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    Thursday, November 14

    8:30-9:00  Beakfast, Live Oak III
    9:00-11:00  Specific Aims Workshop, Live Oak III
     (limited to 8 participants; pre-registration required)
     Room 1: Mike Mugavero, Paula Gregory, Deloris Alexander, Katherine Hartmann, David Redden,
     Mary Townsley, Bob Kimberly
     Room 2: Mark Gillespie, David Chaplin, Bertha Hidalgo, Lucio Miele, Jennifer Pollock, Jennifer Croker
    11:00-12:00    Networking/Registration, Ballroom Foyer III
     Alia Tunagur, Jeanne Merchant, Rose Crocker (CCTS Staff)
       BERD Clinic, Gulfview Ballroom I 
     Biostats, Epi, Research Design assistance available to those who bring projects with them.
     Bertha Hidalgo (UAB) & David Redden (UAB) 
    12:00-12:30  Welcome Lunch
    Bob Kimberly (UAB) and Michael Mugavero (UAB)
    12:30 -1:30  Keynote Address by Katherine Hartmann--Navigating the Rapids, Gulfview Ballroom I
     Michael Mugavero Introducing Katherine Hartmann
    1:30-1:45  Break
    1:45-3:00  Break-Out Session 1
    1. Grant Writing 101,
    Live Oak I & II
    Paula Gregory (LSU) and Mary Townsley (USA)
    2. Engagement, Recruitment, & Retention of Special Populations,
    Live Oak III
    Moderator: Faith Fletcher (UAB)     
        Panelist: Deloris Alexander (Tuskegee University), Lauren Bloodworth (University of Mississippi), Billy Kirkpatrick (Five Horizons)
    3. Getting to R Panel Discussion,
    Moderator: Katherine Hartmann (Vanderbilt University)
        Panelists: Tiffany Carson (UAB), Meredith Clement (LSU), Gareth Dutton (UAB), Christina Muzny (UAB)
    3:00-3:30  Break
    3:30-5:15  Break-Out Session 2
    1. Introduction to Clinical Trials,
    Live Oak I
    Cindy Joiner (UAB)
    2. Best Practices of Community-Academic Partnerships and Collaborations,
    Moderator: Max Michael (UAB)
        Panelists: Martha Arietta (USA), Porsche Blount (Community Partner), and Robert Sobol (USA)
    3. Mock Study Section
    (limited to 15 participants; pre-registration required)
        Paula Gregory (LSU)
    4. Specific Aims Workshop
    (limited to 4 participants; pre-registrations required), Live Oak II
        Facilitator: Mark Gillespie (USA)
        Faculty: Mike Mugazero, David Chaplin, Emily Levitan, Lucio Miele, Jennifer Pollock, David Redden, Gareth Dutton
    5:15-7:00  Hotel Check-In
    6:00-7:00  Happy Hour  Outside Terrace
    7:00-8:30  Dinner  Sharlene Newman (UA), Alabama Life Science Research Institute, Gulfview Ballroom I
     John Higginbotham (UA) introducing Sharlene Newman
    8:30-10:00  Optional Activities (CCTS-themed Escape Rooms) Live Oak I & II

    Friday, November 15

    7:30-8:00  Networking Breakfast, Gulfview Ballroom I
    Continental Breakfast
       BERD Clinic, Gulfview Ballroom I 
     Biostats, Epi, Research Design assistance available to those who bring projects with them.
     David Redden (UAB) & Emily Levitan (UAB)
    8:00-9:15   Opportunities for Funding, Gulfview Ballroom I
    Moderator: Leigh Ann Ross (University of Mississippi)
    Panelists: Deloris Alexander (Tuskegee University), Bruce Bunnell (Tulane University), & Mark Gillespie (USA)
    9:15-9:30   Break
    8:00-2:00   Commonweal Community Engagement Meeting (by invitation only), Live Oak I & II
    Shauntice Allen (UAB) & Max Michael (UAB)
    9:30-10:45   Break-Out Session 3
    1. Grant Writing 102,
    Gulfview Ballroom I
    Paula Gregory (LSU) and Mary Townsley (USA)
    2. Talking to Program Officer / Responding to Reviews for Resubmission, Live Oak III
    Kirk Habegger (UAB) & Lucio Miele (LSU)
    3. Design Thinking Workshop, Sea Oats
        Molly Wasko (UAB)
    11:00-12:15   Break-Out Session 4
    1. How to Write a Biosketch,
    Live Oak II
    Emily Levitan (UAB)
    2. Focus on Mentoring /Writing Mentor Letters,
    Live Oak I 
    David Chaplin (UAB), Paul Gregory (LSU), and Kirk Habegger (UAB)
    12:30-1:30   Lunch and Closing Session, Gulfview Ballroom I
     CCTS Roundtable Discussions
     Michael Mugavero & Becky Reamey will discuss next steps with research and CCTS resources.

    Break-Out Session Details

    Break-Out Session 1 

    1. Grant Writing 101: Participants will be given an overview of the grant writing process. Time will be allotted to work on common sections in the grant writing process.
    1. Engagement, Recruitment, and Retention of Special Populations: Faculty and staff from across the Partner Network will share examples of engaging and recruiting special populations for research studies. 
    1. Getting to R: Panelists will share tips and steps to take to get the R series grant while also working on the K Career Development Awards. 

    Break-Out Session 2 

    1. Introduction to Clinical Trials: Faculty and staff will both be interested in this introductory session. Facilitators will offer participants an interactive opportunity to learn the basics of clinical trials.  
    1. Best Practices of Community-Academic Partnerships and Collaboration: This session brings together community and academic partners to demonstrate the best practices of community-based research. 
    1. Mock Study Section (15 participants): Participants must pre-register as this session requires 2-3 hours of preparation time. Learn how a study section operates from those who serve on study sections. Participants will serve as reviewers in the process and will be asked to review grants prior to the symposium. Registration is limited to 15 people.
    1. Specific Aims Workshop (4 presenters only): Participants pre-register as this session requires prior document submission. Participants will prepare their specific aims pages for critical review by a multidisciplinary faculty panel. Registration is limited to 4 presenters. Specific aims pages will be requested by November 6th. 

    Break-Out Session 3

    1. Grant Writing 102: A continuation from day 1,participants will be given an overview of the grant writing process. Time will be allotted to work on common sections in the grant writing process. 
    1. Talking to Funding Officers / Responding to Resubmissions: Hear from funded investigators on how and when to approach program officers. From learning about the RFA to preparing for the calls to receiving feedback, know what questions to ask and how to ask them. / Learn how to respond to comments for resubmission. 
    1. Design Thinking Workshop: This interactive session will have you working through the stages of design thinking in real-time.

    Break-Out Session 4

          1. How to Write Biosketch
    2. Focus on Mentoring / Writing Mentors Letters

  • Katherine Hartmann, MD, PhD
    Keynote Speaker

    Katherine Hartmann, MD, PhD
    Associate Dean, Clinical and Translational Scientist Development
    Vanderbilt University

    Martha Arrieta, MD, MPH, PhD

    Martha Arrieta, MD, MPH, PhD
    Center for Healthy Communities
    University of South Alabama

    John Higginbotham

    John Higginbotham, PhD, MPH
    Professor and Chair, Department of Community Medicine and Population Health
    University of Alabama

    Mark Gillespie, PhD

    Mark Gillespie, PhD
    Professor and Chairman, Department of Pharmacology
    University of South Alabama

    Paula Gregory

    Paula Gregory, PhD
    Assistant Dean, Medical Student Research
    LSU Health Sciences Center

    Robert Kimberly

    Robert Kimberly, MD
    Director, CCTS
    University of Alabama at Birmingham

    Max Michael

    Max Michael III, MD
    Emeritus Professor, Department of Health Care Organization and Policy
    University of Alabama at Birmingham

    Mike Mugavero

    Mike Mugavero, MD, MHSc
    Director, CCTS Training Academy
    University of Alabama at Birmingham

    Sharlene Newman

    Sharlene Newman, PhD
    Executive Director, Alabama Life Research Institute
    University of Alabama

    Mary Townsley

    Mary Townsley, PhD
    Professor and Senior Associate Dean, Department of Physiology & Cell Biology
    University of South Alabama

    Bertha Hidalgo

    Bertha Hidalgo, PhD, MPH
    Associate Professor, School of Public Health
    University of Alabama at Birmingham

    Christina Muzny

    Christina Muzny, MD, MSPH
    Associate Professor of Medicine
    University of Alabama at Birmingham

    Tiffany Carson

    Tiffany Carson, PhD
    Assistant Professor, Division of Preventative Medicine
    University of Alabama at Birmingham

    Gareth Dutton

    Gareth Dutton, PhD, 
    Associate Professor, Department of Medicine
    University of Alabama at Birmingham

    Cindy Joiner

    Cindy Joiner, PHD
    Assistant Professor, School of Medicine
    Director, Cardiovascular Clinical Trials Unit
    University of Alabama at Birmingham

    Faith Fletcher

    Faith Fletcher, PhD
    Assistant Professor, School of Public Health
    University of Alabama at Birmingham

    Bruce Bunnell, PhD
    Bruce Bunnell, PhD
    Professor and Director, Tulane Center for Stem Cell Research & Regenerative Medicine
    Tulane University
    Leigh Ann Ross, PhD
    Leigh Ann Ross, PhD
    Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs and Professor of Pharmacy Practice
    The University of Mississippi

  • The Lodge at Gulf State ParkGulf Shores Lodge 2

    21196 East Beach Boulevard
    Gulf Shores, Alabama 36542
    Reserve your room!

    The Lodge at Gulf State Park is located on the beautiful beaches of the Gulf of Mexico. Established in 1974, the original Lodge was a premier tourism destination for 30 years before being irreparably damaged in 2004 by Hurricane Ivan. The new Lodge re-emerged in 2018 as a model of environmentally-friendly coastal development. 

    The Lodge features four restaurants and over 40,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space. Outdoor terraces provide ocean views and places to sit, relax and enjoy morning sunrises or sunsets by the fire-pit. Multiple boardwalks provide direct access to the beach for a morning walk, a day of sunbathing or an evening stroll. The surrounding State Park offers access to nearly 28 miles of hiking and biking trails. - Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism, gulfshores.com

    Plan to extend your stay. The room block rate will be honored up to two days pre AND post-event, based upon availability. Anyone wishing to extend their stay should contact the Reservations Department (800-618-4350) and mention the group code for CCTS.

  • Opening Session by Mike Mugavero (slide presentation)
    Navigating the Rapids by Katherine Hartmann (slide presentation)
    Fellowships for Graduate Students and Post-doctoral Fellows in STEM Fields by Deloris Alexander
    Fellowships and Funding Opportunities for Faculty by Deloris Alexander

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