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  • About


    Built on the promising outcomes of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation’s Fund to Retain Clinical Scientists, DDCF and its funding partners –the American Heart Association, the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, John Templeton Foundation, Rita Allen Foundation and Walden Foundation – have come together to provide COVID-19 Fund to Retain Clinical Scientists grants for U.S. medical schools that are evolving to strengthen policies, practices, and processes to support the research productivity and retention of early-career faculty with family caregiving responsibilities.

    As part of the program, the UAB COVID-19 Caregiving Affected Early-career Research Scientists (CARES) Retention Program will support funded early-career investigators whose research has been deleteriously impacted by the pandemic with "extra hands" grants to augment their academic scholarship. With matching funds from the UAB Heersink School of Medicine, up to 20 awards of $30,000-$50,000 will be made during the 2-year program period to support the research productivity and retention of early-career faculty with family caregiving responsibilities.
  • Team

    Michael J. Mugavero, MD, MHSc

    Michael J. Mugavero, MD, MHSc
    CARES Program Director

    Dr. Mugavero is Professor of Medicine in Infectious Diseases, Director of the UAB Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research and Education (COERE), and Co-Director of the Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS), where he Co-leads the Training Academy. He spearheaded the DRIVEN Program (Driving Research: an Interdisciplinary, Vibrant, Engaged, Network), supporting the research careers of persons under-represented in science. He is currently primary mentor to three NIH K23 awardees, has directly supported four SOM physician-scientists early career faculty in transitions to R01 awards, all women with caregiving responsibilities, and is PI of a T32 health services research training grant from AHRQ. Dr. Mugavero leads program administration, oversees the budget and resources management, and guides the program implementation and evaluation units.

    Mona N. Fouad, MD, MPH

    Mona N. Fouad, MD, MPH
    CARES Program Co-Director

    Dr. Fouad is Professor and Director of the Division of Preventive Medicine, Senior Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion in the UAB SOM, Founding Director of the Minority Health & Health Disparities Research Center (MHRC), and the Edward E. Partridge, M.D., Endowed Chair for Cancer Disparity Research. A member of the National Academy of Medicine and a prominent leader in promoting diversity and justice in medical education, Dr. Fouad has been a driving force in the UAB SOM in implementing policies and programs promoting equity. She co-leads the administrative unit and provides a direct line of communication to Dean Vickers and other UAB SOM Senior Associate Deans.

    Dr. Mona Fouad is Professor of Medicine, Director of the Division of Preventive Medicine, Edward E. Partridge, M.D. Endowed Chair for Cancer Disparity Research, and Senior Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion in the Heersink School of Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Fouad is recognized nationally as a leader in health disparities research and served as a member of the National Institutes of Health National Advisory Council on Minority Health and Health Disparities from 2008-2012. In 2017, Dr. Fouad was elected a member of the National Academy of Medicine. She was selected as the UAB 2018 Distinguished Faculty Lecturer for advancing the frontiers of science and outstanding contributions to education, research and public service. Dr. Fouad obtained her MD from Alexandria University School of Medicine in Alexandria, Egypt, and her MPH from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health. Dr. Fouad’s career at UAB began in 1991 and has focused on the health of minority and underserved populations, including efforts to increase involvement of special and underrepresented populations in research. She has played a prominent leadership role, both regionally and nationally, in promoting diversity in medical education. Dr. Fouad has led in the efforts to promote minority students, researchers, and leaders through joint programs with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and other minority-serving academic institutions. She serves as PI of the NIA-funded UAB Research in Aging through Mentorship and Practice – Undergraduate Program (UAB RAMP-UP), whose goal is to reduce health disparities in aging through the strengthening of the MSTEM pipeline, and as PI of the NIDDK-funded UAB STEP-UP: Promoting Diversity through Mentored Research Experiences, whose goal is to enhance the diversity of the nation’s research workforce by providing mentored research training to promising undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical, clinical and behavioral research.

    Gregory Payne, MD, PhD

    Gregory Payne, MD, PhD
    CARES Program Implementation

    Dr. Payne is a physician-scientist and has served as a DRIVEN Co-Director for 2 years. As an Assistant Professor in Cardiology in the UAB SOM, Dr. Payne studies novel inflammatory pathways in cardiovascular disease. Dr. Payne’s research has been nationally recognized, and he is an inaugural recipient of the American Heart Association-Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program Career Development Award. As Associate Director of the NIH-Funded Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) and member of the Physician Scientist Development Office (PSDO) at UAB, Dr. Payne will build upon his leadership of the DRIVEN Micro-grant program to co-lead program implementation of UAB COVID-19 CARES.

    As a physician-scientist, Dr. Payne’s career has been defined by his determination to understand the early mechanisms of vascular disease that ultimately lead to cardiovascular deaths. As a trainee of both Medical Scientist and Physician Scientist Training Programs, he has gained unique translational scientific skills to investigate vascular and cellular biology. As an academic cardiologist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), Dr. Payne cares for patients with a variety of cardiovascular diseases. Furthermore, he leads a translational research program investigating novel inflammatory pathways that contribute to cardiovascular and cardiopulmonary diseases. Specifically, his team aims to understand how fragmentation of the extracellular matrix contributes to cardiovascular inflammation and vascular endothelial dysfunction. Since 2019, Dr. Payne has helped co-direct the Translational Research Program for Complex Cardiopulmonary Diseases at UAB. Dr. Payne is also responsible for developing the next generation of physician-scientists as the Associate Director of the UAB NIH-funded Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP). Through the AHA, Dr. Payne has been involved with career development as a member of the ATVB Early Career Committee. He has also championed the need for diversity in research through his involvement with the AHA-sponsored Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development (AHA/AMFDP) and Supporting Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) programs.

    Bertha Hidalgo, PhD

    Bertha Hidalgo, PhD
    CARES Program Implementation

    Dr. Hidalgo is a genetic epidemiologist and has served as a DRIVEN Co-Director for 2 years. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Faculty Scholar in the Center for the Study of Community Health. Her research focuses on health disparities related to cardiometabolic diseases, with a special focus on Latinx populations and epigenomics. She has received research funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, American Heart Association, and the NIH. She will co-lead program implementation with Dr. Payne in coordinating the solicitation, review process, and selection of “extra hands” awardees.

    Dr. Bertha Hidalgo an Associate Professor with tenure in the Department of Epidemiology. She holds degrees from Stanford University, the University of Southern California and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her research focuses health disparities related to COVID-19, cardiometabolic diseases, with a special focus on Latino populations and genomics. Dr. Hidalgo has a highly productive record of peer-reviewed research in relevant research areas with publications as lead or co-lead author in high-impact journals including Nature Scientific Reports, Diabetes, American Journal of Public Health, with 65 publications in total as lead, co-author or senior author. She is in her sixth year on the faculty at UAB and has attained research funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, NIH, the American Heart Association, and internal funding from UAB. Dr. Hidalgo is the past chair of the Minority Affairs committee and currently on the Board of Directors for the American College of Epidemiology, as well as a member on the NHLBI Board of External Experts. Dr. Hidalgo is also recipient of the 2019 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Early Career Achievement Award. Most recently, Dr. Hidalgo was awarded funding for the American Heart Association Institute for Cardiovascular Precision Medicine grant opportunity to increase prevention of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease in millennial women within underrepresented ethnic and racial groups

    Rebecca A. Reamey, PhD, MA
    Rebecca A. Reamey, PhD, MA
    CARES Program Evaluation

    Dr. Becky Reamey has over 18 years of experience in curriculum design, program management, and teaching. She has a background in higher education student development with an emphasis in professional and workforce development. Her post-doctoral work was done at the University of Alabama in the Division of Community Affairs, Center for Community-Based Partnerships. In her current role, Dr. Reamey has developed the LEAD leadership development program and the Grant Writing Intensive (GRIT) cohort program. Her vision for the first Translational Training Symposium brought together over 85 investigators from across the CCTS Partner Network to train, network, and collaborate. She has developed curriculum and learning outcomes for the three of the regularly scheduled seminar training series offered by CCTS. She regularly speaks to groups about networking, presentation skills, team dynamics, and preparing grants. As Deputy Director of COERE, Dr. Reamey is excited to work with many researchers across UAB for training, education, and learning health system.

    Katherine Meese, PhD
    Katherine Meese, PhD
    CARES Program Evaluation 

    Dr. Meese is an Assistant Professor and Program Director in UAB’s Department of Health Services Administration and Director of Wellness Research within UAB Medicine Office of Wellness. She also leads the National Center for Health Care Leadership Well-Being initiative as the inaugural Chair of the Well-Being Council. During the pandemic, she led UAB Medicine’s evaluation of employee well-being to identify specific needs for various employee sub-groups through an all-employee survey. This data was used to inform university-wide resources and policies, including increased childcare resources. Dr. Meese will co-lead program evaluation.

    Katherine A. Meese, Ph.D is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Services Administration at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She also serves as the Director of Wellness Research in the UAB Medicine Office of Wellness, Director for the Center for Healthcare Management and Leadership, and Program Director for the Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Leadership.  She earned her Ph.D in Health Services Administration with a specialization in strategic management from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and joined the faculty in 2020. Dr. Meese has several years of industry experience which encompassed work in ten countries on four continents, including management within a large academic medical center. She has co-authored two textbooks for organizational behavior in health care with Dr. Nancy Borkowski that are used in healthcare management programs across the country. Her research has been published in Anesthesia & Analgesia, Health Services Management Research, Journal of Health Administration Education, Health Care Management Review, and various other journals. Her research interests are in organizational behavior, leadership, well-being, and delivery models that enhance organizational learning.

  • Eligibility & Requirements

    The UAB Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research and Education (COERE), in partnership with UAB Heersink School of Medicine, Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS), and DRIVEN Program, is now accepting applications for the CARES at UAB (Caregiving Affected Research Early-career Scientists). This ‘extra hands’ award opportunity is made possible by a grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and will provide funds for research supplements up to $50,000 to early career physician scientists who have encountered significant challenges to research progress due to caregiving responsibilities caused by COVID-19. In the first round of funding, up to 10 awards will be made to funded researchers for up to a year.

    Preview the Application here

    The initial application cycle will open November 1, 2021 and close December 10, 2021.  Applicants will receive a decision by December 20, 2021 and awards will begin January 1, 2022.

     

    Apply Here

    CARES at UAB Program Scholars Eligibility Requirements:

    CARES ‘extra hands’ supplemental funds will be awarded through competitive, peer-review to funded researchers who meet the requirements listed below:
    a. Is conducting an original and rigorous clinical research project* that has the potential to address a health issue that poses a significant clinical burden (with considerable morbidity and mortality, whether it is a rare or common condition) and that has potential for societal benefit.
    b. Hold an MD, DO, or foreign equivalent degree from an accredited institution. Faculty must be a physician scientist to be eligible to receive funds from this grant.
    c. Is early-career faculty, defined as having a full-time, post-training Instructor or Assistant Professor faculty appointment at Grantee Institution’s medical school. Note that this does not include subspecialty fellows who have been given an instructor title for clinical duties. Associate Professors are eligible only if they have been at this position for one year or less.
    d. Have a minimum of 50% effort allocation to research at the time of application for the supplement.
    e. Demonstrate a compelling, time-sensitive need for the supplement to regain research momentum because of increased family caregiving responsibilities caused by COVID-19. Typically, this would be childcare, partner care, and/or eldercare, but prospective supplement recipients may make the case for other reasonable family caregiving responsibilities.
    f. Have an intra or extramural career development award or research project grant with annual direct costs sufficient to provide both research and salary support. Consideration will be given to faculty conducting research projects supported by School or Departmental start-up funds so long as a minimum of 50% of their effort is already funded for research time.^
    *For this Program, clinical research is defined as the scientific investigation of the etiology, prevention, diagnosis, or treatment of human disease using human subjects, human populations or materials of human origin. Included in the definition are studies that utilize tissues or pathogens only if they can be linked to a patient. Any research conducted as part of the Grant must meet DDCF’s definition of clinical research.
    ^The ‘extra hands’ awards are intended to supplement ongoing research projects; eligible faculty members must have active support for their research projects. The supplements are not meant to be used as bridge funding.

    Uses of CARES at UAB ‘extra hands’ supplemental funds:

    CARES research supplement awards will help address the challenges of achieving research independence for individuals who have faced significant caregiving responsibilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The supplemental funds provided to Program Scholars must be used to further research. Awards are intended to advance the applicant’s research scholarship and productivity. Possible uses of funds include:

    a. Quantitative methodologist (e.g., biostatistician, epidemiologist, research design (BERD))
    b. Qualitative methodologist (e.g., interview guide, coding)
    c. Regulatory and compliance / IRB
    d. Survey development / deployment
    e. Data transformation / management
    f. Scientific writer / editor
    g. Graphic designer
    h. Research assistant
    i. Post-Doc
    j. Doctoral student
    k. Master’s student
    l. Undergraduate student
    m. Other similar ‘extra hands’

    The supplemental funds may not be used for:

    a. Childcare or other family caregiving costs directly.
    b. Research costs, such as supplies or sequencing costs, that would not directly help Program Scholars reclaim their research time. Such costs would be expected to be covered by a Program Scholars’ main research grants.
    c. Program Scholar travel.
    d. Research with animals.



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  • The Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research and Education (COERE), in partnership with the UAB Heersink School of Medicine, is pleased to announce the initial CARES at UAB Awardees. In the first round of funding CARES at UAB made 7 awards to funded researchers, for one year. These “extra hands” awards provide up to $50,000 to early-career physician-scientists who have encountered significant challenges to their research progress and productivity due to caregiving responsibilities caused by the pandemic. Awards are intended to support additional personnel, not directly funded by existing research grants, as a means to augment and accelerate the conduct of projects to increase peer review scholarship and submission of extramural grant awards. The overarching goal of CARES at UAB is to support the retention of early-career physician scientists with caregiving responsibilities in academic research positions, while raising institutional awareness, programs, and fostering a culture that recognizes and supports research faculty who are caregivers.

    CARES at UAB is funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation’s Fund to Retain Clinical Scientists, along with matching funds from the UAB Marnix E. Heersink School of Medicine, as one of 22 programs nationally supported by DDCF and its funding partners — the American Heart Association, the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, John Templeton Foundation, Rita Allen Foundation and the Walden Foundation.

    Awardees include physician-scientists from the Department of Medicine Divisions of Infectious Diseases, Pulmonary, Allergy & Critical Care Medicine, Hematology/Oncology, Preventive Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease and the Department of Pediatrics Division of Hematology/Oncology.

    Ellen Eaton, MD, MSPH, FIDSA
    Ellen Eaton, MD, MSPH, FIDSA
    Associate Professor
    School of Medicine
    Department of Medicine
    Division of Infectious Diseases
    Chao He, MD, PhD
    Chao He, MD, PhD
    Assistant Professor
    School of Medicine
    Department of Medicine
    Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine
    Emily Johnston, MD, MS
    Emily Johnston, MD, MS
    Assistant Professor
    School of Medicine
    Department of Pediatrics
    Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
    Yulia Khodneva, MD, PhD
    Yulia Khodneva, MD, PhD
    Assistant Professor
    School of Medicine
    Department of Medicine
    Division of Preventive Medicine
    Arora Pankaj, MD, FAHA, FASE
    Arora Pankaj, MD, FAHA, FASE
    Associate Professor
    School of Medicine
    Department of Medicine
    Division of Cardiovascular Disease
    Olivia Van Gerwen, MD
    Olivia Van Gerwen, MD
    Assistant Professor
    School of Medicine
    Department of Medicine
    Division of Infectious Diseases
    Grant Williams, MD, MSPH
    Grant Williams, MD, MSPH
    Assistant Professor
    School of Medicine
    Department of Medicine
    Division of Hematology/Oncology
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