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​Current Research Administration News

  • IRAP -  the Intergrated Research Administration Portal
    IRAP - the Integrated Research Administration Portal - is an electronic tool that uses interconnected software modules to enhance each phase of the research process at UAB, from alerting investigators to new funding opportunities with the SPIN and SMARTS modules, to facilitating transfer agreements on research materials. Many documents can be shared across modules, eliminating the need to fill out redundant forms. Significantly, IRAP’s battery of more than 130 reports gives investigators granular data on the status of their submissions, so they always know where they are in the process. IRAP also allows administrators to improve workflows and procedures by finding and fixing bottlenecks in the system. In turn, this helps Research Administration offices work to deliver a better customer experience and to focus on improving customer service overall.
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    ​A Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) has been published seeking comments on proposed changes to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects. The UAB Office of the IRB (OIRB) is requesting input from the UAB research community on the proposed changes in order to respond most effectively to the NPRM. The proposed rule includes significant changes to the regulations governing human subjects research. Among these changes are more relaxed requirements for certain categories of lower risk research and more stringent requirements for informed consent, especially in regard to use of biospecimens.
  • The UAB Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development (OVPRED) announces the launch of the UAB Institutional Core Facility Program (ICFP), created to promote the development and operation of outstanding Core Facilities that can serve the needs of UAB investigators.
  • Image of checkboxes specifying agreement or no agreement
    On May 7, 2015, Governor Bentley signed into law Act 2015-167, which lowered the age of consent to 18 years old (previously 19 years) for IRB-approved research conducted by an accredited college or university. This means that 18 year olds may now consent for themselves to participate in research conducted at UAB under IRB approval. The IRB has updated most of its forms with this information and will continue to revise policies and procedures to recognize this change in the law. The revised forms must be used for all submissions received in the OIRB after September 1, 2015.

​Announcements

  • Safety Information - Varian TV 801 Turbo Pumps and API 5000 Spectrometers

    IMPORTANT SAFETY NOTICE-IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUIRED

    Varian TV 801 Turbo Pumps on the API 4000™, 4000 and QTRAP®, and API 5000™ Mass Spectrometers
     
    SCIEX is initiating a field action for the products listed above as a result of a communication received from our pump component supplier, Agilent Technologies. The TV 801 turbo pump may experience a rotor fragmentation leading to a sudden separation of the body from the envelope, allowing metal fragments to be ejected from the pump at high speeds, which may result in serious injury or death. 
     
    SCIEX has received two customer complaints for the Agilent Technologies' TV 801 turbo pump, which is used in some of SCIEX's API 4000™, 4000 QT RAP®, and API 5000™ systems 1. Please review the attached important information on how to identify if your system is impacted, and what actions you need to take.

    Attachments:
    Posted by Occupational Health and Safety | 03/22/17
  • IMPORTANT REMINDER – GCP Training Requirement for Clinical Trials

    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 irb@uab.edu.
    Posted by Office of the Institutional Review Board for Human Use | 03/16/17
  • Are You Ready? Only Two Weeks Remaining to Timely Complete New Effort Reporting Training

    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.
     
    This course is required of all employees who must certify effort on sponsored project(s) (UAB Project Employees, excluding non-exempt/biweekly paid employees) and Departmental Effort Officers (DEOs). Additionally, the school/college dean’s offices may elect to assign this training to other employees that may benefit from the course information as well.  The expectation is this course needs to be completed prior to certifying effort or distributing effort reports (i.e., before the 3/31/17 end date of the current effort reporting period). For those required to complete this training, the course was automatically assigned in the LMS system in early January 2017.  Those individuals received an email from hs-alerts@healthstream.com with the subject line, “New Assignment in the UAB Learning System”. They may also locate the course by accessing the LMS system and clicking the “To Do” tab.
     
    Only two weeks remain to timely complete this important training. As of 3/15/17, the University completion percentage is 59%.  Congratulations to the following areas for already reaching the University’s 90% completion goal:
    • Schools:
      • Business (all departments)
      • Education (all departments)
      • Nursing (all departments)
    • Departments/Divisions/Offices:
    • Anthropology (CAS)
    • Criminal Justice (CAS)
    • Foreign Language (CAS)
    • History (CAS)
    • Mathematics (CAS)
    • UAB Teach (CAS)
    • Sparkman Center for Global Health (SPH)
    • Lister Hill Center for Health Policy (SPH)
    • Biostatistics (SPH)
    • School of Dentistry Dean’s Office
    • Orthodontics (Dentistry)
    • Pediatric Dentistry
    • Pharmacy – Hospital (UAB Medicine)
    • Research Computing (Central)
    • School of Engineering Dean’s Office
    Posted by University Compliance Office | 03/15/17
  • Zebrafish Husbandry Education Training At UAB

    Zebrafish husbandry education courses sponsored by the Zebrafish Husbandry Association (ZHA) are now available at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). These courses are available in two formats: an Online Course and a Hands-On Short Course. Content for these courses was developed by a team of thirty-six ZHA members with expertise in optimal zebrafish husbandry practices for the biomedical research setting. The online course has been taken by over 130 professionals in 73 different institutions representing 11 different countries.  The hands-on short course has been taken by 73 professionals from 33 different institutions. 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. Each session is available online for 4 continuous weeks to accommodate differences in time zones for all participants. Two new sessions come online each week. Each session includes PDF notes, a transcript, and an online quiz. Achieving a score of at least 80% on all quizzes and completion of a course evaluation results in a Certificate of Completion. The sessions are:  Basic Fish Biology; Introduction to Zebrafish; Introduction to Water Quality; Making Water; Temperature; pH; Salinity, Alkalinity, and Hardness; Dissolved Gases; Nitrogenous Wastes; Mechanical Filtration; Biological Filtration; UV Sterilizers; Maintenance and Troubleshooting; Emergency Procedures and Preparation; Spawning Techniques; Larviculture; Zebrafish Nutrition; Production of Live Feeds; Cleaning and Disinfection; Prevention of Disease; Procedures for Quarantine; Introduction to Disease; Non-infectious Diseases; Nonbacterial Infectious Diseases; Bacterial Infectious Diseases; Anesthesia and Euthanasia; Aquatic Facilities Design; IACUC for Zebrafish Facilities; and Regulatory Oversight.  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:
     
     
    Short Course:  The next short course will be taught May 23 to 25, 2017 at UAB. Participants are divided into groups of five to seven to allow each participant to have maximal interaction with instructors and to have plenty of time to develop each hands-on skill taught. The short course takes place over 3 days, and each group rotates through all of the stations. Each station is led by 2 to 3 instructors, who will guide the participants to learn the tasks using live zebrafish and/or facility equipment. Instructors present the most up to date information available on each husbandry topic as well as personal tips from their experience. Participants will also interact with biologists and representatives from many of our sponsors including: Aquaneering, Aquatic Enterprises/Aquarius Systems, Pentair Aquatic Ecosystems, and Tecniplast. There will be onsite stand-alone racks from vendors; participants are encouraged to observe these racks in use. This is useful to those starting up new programs and selecting equipment.  Sessions last 2 hours and include Introduction to Aquatic Systems; Live Feeds 1 and 2; Spawning and Larviculture 1, 2, and 3; Cleaning, Disinfection, Quarantine, and Health Monitoring; Occupational Health and Safety in the Zebrafish Facility; Water Chemistry 1 and 2; Recognizing Sick Fish and Necropsy; and Anesthesia and Euthanasia. Activities for participants include sexing fish, setting up spawns, harvesting embryos, collecting gametes, performing in vitro fertilization and cryopreservation of sperm, harvesting of live feeds, performing necropsies, measuring water quality parameters, and anesthetizing and euthanizing fish.  Cost is $1500 per person and includes local transportation, room, and board. The link for registration is:
     
     
    For information, please contact Dr. Hugh Hammer (hhammer@gadsdenstate.edu) or Dr. Susan Farmer (sfarmer@uab.edu).
    Posted by Animal Resources Program | 03/10/17
  • UAB NORC's Pre-Doctoral Training in Obesity-Related Research - T32HL105349

    The UAB NORC is pleased to announce the availability of at least two predoctoral fellowship positions for doctoral students wishing to train in the general area of obesity, with an emphasis on cardiovascular aspects. We seek applicants who are motivated, demonstrate a desire to succeed, and are able to work in a team environment. Applications are due Friday June 2, 2017. This is an ideal opportunity to obtain scientific publications and intellectual development that will lay the foundation for future successful professional development as an independent scientist. UAB's well-established NIH-funded investigators will provide a mentored experience critical to early career development.
     
    Eligibility:
    • Doctoral student in good standing at UAB
    • Be midway through 1st year in a doctoral program and prepared to enter 2nd year of training in August
    • US citizens or permanent residents
    • Express a long-term plan and expectation to work as an independent investigator in obesity-research
    • Commit to meet all obligations of the training program (see webpage)

    Application process:

    Student will either approach a mentor or mentor will ask student about creating a research relationship, or either can seek guidance from Program Directors to be matched with a potentially interested counterpart.

    Student and Mentor together apply for entry into the program, forming the full mentoring team according to the requirement for disciplinary domain diversity (see webpage).

    Student prepares letter outlining training goals and research objectives

    Mentor team together produces a letter explaining each mentor’s role in the training, as well as each mentor’s history in training predoctoral and postdoctoral mentees; (i.e. Detailing number of trained persons pre- and post-doc and a list publications with trainees)

    Student curriculum vitae

    Two letters of reference to be sent to program directors by others (not mentors) familiar with the student’s research abilities

    Complete the application (see webpage)

    Send all of these materials to: norc@uab.edu by June 2, 2017 at 12:00 p.m.

    Applicants will be notified by June 28, 2017.

    Funding as a T32 fellow will be effective as of August 1, 2017.

    Women, individuals from traditionally disadvantaged groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

    “UAB is an Equal Education Opportunity Institution”.

    Posted by Nutrition Obesity Research Center | 03/01/17
  • Input from Faculty and Core Users Requested

    The UAB Faculty Senate Research Committee is seeking institution-wide input from UAB faculty and Core users on the best way to achieve our institutional research goals.
     
    Please provide your constructive comments and suggestions below on the UAB Spark website: https://ideas.uab.edu/a/ideas/top/campaigns/19237. You will be required to log in with your blazerid to access the site. If you would like an idea posted anonymously, please contact moderators Karen Gamble at klgamble@uab.edu, Zdenek Hel at zhel@uab.edu or David Chaplin at dchaplin@uab.edu.
    Posted by UAB Faculty Senate | 02/20/17
  • UAB-HudsonAlpha Genomic Medicine Post-Doctoral Training Program

    The Helflin Center for Genomic Sciences is currently accepting applications for the NHGRI funded UAB-HudsonAlpha Genomic Medicine Post-doctoral training program.  The purpose of this training grant is to recruit postdoctoral trainees from various disciplines and provide mentorship and clinical research training in genomic medicine.  Trainees will receive a monthly stipend, tuition and fees assistance, health insurance and travel funds (at NIH-defined level).
     
    Sponsor: National Human Genome Research Institute
     
    Deadline: April 1st, 2017
     
    To read about eligibility, deadline and to apply please visit https://www.uab.edu/medicine/genetics/t32  
     
    Contact: Shaila Handattu PhD, MBA hande@uab.edu
     
     
    Posted by Heflin Center for Genomic Science | 02/17/17
  • New Effort Reporting LMS Course for the New Year

    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.
     
    This course is required of all employees who must certify effort on sponsored project(s) (UAB Project Employees, excluding non-exempt/biweekly paid employees) and Departmental Effort Officers (DEOs). Additionally, the school/college dean’s offices may elect to assign this training to other employees that may benefit from the course information as well.  The expectation is this course should be completed prior to certifying effort or distributing effort reports (i.e., before the 3/31/17 end date of the current effort reporting period). For those required to complete this training, the course was automatically assigned in the LMS system in early January 2017.  Those individuals received an email from hs-alerts@healthstream.com with the subject line, “New Assignment in the UAB Learning System”.
    Posted by University Compliance Office | 02/14/17
  • Free Training Sessions for NSF CAREER Awards

    The UAB College of Arts and Sciences is pleased to again offer campus-wide training to junior faculty planning to apply for a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award. The NSF awards CAREER research grants to new faculty at universities who are at the rank of Assistant Professor (or equivalent) in any of the broad science and social science disciplines that are eligible for NSF grants.  
    Posted by College of Arts and Sciences | 02/14/17
  • NIH Extramural Nexus Updates - January 2017

    Posted by Office of Sponsored Programs | 02/06/17