSIST Multi-Project Proposal Process.
When?  Tuesday, November 21 – 10:00 am to 11:30 am

NIH ASSIST Single-Project Proposal Lab – This is a hands-on workshop in a computer lab where participants can practice working on a single-project proposal.
When?  Wednesday, November 29 – 11:30 am to 1 pm
Prerequisite
: NIH ASSIST Single-Project Proposal Process 

NIH ASSIST Multi-Project Proposal Process – This course demonstrates how to use the NIH ASSIST system to initiate and prepare a multi-project proposal. This session is a follow-up course to the NIH ASSIST Single-Project Proposal Process introductory course that is also offered. This session will be a 1.5-hour session (1 hour presentation plus Q&A) that will give participants a basic knowledge of how to prepare a multi-project proposal in ASSIST. We also offer a hands-on workshop in a computer lab where participants can practice working on a multi-project proposal after completing this course.
When? Tuesday, November 21 – 11:30 am to 1 pm
 Prerequisites:
NIH ASSIST Single-Project Proposal Process

NIH ASSIST Multi-Project Proposal Lab – This is a hands-on workshop in a computer lab where participants can practice working on a multi-project proposal.
When? Thursday, November 30 – 11:30 am to 1 pm
Prerequisites
: NIH ASSIST Single-Project Proposal Process and NIH ASSIST Multi-Project Proposal Process

To attend any of these sessions, registration is required in the UAB Learning System (LMS). You can find the course by searching the LMS Catalog for any of the courses. The instructor for the courses is Debbie Graves, OSP Training Coordinator. If you have any questions, please contact Debbie

The Fourth Annual CAMBAC Research Day will be held on December 1, 2017 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM at the UAB National Alumni Society House.  This year's theme is "Focus on Rheumatoid Arthritis."  The keynote speaker will be William Robinson, MD, PhD, Associate Professor in the Division of Immunology and Rheumatology of the Department of Medicine at Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA.  He also serves Director of the Stanford Osteoarthritis Initiative and a co-lead of the Accelerating Medicines Partnership in Rheumatoid Arthritis and Lupus Network of the NIH. Dr. Robinson was elected to the American Society of Clinical Investigation (ASCI) and serves on the board of directors of Federation of Clinical Immunology Societies (FOCIS).   In addition to Dr. Robinson, several UAB CAMBAC faculty will be presenting 

 

This year, we will be accepting abstracts for poster presentations of new ideas, unique collaborations, recently published work, previously presented abstracts or research in progress.   Although our speakers will focus on rheumatoid arthritis, abstracts focused on all parts of the CAMBAC mission are encouraged.  Cash prizes ($250) for top posters will be awarded to 3 postdoctoral fellows/clinical fellows and  3 graduate students (masters and doctoral).  

FUNDING OPPORTUNTIES

The DRC Summer Research Fellowship for Medical Students program awards up to 6 students approximately $3,600 for the minimum 8 weeks of active research; however, for each additional week the student will receive another $450 to a maximum of 12 weeks, over a period of time between June and August each year. 

The training period will include:  a full time summer hands-on research laboratory experience and a seminar program.    August 1-2, 2018, at the end of the fellowship, they will travel to Nashville, TN to present the poster at Vanderbilt University with medical students from other institutions conducting diabetes related research.  Travel expenses for this are paid for as a part of this fellowship. In addition, together with the chosen mentor, each student will be expected to prepare and submit an abstract of their work and subsequently present a poster and/or oral presentation for the UAB Dale J. Benos Medical Student Research Day in October 2018.

The support for this fellowship is made possible by the DRC, a research center grant funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (P30 DK 079626) and the Student Research Training Program  (T32 DK 062710) directed by  W. Timothy Garvey, MD. 

Please contact Dr. Tim Garvey (garveyt@uab.edu) or Eva Gilliam (evamarie@uab.edu; 205-996-7433) with any questions.

UAB has been invited to nominate an early stage investigator for the 2018 Rita Allen Foundation Scholars ProgramOur office has to formally nominate UAB’s candidate by December 8.  The full application is due January 19.
 
We ask that interested investigators please discuss this opportunity with their Chair or Division Director. Then, forward a 1 page summary of the proposed project and a 3 paragraph assessment of the candidate, signed by the Chair or division director. by Thursday, November 17th to Associate VP for Research Kent T. Keyser (ktkeyser@uab.edu).

 

What does the Rita Allen Foundation Scholars program do?

  • The Rita Allen Foundation Scholars program supports basic biomedical research in the fields of cancer, neuroscience and immunology. There also is currently a joint award, which is sponsored by the Rita Allen Foundation and the American Pain Society, for Scholars in Pain Research. More information on the Scholars in Pain Research can be found at: americanpainsociety.org/funding-opportunities/grants/rita-allen-foundation-award-in-pain
  • Scholars can receive up to $110,000 for a maximum of five years. Scholars in Pain Research can be granted $50,000 per year for up to three years.
  • Only one nomination/ candidate per eligible institution is accepted per year.

 

Other award Considerations

  • Rita Allen Foundation Scholars may not accept a faculty development award of more than $200,000 from another private funding organization (i.e., Beckman, Pew, Searle) for the first year of the RAF award.
  • Rita Allen Scholars may apply for awards from these organizations that would take effect beginning in year two of the RAF award.

 

Criteria for Nomination

  • Candidates should be independent investigators in the early stages of their careers and research.
  • The caliber of early-stage investigators suggests nominees would be appointed to tenure-track positions at their respective institutions.
  • It is preferable that candidates be in the first three years of their tenure track. (This is taken into consideration in the rating of applications by the Scientific Advisory Committee.)
  • A senior postdoc will not be eligible.
  • Associate professors should not be candidates.
  • Candidates must have received committed startup funds from their respective institutions.
  • Candidates must have lab space from their institutions.

 

Internal Selection Process

  • The Rita Allen scholars Program is highly competitive, and we will assemble a group to advi8se the OVPR about the strongest candidate.
  • We are required to provide information to the Rita Allen Foundation about the process used to select our nominee.  

 

If you have additional questions, please contact me.

 

Kent T. Keyser PhD | Associate VP for Research
Office of the Vice President for Research
UAB | The University of Alabama at Birmingham
AB 720G1 | 1720 2nd Avenue South | Birmingham, AL 35294-0107
P: 205.934.7757 | ktkeyser@uab.edu

Save the Date—The American Diabetes Association 78th Scientific Sessions -June 22-26, 2018 in Orlando, Florida.

 

Abstracts that have been accepted for presentation (poster or oral presentation) at the American Diabetes Association are reviewed for the UAB DRC-ADA Travel Award every year during the month of March.  The award consists of up to $1,000 that can be used for travel, lodging, and/or registration but not for food or incidentals.

This award helps support travel to the ADA National Scientific Meetings for approximately 10 graduate students and post-doctoral fellows who will be presenting their original research at these meetings.

 

Abstract submissions to the ADA will open October 2, 2017. Registration and Housing will open in early-December, 2017.

 

Please submit your abstracts and the ADA acceptance letter/email when received no later than March 23, 2018 to Eva Gilliam evamarie@uab.edu.

 

 

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