CCTS Partner Site Lead and International Obesity and Diabetes Expert Visits UAB

CCTS Partner Site Lead and International Obesity and Diabetes Expert Visits UAB

Dr. Eric Ravussin, Boyd Professor, NORC Director, Douglas L. Gordon Chair in Diabetes and Metabolism, and Associate Executive Director for Clinical Science at Pennington Biomedical Research Center, a CCTS Partner Network institution, presented a talk at UAB last week on the complexities of energy balance after weight loss.

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Mark Your Calendar for 3rd Annual CCTS Bioethics Symposium

Mark Your Calendar for 3rd Annual CCTS Bioethics Symposium

CCTS Partners UAB and Tuskegee University will cohost "Trust and Trustworthiness in Genetic and Genomic Research: Barriers to Participation," providing a forum in which researchers and bioethicists can discuss ways to ensure equitable and ethical inclusion of community members in genetic and genomic population-based research. The half-day event will take place on Friday, March 16, 9:30am - 1:30pm at UAB's Medical Towers Room 364.

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CCTS Presents at Medical Grand Rounds

CCTS Presents at Medical Grand Rounds

Dr. Michael Mugavero, Associate Director and Co-Director, respectively, for the UAB Centers for Outcomes Effectiveness Research and Education (COERE) and For AIDS Research (CFAR) as well as our new Training Academy Co-Director, introduced CCTS collaborative and translational training opportunities to the clinicians attending Medical Grand Rounds last week. The event also featured the research of CCTS Alum and Harold Amos Scholars Latesha Elopre, MD, MSPH (UAB Infectious Diseases) and Greg Payne, MD, PhD (UAB Cardiovascular Disease).

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CCTS and I2 Announce Call for Abstracts for Second Annual Translational and Transformative Informatics Symposium (ATTIS)

CCTS and I2 Announce Call for Abstracts for Second Annual Translational and Transformative Informatics Symposium (ATTIS)

ATTIS 2018 is the second annual biomedical informatics symposium cohosted by the CCTS, UAB Informatics Institute (I2), and the Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Center. Building on last year's success, this full-day event will present the latest ideas in bioinformatics, biocomputing, clinical informatics, clinical research informatics, and precision medicine applications using informatics. Abstracts accepted for oral or poster presentations, submit by March 15, 2018.

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Featured Networking Opportunities: SSCI, UAB Core Day, LaCATS Plenary, HA Genomic Medicine Conference, TS18

Featured Networking Opportunities: SSCI, UAB Core Day, LaCATS Plenary, HA Genomic Medicine Conference, TS18

Mark your calendars and tap your travel budget! Trainees and faculty from early career to senior level are encouraged to take advantage of several outstanding opportunities on the horizon to connect with clinical and translational research colleagues from across the Hub, the Southern region, and the nation.

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CCTS Training Academy Reboots TIERS

CCTS Training Academy Reboots TIERS

On Friday, Feb. 9, a roomful of K-scholars gathered at the latest Training Interdisciplinary & Emerging Research Scholars (TIERS) session to learn about the full spectrum of CCTS resources and brainstorm new initiatives to meet early career investigator professional development and career planning needs.

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Abstract Contestants to Present Research Using i2b2 at Awards Ceremony

Abstract Contestants to Present Research Using i2b2 at Awards Ceremony

Have you ever wondered what insights might be gleaned from the re-use of de-identified clinical data in research? Join the UAB Informatics Institute and CCTS on Thursday, March 1, to find out first hand when the investigators who participated in the i2b2 abstract contest present their findings. Please note this event will replace our usual CCTS Monthly Forum in March.

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Save the Date for 2018 Genomic Medicine Symposium

Save the Date for 2018 Genomic Medicine Symposium

The annual UAB-HudsonAlpha Center for Genomic Medicine Symposium will take place on Wednesday, May 23, from 10am-6pm at the Jackson Center in Huntsville, AL. In addition to offering cutting-edge science and the opportunity to connect with potential collaborators, the event also traditionally marks the launch of the Center's RFA for grants that foster innovative genomic research with potential to transform patient care and treatment.

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CCTS Deeply Engaged in Competing Renewal Process

CCTS Deeply Engaged in Competing Renewal Process

Our sweat may not be apparent, but the CCTS is hard at work on its NCATS competitive grant renewal due in May 2018. Strategic planning has been underway since 7am on January 3, 2017. CCTS began 2018 at 7am on January 2 in teleconference with 11 Partner Institutions and the CCTS Executive Council to officially launch the grant writing phase. We are currently in the draft and review stage, which will extend through February and March, culminating in a near final draft for internal and external review by April 1st. Stay tuned to CCTS Digest for the latest renewal news.

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Become a CCTS Summer Research Trainee

Become a CCTS Summer Research Trainee

Are you a predoctoral student at a CCTS Partner institution who has completed the first two years of study in a health professions program? Are you interested in comparative effectiveness or patient-centered outcomes research? If so, consider applying for our eight-week Summer Research Training program, a supportive mentored research experience that will provide career-long benefits. Applications due March 5, 2018.

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CCTS Announces New Speaker, Moderator for Feb. Forum

CCTS Announces New Speaker, Moderator for Feb. Forum

We are delighted to announce that Dr. C. Ann Gakumo and Dr. Robin Gaines Lanzi will join us at our CCTS Forum on Wednesday, Feb. 14, as speaker and moderator, respectively. We will explore the impacts of low health literacy on patient and participant outcomes, research recruitment and retention, and health care costs, as well as evidence-based strategies for addressing these challenges. Doors open at 4pm for refreshments, program begins at 4:15. Walk-ins welcome.

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Mark Your Calendar for i2b2 Awards Ceremony on March 1

Mark Your Calendar for i2b2 Awards Ceremony on March 1

The UAB Informatics Institute and CCTS will cohost a symposium and awards ceremony on Thursday, March 1, to honor the winners of the inaugural i2b2 Abstract Contest. The event will feature a presentation by Shawn Murphy, MD, PhD, one of i2b2's inventors as well as Chief Research Information Officer at Partners Healthcare, Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School, and Associate Director for the Laboratory of Computer Science at Mass General. Dr. Murphy will address how i2b2 can help your research project succeed. Please note this event will replace our usual CCTS Monthly Forum in March. Mark your calendar for our Forum on Wednesday, April 4, when we will hear from several researchers who have made discoveries using i2b2 to access clinical data.

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CCTS Feb. Forum Speakers Announced

CCTS Feb. Forum Speakers Announced

Mark your calendar for Wednesday, Feb. 14, when we will hear from Drs. Joy Deupree, Daniel Chu, and Samantha Baker, who will discuss the impact of low health literacy on patient and participant outcomes, research recruitment and retention, and health care costs as well as strategies for addressing these challenges. Doors open at 4pm, program begins at 4:15. Walk-ins welcome.

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Got Data? If Yes, Get a Plan (and a Certificate)!

Got Data? If Yes, Get a Plan (and a Certificate)!

Join us at the Lister Hill Library on Friday, Feb. 23, for a workshop on "Creating a Data Management Plan." Facilitated by two well-known data wrangling experts-CCTS BERD CoDirector and UAB Dept. of Biostatics Vice Chair Dr. David Redden and Assistant Professor, Reference Librarian, and Liaison to the UAB School of Dentistry Dorothy Ogden, this is the first of three workshops that will earn you a certificate in Data Management. Room G17, 8:30-10:30am.

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Case Studies in Mentoring Goes Virtual with Aligning Expectations

Case Studies in Mentoring Goes Virtual with Aligning Expectations

University of South Alabama participated in our mentoring series via GoToMeeting (GTM) last week. The topic, how to align mentor/mentee expectations, led to a rich discussion that offered new perspectives and strategies to the group of junior and senior faculty and postdocs (whether physically or virtually present). Contact ccts@uab.edu for GTM info and join us for our upcoming sessions.

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CCTS Announces New Dates, Location for Popular i2b2 Training

CCTS Announces New Dates, Location for Popular i2b2 Training

"Accessing Clinical Data for Research with i2b2," our hands-on training for investigators to learn how to use the i2b2 database to access de-identified patient data, check study feasibility, develop hypotheses, and more, has moved to the Learning Resource Center. Several new dates through May have been announced, with morning and afternoon sessions available. Registration is required. Supervisory approval is required for non-faculty (e.g., trainees, staff). All attendees are strongly encouraged to request i2b2 access prior to their session.

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