Date: Thursday, May 21, 2009

Location: School of Nursing Auditorium, Room G028

Organizers: Drs. Krista Casazza &AMp; David Allison; Nancy Bell, Sarah Peek


As researchers submitting manuscripts, many of us frequently complain about the quality of the reviews that we receive. The ability to review a manuscript well may come with experience, but to my knowledge, postdoctoral scholars and junior faculty, who comprise a large proportion of those reviewing manuscripts do not get ‘training’ on how to review manuscripts early in their career. Further, many scholars continue to review papers the way that they “always have” without truly knowing the quality of their reviews. This event is a combination lecture/discussion workshop on constructing comprehensive, fair reviews of manuscripts. Presenters Dale Benos, Tim Nagy and Kevin Roth, along with panel discussants David Allison, Jose Fernandez, and Richard Kaslow will explore several aspects of manuscript reviewing and strategies for improving the quality of your reviews.

Targeted Audience:

  • Clinical Nutrition Research Center Members; Pre- and Post- Doctoral Fellows
  • Section of Statistical Genetics Junior Faculty; Pre- and Post- Doctoral Fellows
  • School of Public Health Junior Faculty, Pre- and Post- Doctoral Fellows
  • Department of Nutrition Sciences Junior Faculty; Pre- and Post- Doctoral Fellows


The objective of this workshop to provide valuable insight into completing fair, valid, and effective critiques of other manuscripts. After this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the challenges affecting the reviewing process and how as reviewers these challenges can be overcome;
  • Analyze, evaluate, and successfully address mistakes commonly made by reviewers;
  • Strengthen skills as a reviewer and also improve manuscript writing skills.


The videos are restricted to UAB only.

7:45 AM - 8:05 AM   Registration and Continental Breakfast  
8:05 AM - 8:15 AM David Allison, Ph.D.
Krista Casazza, Ph.D.
8:15 AM - 9:00 AM Dale Benos, Ph.D. How to Write a Fair, Effective Review Contact the NORC for Video Access
9:05 AM - 9:25 AM Tim Nagy, Ph.D. Dealing with the Editor as a Reviewer (and as an Author) Contact the NORC for Video Access
9:30 AM – 9:50 AM Kevin Roth, MD, Ph.D. Mistakes Reviewers Make Contact the NORC for Video Access
9:50 AM -10:00 AM BREAK
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Panel:
David Allison, Ph.D.
Dale Benos, Ph.D.
Jose Fernandez, Ph.D.
Richard Kaslow, Ph.D.
Tim Nagy, Ph.D.
Kevin Roth, MD, Ph.D.
Panel Discussion Contact the NORC for Video Access

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Distinguished Speakers

Dale Benos, Ph.D.

Professor & Chair, Department of Physiology and Biophysics

Dale B.Dr. Dale Benos earned his Ph.D. degree at Duke University in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology in 1976. After two additional years of postdoctoral study at Duke, he moved to the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at Harvard Medical School, where he was an assistant professor and then associate professor, and an Andrew W. Mellon Scholar. He joined the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at UAB in 1985. In 1996, Dr. Benos became chairman of the department. The main research objectives of his laboratory are directed toward an elucidation of the molecular basis of the operation of epithelial and astrocyte ion channels and transporters. His laboratory has recently begun investigating the role of ion channels and transporters in human brain tumors. He currently serves as Associate Editor of the Journal of Biological Chemistry, is the series editor of Current Topics in Membranes, and is also editor-in-chief of the series Physiology in Medicine, which is published in Annals of Internal Medicine. He is on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Physiology: Cell Physiology, Biochimica Biophysica Acta, and SHOCK. Dr. Benos recently served as President of The American Physiological Society. He has published over 250 original articles and more than 85 reviews and book chapters. At UAB Dr. Benos has trained over 15 graduate students and 34 postdoctoral fellows. In 2006 Dr. Benos received the prestigious Presidents Award for Excellence in Teaching and was named the UAB Distinguished Faculty Lecturer for 2007.

Tim Nagy, Ph.D.

Professor & Vice Chair for Research, Dept of Nutrition Sciences
Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Body Composition Research

Tim N.Dr. Tim Nagy earned his Ph.D. degree at the University of Utah in 1992. In 1994, he completed his postdoctoral training in Endocrinology at the University of Delaware; in 1996 completed postdoctoral training in Energy Metabolism and Body Composition at UAB. Dr. Nagy directs the Small Animal Phenotyping Laboratory that is a resource for both the UAB Clinical Nutrition Research Center and the UAB Center for Metabolic Bone Disease.

Kevin Roth, MD Ph.D.

Robert and Ruth Anderson Professor & Chair, Department of Pathology
Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Histochemistry and Cytochemistry

Kevin R.Dr. Kevin Roth graduated with highest honors from the University of Michigan and received his MD and Ph.D. in neuroscience from Stanford University School of Medicine. He completed his pathology residency at Washington University, where he served as chief resident in the division of Neuropathology, before joining the Washington faculty. He was elected Lecturer of the Year by the Washington University Medical School classes of 1992 through 1994, and for 7 consecutive years, he received the school’s Distinguished Teaching Service Award. Dr. Roth comes to UAB from the Washington University School of Medicine, where he was a professor in the Division of Neuropathology, Department of Pathology and Immunology, and in the Department of Molecular Biology and Pharmacology. Dr. Roth came to UAB in 2002 as Professor and Director, Division of Neuropathology. In 2006, Dr. Roth became the Director of the Alabama Neuroscience Blueprint Core Center and the Director of the Comprehensive Neuroscience Center. Dr. Roth’s research focuses on the molecular regulation of neuronal cell death. The goal is to understand the role of cell death in normal nervous system development and its significance in neuropathological conditions.


David Allison, Ph.D.

Professor & Director, Department of Biostatistics

David A.Dr. David Allison received his Ph.D. from Hofstra University in 1990. He then completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a second post-doctoral fellowship at the NIH-funded New York Obesity Research Center at St. Luke's/Roosevelt Hospital Center. He was a research scientist at the NY Obesity Research Center and Associate Professor of Medical Psychology at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons until 2001. In 2001, he joined the faculty of the University of Alabama at Birmingham where he is currently Professor of Biostatistics, Head of the Section on Statistical Genetics, and Director of the NIH-funded Clinical Nutrition Research Center.

Jose Fernandez, Ph.D.

Associate Professor & Vice Chair for Education, Department of Nutrition Sciences

Jose F.Dr. José R. Fernández obtained his Ph.D. in Biobehavioral Health from The Pennsylvania State University, training in the genetics of complex traits, working with the three most commonly used models for genetic research: fruit flies, mice, and humans. He continued his academic training at the New York Obesity Research Center at Columbia University as a post-doctoral fellow focusing on the genetics of obesity and receiving specialized training in statistical models to improve the identification of genetic and environmental influences on obesity-related characteristics. Dr. Fernández joined UAB in 2001, bringing special expertise in the application of statistical models to detect genetic influences in obesity-related traits.

Richard Kaslow, MD MPH

Professor, Department of Epidemiology

Richard K.Dr. Richard Kaslow is an internist, board-certified in Internal Medicine, Infectious Disease, and Preventive Medicine with graduate training in epidemiology. As an expert in infectious diseases, he has a special interest in the natural history of HIV-1 infection and has pursued that interest through several cohort studies including a 25-year study of a large gay male population. His research interests include immunogenetic and other host factors in infectious and immunologic diseases (e.g. rheumatic disease, certain cancers); chronic complications of infection; natural history, determinants, and expression of disease following infection and vaccination. He heads the Program in Epidemiology of Infection and Immunity and holds appointments in university-wide centers covering three broad areas: HIV/AIDS, cancer, and arthritis.