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  • Celebrating Clinical Trials: Impact and Insights

    Written by Brian C. Moon - May 23, 2024
    As we conclude our CCTS In Focus: Clinical Trials campaign and Clinical Trials Week, we reflect on the collaborative spirit and remarkable achievements that have driven our efforts. This campaign has highlighted the transformative role of clinical trials in advancing human health, particularly for underserved populations, and showcased the CCTS's commitment to eradicating health disparities.
  • Clinical Trials in Action: Insights from the NAUTICAL Study

    Written by Brian C. Moon - May 13, 2024
    In an era where medical science is keenly focused on personalized medicine, understanding how diseases affect diverse populations is crucial. CCTS Associate Scientist, Dr. Pankaj Arora and the Arora Translational Lab are at the forefront of such precision medicine efforts with their groundbreaking NAUTICAL trial.
  • Data2Discovery Gateway: Explore Key Data Enclaves and Accelerate Your Research with Expert Insights

    Written by Swathi Thaker, May 7, 2024    
    With the plethora of large datasets now available, it can often be difficult to figure out which one is the best for your research purpose.
  • Empowering Clinical Research through Interactive Learning

    Written by Brian C. Moon - May 6, 2024    
    On April 29, 2024, a unique educational event took place at the Bevill Biomedical Sciences Building, drawing over fifty clinical research professionals. Presented by the Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS), this session, titled "ACTion Learning: Ensuring Consent is Truly Informed,” leveraged local actors to bring to life the complexities of the informed consent conversation.
  • ASF 2024 Awards

    2024 Albert Schweitzer Fellowship Celebration of Service Awards

    Written by Brian C. Moon - April 23, 2024
    On April 13, 2024, at the 2024 Celebration of Service, the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (ASF) of Alabama honored Dr. Lisa Gurley of Samford University’s Moffett and Sanders School of Nursing and Dr. Lemeshia Chambers of UAB’s Live HealthSmart Alabama with the 2024 Outstanding Academic Mentor and Outstanding Community Site Mentor awards, respectively.
  • Tita, Carlo, and Team Win Distinguished Clinical Research Achievement Award

    Written by Brian C. Moon - April 15, 2024
    The Clinical Research (CR) Forum, a non-profit membership association of top clinical research experts and thought leaders from the nation’s leading academic health centers, presented the Distinguished Clinical Research Achievement Award to two outstanding studies at the Top Ten Clinical Research Achievement Awards on April 2nd at the Paris Hotel Las Vegas, and for the second year in a row, CCTS investigators were recognized for their achievements.
  • Translational Science 2024 Recap

    Written by Tyren Lucas - April 10, 2024
    The annual Association for Clinical and Translational Science (ACTS) Conference (TS24), held in Las Vegas, Nevada from April 3-5, 2024, brought together over 1000 clinical research staff professionals, trainees, faculty, and national leaders, including strong representation from the CTSA consortium and our CCTS Partner Network, to celebrate advances in translational science, clinical research, and health equity. As we reflect on the highlights and moments captured at TS24, it is important to recognize how the event fostered key consortium-wide connections and initiatives as well as offering learning and collaborative opportunities.

  • OnCore: Streamlining Clinical Trials Management for Research Excellence

    Written by Ashley Specht - April 1, 2024
    The UAB research landscape is changing. On March 20, 2024, UAB President Ray Watts shared an update on planning for the Research Strategic Initiative: Growth with Purpose. The Research Strategic Initiative maps the way to reach $1 billion in research funding. With this initiative will come improvements to the technical infrastructure: new electronic research systems and expanded utilization of current systems.
  • 5 Tips on Writing an Outstanding Specific Aims Page

    Written by Swathi Thaker - March 25, 2024
    Though only one page, the Specific Aims page is probably the MOST important piece of your grant. Often, reviewers will form a strong opinion about the merits of a proposal on this page alone, so you want to make sure that you maximize its potential and increase your chance for funding. Read on for tips on how to write a stellar Specific Aims page!
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Event Brings Together Multidisciplinary Audience

    Written by Brian C. Moon - March 13, 2024
    On March 7, 2024, an enlightening virtual event titled "Historic Lines, Current Divides: Connecting Redlining to Present Day Disparities in Birmingham" was hosted via Zoom, shining a spotlight on the enduring impacts of redlining practices in Birmingham and their ripple effects on present-day disparities. The forum was an initiative co-hosted by the Social Science and Justice Research (SSJR) pilot UWIRC and the Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS)
  • Top 10 things the best trial PIs know about ClinicalTrials.gov

    Written by Tamara Howard - March 13, 2024.    
    Navigating the complexities of a clinical trial requires not only a deep understanding of the science but also an intimate familiarity with the tools and resources that support research excellence.
  • Highlights from the 2024 Southeast Regional Clinical and Translational Science Conference

    Written by Tyren Lucas - March 8, 2024
    The Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) takes immense pride in forging remarkable collaborations and advancing scientific innovation throughout the CTSA consortium.
  • 2024 CCTS Bioethics Forum Highlights Ethical AI in Healthcare for Underserved Communities

    Written by Brian C. Moon - Feb. 28, 2024
    On February 23, 2024, the CCTS Bioethics Forum, themed "Ethical AI: Bridging Gaps in Healthcare and Research for Underserved Communities," convened in person in Montgomery, Alabama.
  • Clinical Trials in Action: Insights from CCTS-Supported Research

    Written by Brian C. Moon - Feb. 20, 2024
    A recent study from the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association highlights the relationship between dietary sodium and blood pressure, adding a new dimension to our understanding of how dietary choices affect heart health.
  • CCTS In Focus: Clinical Trials


    At the heart of advancing human health lies a pivotal element – clinical trials. The CCTS is dedicated to fostering a future where disease and health disparities no longer burden the underserved and special populations within our region. Through our "CCTS In Focus: Clinical Trials" campaign, we emphasize the transformative role that clinical trials play in not just improving patient care but in pioneering the availability of breakthrough therapies for those most in need.

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