CAMS:Translational Research Seminar (MSTP 794)

Pittman Center for Advanced Medical Studies
Translational Research Seminar Series

The UAB MSTP sponsors a monthly evening seminar series (CAMS: Translational Research Seminar, MSTP 794), which invites speakers from UAB Heersink SOM and other institutions currently involved in translational research. The CAMS Student Committee oversees the selection of speakers and manages the monthly seminars. This includes speaker confirmations, introductions, and evaluations. 

Meeting Location

Volker Hall, Lecture Room A
1670 University Blvd.
Birmingham AL 35294

Meeting Details

All students are required to attend. The meetings start at 5:30PM. Dinner is served from 5:30PM - 6PM, followed by a presentation. The speaker is introduced at 6PM, and the talk typically is followed by a question and answer session ending by 7PM.


MSTP students in Medical School (i.e., MS1s, MS2s) are automatically enrolled through the SOM pre-clincial course schedule. MS3s and MS4s are required to attend when their clinical schedule is open.

MSTP students in Graduate School (Graduate School tuition being paid - GS1, GS2, GS3, GS4, GS5) register for the course when registeration opens for the term.

Evaluation and Grading

Evaluation is based strictly on attendance. It is the student's responsibility to sign in at each session. Grades will either be a pass or fail for the course. Students must attend at least 90% of the total meetings held, not including the holiday party, in order to pass the course.

Speakers (2021-2022)

  • September 22, 2021: Stefanie Krick, MD PhD
  • October 9, 2021: MSTP Town Hall @ Retreat
  • October 20, 2021: Anindya Dutta, MBBS PhD
  • November 17, 2021: Jackie Zimmerman, MD PhD
  • December 15, 2021: Winter season gathering
  • January 19, 2022: H. Clifford Lane, MD (NIH NIAID)
  • February 16, 2022: Paul Goepfert, MD
  • March 16, 2022: Responsible Conduct of Research: Nicholas Van Wagoner, MD PhD
  • April 13, 2022: Brian Sims, MD PhD
  • May 11, 2022: 2022 Residency Panel Discussion

Schedule Archive


Date Speaker
June  2019 Welcome Week 
August 13, 2019 MSTP Town Hall
MSTP Committees and MSTP Directors
September 12, 2019 Ryan Miller, MD, PhD
Division Director of Neuropathology
October 10, 2019 Nicholas Van Wagoner, MD, PhD
Associate Dean, Medical Student Services
Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases
Rigors and Reproducibility (Part 1)
November 13, 2019 Karen Hardiman, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Surgery
December 3, 2019 William Geisler, MD, MPH
Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases
January 8, 2020 Matt Might, PhD
Director of Preventative Medicine
February 12, 2020 Nicholas Van Wagoner, MD, PhD
Associate Dean, Medical Student Services
Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases
Rigors and Reproducibility (Part 2)
March 11, 2020 Max Cooper, MD
Professor Emeritus (CANCELED)
April 18, 2020 Alan Tita, MD, PhD
Professor, OB/GYN
May 13, 2020 Residency Panel Discussion/Graduation Party


Date Speaker
June  2018 Welcome Week 
August 8, 2018 Craig Hoesley, MD
Sr. Associate Dean of Medical Education
September 12, 2018 Ichiro Nakano, MD, PhD
October 10, 2018 Michael Birrer, MD, PhD
Chair, Comprehensive Cancer Center
November 10-11, 2018 Southeastern Medical Scientist Symposium
Physician Scientist Symposium 
Vanderbilt University
December 5, 2018 December Recruiting Event
January 9, 2019 Maria B. Grant, MD
Eivor and Alston Callahan, M.D., Endowed Chair in Ophthalmology
February 13, 2019 Nicholas Van Wagoner, MD, PhD
RCR Updates and Annual Ethics Review
March 13, 2019 Anoma Nellore, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Infectious Diseases
April 10, 2019 Craig Powell, MD, PhD
Chair, Department of Neurobiology
May 8, 2019 Residency Panel Discussion/Graduation Party


Date Speaker
June  2017 Retreat: Point Clear, Alabama 
August 9, 2017 Natalie Beck
Office of Student Counseling and Wellness Promotion
September 13, 2017 Harrison Walker, MD
Assoc Professor, Neurology
October 11, 2017 Nicholas Van Wagoner, MD, PhD
Assistant Dean, Medical Student Services
Assistant Professor, Infectious Disease
November 18-19, 2017 Southeastern Medical Scientist Symposium
Physician Scientist Symposium 
Emory University
December 7, 2017 December Recruiting Event
January 10, 2018 Jason Paik, MD, PhD
Hematology/Oncology Fellow
Stanford University-Stanford Health Care
February 7, 2018 Trent Tipple, MD
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics-Neonatology
March 14, 2018 Charles Elson III, MD
Professor, Division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
April 11, 2018 Long Zheng, MD, PhD
Endowed Professor, Laboratory Medicine
May 9, 2018 Residency Panel Discussion/Graduation Party


Date Speaker
June  2016 Welcome Week 
August 10, 2016 Herbert Chen, MD
Professor, Chair of Surgery
September 14, 2016 Nicholas Van Wagoner, MD, PhD
Assistant Dean, Medical Student Services
Assistant Professor, Infectious Disease
October 12, 2016 W. Timothy Garvey, MD
Professor, Chair of Nutrition Sciences
November 5-6, 2016 Southeastern Medical Scientist Symposium
Physician Scientist Symposium 
University of Alabama at Birmingham 
December 1, 2016 December Recruiting Event
January 11, 2017 Jeremy Day, PhD
Assistant Professor, Neurobiology
February 8, 2017 Jeanne Marrazzo, MD, MPH
Professor, Division Director Infectious Diseases
March 8, 2017 Joseph Tector, MD, PhD
Professor of Surgery, Director of Xenotransplant Program
April 12, 2017 Ronadip Banerjee, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Endo, Diabetes, and Metabolism
May 10, 2017 Residency Panel Discussion/Graduation Party


Date Speaker
June  2015 Retreat: Downtown Chattanooga, TN 
August 12, 2015 David Pollock, PhD
Professor, Med-Nephrology
September 9, 2015 Seth Landefeld, MD
Professor, Chair-Medicine
October 7, 2015 Mitchel Cohen, MD
Professor, Chair-Pediatrics
November 11, 2015 William Geisler, MD, MPH and Louis Justment, PhD
Professor, Med-Infectious Diseases/ 
Professor, Microbiology and Director, Immunology   
December 9, 2015 December Recruiting Event
January 13, 2016 Jianyi "Jay" Zhang, MD, PhD
Professor, Chair-Biomedical Engineering
February 10, 2016 Ravi Bhatia, MD
Professor, Director-Hematology and Oncology
March 9, 2016 Sumanth Prabhu, MD
Professor, Director Med-Cardiovascular Disease
April 13, 2016  Stefan G Kertesz, MD, MSc
Professor, Med-Preventative Medicine
May 11, 2016 Residency Panel Discussion/Graduation Party


Date Speaker
June  2014 Retreat: US Space and Rocket Center, Huntsville, AL
August 13, 2014 James Willig, MD
Professor, Med-Infectious Disease
September 10 2014 Eben Rosenthal, MD
Professor, Surgery-Otolaryngology
October 8, 2014 Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, PhD
Professor, Nutrition Sciences
November 12, 2014 William Geisler, MD
Professor, Med-Infectious Diseases  
December 10, 2014 December Recruiting Event
January 14, 2015 Warner Huh, MD
Professor, Med-OB/GYN
February 11, 2015 Michael Saag, MD
Professor, Med-Infectious Disease
March 11, 2015 Robin Lorenz, MD, PhD
Assistant Dean of Physician-Scientist Education, Professor, Pathology
April 8, 2015  Jerzy Szaflarski, MD, PhD
May 13, 2015 Residency Panel Discussion/Graduation Party


Date Speaker
June  2013 Retreat
August 14, 2013 Entering Mentoring Advice and Clinical Transitions:
Robin Lorenz MD, PhD and William Geisler, MD
September 11, 2013 ABIM Research Pathways
Amit Gaggar, MD, PhD and ABIM Fellows 
October 9, 2013 Necrotizing Enterocolitis and a Career as a Surgeon-Scientist
Colin Martin, MD
October 26-27, 2013 Southeastern Medical Student Symposium (SEMSS)
UAB Campus
December 11, 2013 December Recruiting Event
January 8, 2014 Dr. Fran Lund, the Charles H. McCauley Professor and Chair of the Department of Microbiology
February 12, 2014 Medicine and Bioinformatics
Seung Park, PhD
March 6, 2014 Second Visit Reception
April 9, 2014  Jerzy Szaflarski, MD, PhD
May 14, 2014 Residency Panel Discussion/Graduation Party


Date Speaker
June  2012 Retreat: Birmingham, AL
August 8, 2012 Entering Mentoring Advice and Clinical Transitions:
Robin Lorenz MD, PhD and William Geisler, MD
September 12, 2012 Alecia K Gross, PhD
Associate Professor, Vision Sciences 
October 10, 2012 Martin Young, PhD
Associate Professor, Med-Cardiovascular Disease
November, 2012 Southeastern Medical Student Symposium (SEMSS)
Vanderbilt, Nashville, TN
December 5, 2012 December Recruiting Event
January 9, 2013 Michelle Fanucchi, PhD
Chair of Environmental Sciences, Associate Professor 
February 13, 2013 Gregory Clines, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Med-Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism
March 7, 2013 Second Visit Reception
April 10, 2013 Christopher Klug, PhD
Professor, Microbiology
May 8, 2013 Residency Panel Discussion/Graduation Party





June 25-26, 2010



July 14, 2010

No meeting


August 11, 2010

Steve Carroll, MD/PhD, Professor of Pathology, Director, Division of Neuropathology

September 8, 2010

Richard Lopez, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine (Hem/Onc), Director, Bone Marrow Transplantation Program


October 13, 2010

SE MD/PhD Conf


November 10, 2010

Amit Gaggar, MD/PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary/Allergy/Crritical Care)

December 8, 2010

Holiday Recruiting Event


January 12, 2011

Bruce Alexander

Professional Development

February 9, 2011

Cancelled for Snow (was Dean Rich)

What SOM are looking for in faculty

March 9, 2011

Second Visit

April 13, 2011

Cliff Harding, Case Western MSTP Director

May 11, 2011

Residency Discussion Panel/Graduation Party


June 11, 2011

New Student Mixer






July 11-12, 2009



August 12, 2009

Mary-Ann Bjornsti, PhD, Professor and Chair of the Pharmacology & Toxicology Department

Career Path - Bridging Basic and Translational Science

September 9, 2009

Steve Rowe, MD,  MSPH, Pulmonary and Critical Care,  Medicine, Pediatric Pulmonology


October 14, 2009

Peter G. Pappas, MD, FACP
Professor of Medicine
Principal Investigator, Mycoses Study Group, Division of Infectious Diseases


November 11, 2009

John Hartman, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Genetics Research Division

December 9, 2009

Holiday Recruiting Event


January 13, 2010

Victor J. Thannickal, MD, Professor of Medicine
Director, Division of Pulmonary,   Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine

February 10, 2010

David Engman, MD, PhD, Professor of Pathology and Microbiology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

March 10, 2010

Christopher Willey, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor,
Department of Radiation Oncology

April 14, 2010

Timothy Ness, MD, Professor and Director, Department of Anesthesiology

May 12, 2010

Residency Discussion Panel/Graduation Party


June 12, 2010

New Student Mixer






August 2-3, 2008



September 10, 2008

Jeff Travers, M.D., Ph.D.

Kampen-Norins Professor of Dermatology

Indiana University

Why you should be in Skin!

October 8, 2008

MD/PhD Panel Discussion


November 12, 2008

Larry DeLucas, Ph.D.

Professor, Optometry

Payload Specialist, Space Shuttle STS-50

Novel Protein Expression and Crystallization Approaches

December 10, 2008

Holiday Party


January 14, 2008

George Howard, Dr.PH.

Professor and Chair, Biostatistics

T2 translational research: moving from the hospital to the community

February 11, 2008

Steve Pogwizd, M.D.

Professor of Medicine

Director of Cardiovascular Biology

Featheringill Endowed Professorship in Cardiac Arrhythmia Research

Cellular and electrophysiological mechanisms of arrhythmias in heart failure

March 11, 2008

Dr. Bill Severson, Southern Research Institute


April 8, 2008

Dr. Erik Roberson, UAB Neurology


May 13, 2008

Residency Tips/Town Hall


June 10, 2008

Annual MSTP Picnic










Robin, Lou, Matt Alder, Nola Jean Ernest, Sarah Whitley

Recruitment Plans & Updates from the MD/PhD Conference


Juan Contreras, MD

Lessons Learned from Pancreatic Islet Isolation and Their Applications to Transplantation


James Meador-Woodruff, MD



Larry DeLucas, OD



Holiday Party


Robert Kimberly, MD

Development of the antibody and what has to happen to move drugs/biologics from research to Phase I to Phase II


Paul Goepfert, MD



George Shaw, MD



2007-08 MSTP Graduates

Residency Discussion


Awards Banquet


Town Hall

July 2008




Speakers '06-07


David Sweatt


Bob Carter


Yancey Gillespie




Recruiting Dinner


Anise Ardelt


Chuck Elson


Devin Eckhoff/PRO


Residency Discussion


Joanne Murphy-Ullrich


Town Hall