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

  • 2019-2020
    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
  • 2018-2019
    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
  • 2017-2018
    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
  • 2016-2017
    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
  • 2015-2016
    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

  • 2014-2015
    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

  • 2013-2014
    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
  • 2012-2013
    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
  • 2010-2011




    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


  • 2009-2010




    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


  • 2008-2009




    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





  • 2007-2008





    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


  • 2006-2007


    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