The Pediatric Research Office (PRO) supports those conducting pediatric research at Children's of Alabama by providing expertise and connections to resources. For assistance or to learn more, please contact Cheryl Perry, PhD, PRO Administrative Director.

Requesting Clinical Research Data

Pediatric Faculty Expertise Database

Funding Opportunities

Financial Information, Forms and Budgets

Proposal Development and Boilerplate

Conducting Research

About the Pediatric Research Office

Requesting Clinical Research Data

For clinical research data requests, please contact Eric Macomb, the PRO Informaticist. He will work with the COA Portal to ensure that your request is handled in a timely manner.

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Pediatric Faculty Expertise Database

The PRO compiles a Pediatric Faculty Expertise Database that includes DOP faculty information on scholarly and/or research interests; interest in mentoring students, residents, fellows and post-docs; and research involvement as measured by number of publications and current funding. It is updated annually and was last updated during the Summer of 2022. The database is stored on a password-protected UAB SharePoint site - which requires use of your BlazerID and strong passwordOnce you login, you will see a read-only copy of the database. Each row is a record and columns can be viewed by using the scroll bar at the bottom of the screen. The database can be filtered by clicking on the down arrow next to a column header. To search by keyword, use Ctrl+F and type your term in the Find: box on the the screen. If you have any questions or problems, please contact

If you are interested in looking for research or collaborators at UAB, but outside of the Department of Pediatrics, visit Scholars@UAB

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Funding Opportunities

Internal Funding Opportunities

Federal Funding Opportunities

Pivot-RP Global Search for Funding Opportunities

  • access information by using "login from my institution" drop-down and selected University of Alabama at Birmingham. Then enter your BlazerID and strong password. Finally, create a Pivot account.

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Financial Information, Forms and Budgets

UAB Information 

Information Specific to Pediatric Research

Cognizant's Shared Investigator Platform (SIP)

SIP may be used by industry sponsors to advance research projects. As instructed by the UAB Clinical Trials Administration Office, the Department of Pediatrics has a profile developed with UAB information. Additional guidance for getting started with SIP is available here.

  • Which facility do I choose for my user profile?
    University of Alabama at Birmingham - School of Medicine

  • Which department do I choose for my user profile?

Do not develop a new UAB facility or Pediatrics department profile in SIP. If you need to add information to the Pediatric departmental profile, please send a request to Melissa McBrayer

Do not develop a SIP profile for Children’s of Alabama. Research at Children’s of Alabama is conducted by UAB faculty and staff under legal agreements and regulatory oversight of UAB (Office of Sponsored Programs, Institutional Review Board, etc.). Children’s of Alabama is a performance site and not the entity with whom industry sponsors have legal agreement.

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Proposal Development and Boilerplate

Pediatric Research-related Boilerplate Information

  • includes information on UAB, the School of Medicine, the Department of Pediatrics and all Pediatric Divisions; Childrens of Alabama (COA), the Child Health Research Unit and COA Research Pharmacy; UAB Hospital and the Women and Infants Center; and other Centers

Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) 

  • The CCTS was established in 2008 and is funded by a Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (National Institutes of Health grant UL1TR003096). It is one of more than 50 CTSA programs nationwide and the only CTSA in Alabama. Visit the site for training, reseach implementation and grant-writing resources.

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Conducting Research

New Research Coordinator? View on-boarding document and email Melissa McBrayer in the PRO. 

QI Research? Visit the Pediatric Office for Improvement Science (POISE) website or email the co-directors.

Epic and COA Clinical Research 

COA Investigational Pharmacy

Compassionate Use Agreements

  • PIs considering a compassionate use agreement must first email Nancy Corona of COA.

UAB OnCore and Clinical Billing Review (CBR) Fiscal Approval Process

  • Protocols that contain UAB Health System clinical billables will require CBR review for the Fiscal Approval Process (FAP) and an OnCore calendar may be needed.

  • Complete the information, as applicable, in the REDcap form found here. This form contains questions that were formerly submitted via the CBR workbook, the Oncore Calendar Services REDCap request form, and the CCTS Clinical Support Registration form. 

  • Department of Pediatrics' clinical billables (e.g. professional read fees for EKG, EEG; Simon Sedation physicians; echocardiography for research, etc.) will continue to be processed through the Pediatric Business Office (see COA Research Pre-Registration Form for instruction.

Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) Library.  Use template SOPs (drafts) and tailor for your research area.

Guidance page for registration requirements.

Need IRB consent forms in Spanish?  Email for latest information on UAB-approved translation contractors.

About the Pediatric Research Office (PRO)

RS28789 RS28789 David Kimberlin 6 original scrThe UAB Department of Pediatrics established the Pediatric Research Office (PRO) in 2015 to renew its commitment to the generation of new knowledge in the diagnosis, treatment, and sequelae of pediatric diseases. Building upon a tradition of accomplishment illustrated by consistent rankings within the top 20 (and often top 10) of pediatric departments in terms of NIH research funding, the PRO seeks to “lower the energy of activation” in the design, conduct, and analysis of research conducted within Children’s of Alabama. This allows our physician-scientists to focus on the science of the research while relying on the highly skilled PRO staff to assist with the regulatory, biostatistical, data management, and other components key to the successful conduct of pediatric investigation (described below). By providing this support, the PRO accelerates our research to go farther faster, enhancing the overall funding prospects for pediatric research at UAB, and thus expanding medical options for the children of Alabama and beyond.

David W. Kimberlin, MD
Vice Chair for Clinical and Translational Research, Department of Pediatrics

Cheryl Perry, PhD, PRO Administrative Director - serves as primary interface for office and oversees provision of assistance as well as development of resources. For assistance with one or more of the areas below, please contact her by email Cheryl Perry or phone 205-934-5531.

Eric Macomb, PRO Informatics - supports data retrieval from data warehouse or clinical programs for feasibility assessments, preliminary data, research protocols, etc. and ensures proper oversight of data requests for research.

Melissa McBrayer, PRO Research Grants and Training - provides consultation and assistance with the development of research and career development applications, collaborates with UAB study coordinators and COA research administration to support pediatric research implementation, and serves as a speaker on relevant topics.

Inmaculada (Chichi) Aban, PhD, Professor of Biostatistics - provides assistance with sample size assessment, study design, biostatistical analysis planning, DSMB reports, final analyses at end of study, and final study report generation. Data sets should always be coded, so that the data is deidentified before analysis. Chichi also oversees additional biostatistics faculty and graduate students providing consultation to pediatric investigators.

Susan Branscum, Clinical Trials Administrator (Regulatory) - provides consultation and assistance with IRB applications and regulatory documents.

Emily Mixon (Data Management) - provides consultation and assistance with data collection and database development and management (TeleForm, SAS, EpiInfo, REDCap), data analysis and modeling, and provides training in these areas.

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