Opportunities Board

The CLIC Opportunities Board is the go-to resource for members of the translational science community, both within the CTSA Program network and beyond, looking to find (and post!) jobs, training opportunities, internships and sabbaticals relevant to the world of translational science.

  • Plant-derived natural products in medicine and health (L. Walker PhD & I. Khan, PhD, National Center for Natural Products Research, University of Mississippi) Understand role played by botanicals in pharmacology; Lean bioactivities from botanicals; Understand quality, safety & US regulatory issues w/ current botanical supplement products
  • NHLBI/OBSSR Summer Research Training Institute on Randomized Clinical Trials with Behavioral Interventions (Warrenton, VA, Kenneth Freedland, PhD) Identify the unique challenges posed by behavioral randomized clinical trials (RCTs) Select appropriate strategies for enrollment, randomization, and retention of participants Evaluate the quality of behavioral RCTs and interpret their results.
  • Behavioral Treatment Approaches Targeting Executive Function (Drexel University; Evan Forman, PhD) To receive mentored, hands-on training in behavioral treatment approaches targeting executive function including acceptance-based behavioral treatment for weight management
  • Collaborative models of Care (University of Iowa, Dept of Psychiatry; Karin Hoth, PhD) To observe collaborative models of internal medicine and mental health care To develop a working model of primary palliative care in COPD
  • Center for Health Services Research Effective Health Communication Program (CHSR-EHCP) (Vanderbilt; R. Rothman, MD) Understand the basis of health literacy research Learn new methods for addressing low health literacy Expand collaborations for studies related to African-Americans with IBD
  • Applications of Innovative Methods in Health Equity Research: Health, Behavior, and Society Summer Institute (Johns Hopkins; Lisa Cooper, MD, MPH) Understand methods for overcoming challenges to conducting disparities research in underserved communities Learn new tools for data collection around hypertension disparities in African Americans Expand research network for studies related to
  • REACHnet (T. Carton, PhD) Understand the strengths/weakness of PCORnet data for conducting research Examine impact of new approach to conduct patient and stakeholder engagement Develop effective strategies for disseminating results to diverse stakeholders
  • Ochsner health system (E. Price-Haywood, MD, MPH) Understand the use of an integrated health system for conducting research Understand CER and clinical epidemiology on quality, safety Develop effective models for translating research findings into practice (evidence implementation research)
  • Alacare home health and hospice (S. Waits, RN, BSN and Tina Reed, RN) Understand the strengths and limitations of home health care data for conducting health system research; Examine impact of new care plans on patient care and staff workload; Develop effective models for translating research findings
  • Alabama public health institute (N. Dunlap, MD) Learn how public health agencies implement/evaluate programs; Gain experience in linking data from multiple sources to assess the impact risk factors & exposures on health outcomes; Determine impact of health interventions for vulnerable populations
  • Bioethics in underserved minorities/Nat. Center for Bioethics in Research and Health Care (S. Warren PhD, Tuskegee University) Understand the bases of racial/ethnic diversity with special consideration of bioethical debates Design a study that addresses a critical challenge in underserved populations Develop respectful and effective community partnerships to address inequities in health and health
  • High-resolution microscopy (M. Gillespie, PhD, University South Alabama) Core competencies in specific fluorescence imaging Learn how to apply innovative experimental techniques to understand protein interactions & cell dynamics Develop & implement a pilot study using super-resolution microscopy technologies
  • Jackson Heart cohort; community-based longitudinal studies in African Americans (A. Correa, MD, UMMC) Explore the demands inherent to community- based research Design studies on disease pathobiology that inform personalized medicine approaches Learn how to manage and interpret large data sets
  • High throughput genetics/genomics; whole genome sequencing; ENCODE (R Myers PhD, D. Absher PhD, HAIB) Understand key methods for high-throughput genetic and/or genomic assay, with special emphasis on human models Design studies on disease pathobiology that inform personalized medicine approaches Learn how to manage and interpret large data sets
  • Alabama Medicaid research and analytics project (J. Parton, PhD, University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa) Leverage Big Data to produce population-level analyses of health for one-quarter of Alabama’s population Use claims and eligibility level data to define quality of care and health outcomes
  • Rural health, practice-based research (J. Higginbotham, PhD, University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa) Appreciate the opportunities and challenges within Community-based participatory research Understand impact of environment (urban vs. rural) on health and access disparities Develop project that allows community members to participate in research
  • Molecular and clinical nutrition II (Casie Lindsly, PhD, Pennington) Explore interactions between basic & clinical sciences in nutrient effects Outline appropriate experimental approaches for design of molecular research studies Understand gene/environment interactions in maintenance of health/development of disease
  • Special populations, human genetics, and informatics (L. Miele, MD, LSU-HSC) Understand impact of social, economic & environmental factors on disease prevalence Learn culturally sensitive approaches Obtain core competencies in genetics and genomics, including assay techniques & ability to interpret genetic results
  • Advanced pharmacotherapy at Auburn (J. Starr, PharmD, C. Jackson, PharmD, Auburn University) Improve knowledge in pharmacotherapy understand how to implement strategies to increase the use of guidelines and/or best practices in medication selection understand how pharmacy services can be used to reduce medication errors & adverse events
  • Auburn pharmacy health services (K. Braxton Lloyd, PharmD, C. Erwin, PhD, Auburn University) Observe how to improve quality of medication use and reduce costs explore models for conducting HQS research within community pharmacies develop effective models for coordinating medications across multiple providers and pharmacies
  • Advanced cardiovascular imaging and image analysis / MRI research center (R. Amin, PhD, T. Denney, PhD, Auburn University) Understand the issues involved in acquiring cardiovascular MRI data in both humans and animals work with investigators to acquire and analyze cardiovascular MRI data learn to identify opportunities for cardiovascular MRI in translational research
  • Advanced brain network analysis / MRI research center (T. Denney, PhD, G. Deshpande, PhD, J. Robinson, PhD, Auburn University) Learn principals of functional & effective brain connectivity & how to implement them in neuroimaging data; learn the basics of complex network analysis & graph theory; ID opportunities for incorporating brain connectivity into human subjects research
  • Magnetic resonance spectroscopy / MRI research center (A. Bashir, PhD, T. Denney, PhD, Auburn University) Learn the basics of MR Imaging, including the opportunities/ limitations of different MR technologies work w/ investigators to evaluate MR data ID ways to incorporate MRI technology into research w/ special emphasis on human subjects research
  • Drug safety and surveillance (R. Hansen, PhD, J. Qian, PhD, R. Sesek, PhD, D. Umphress, PhD; Auburn University) Understand the application of methods like machine learning to drug safety research and signal detection; develop strategies to apply human factors and systems engineering methods to real-world healthcare problems
  • I-Corps: bridging biomedical innovation and the market (M. Wasko, PhD) Take a biomedical innovation from your research & learn how evaluate its commercial potential & successfully build a business model around your innovation; Develop a go-to market strategy; Qualify to participate in I-Corps Program (up to $50k in funding)
  • UAB/Children’s of Alabama/School of Health Professions (S. Buchalter, MD and L. Hayes, MD) Develop enhanced expertise and experience in quality improvement and patient safety methodology; Develop and Implement a quality improvement and or patient safety project applicable to the Scholar’s interests and care delivery environment
  • UAB/Children’s pediatric simulation center (N. Tofil, MD, MEd) Increase knowledge, hone skills, and practice teamwork in the context of real life patient scenarios; Understand the breadth of care scenarios that are applicable to simulation; Enhance ability to rapidly improve care provision
  • UAB Pharmacoepidemiology and Economic Research (PEER) Unit (M. Kilgore, PhD and J. Curtis, MD, MSPH, MS) Understand problems/limitations of administrative data & methods to minimize these problems; Specify & implement methods to validate claims-based algorithms, link claims to EMR data; Analyze data for a particular project and present results.
  • Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) Network of Integrated Clinical Systems (CNICS) (M. Mugavero, MD, MHSc) Learn benefits of CNICS’ integrated system of clinical/ behavioral/biological data versus other medical records; Understand how to successfully retrieve/critically evaluate/design study w/ CNICS data
  • Phase I clinical trials/public-private partnerships (M. Saleh, MD) Develop knowledge of clinical trial implementation, including feasibility & study design; Work w/ multidisciplinary team to fulfill project milestones; Learn the basic approaches to evaluate safety, to determine a safe dosage range, & to identify side effects.