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Special Edition 2017 | CGM: $100,000 Grant Opportunity

Welcome to UAB-HudsonAlpha's Center for Genomic Medicine (CGM) quarterly eNewsletter dedicated to keeping you informed about new developments in the Center, including new personnel, new genomic approaches, upcoming events, and ways you can benefit from the Center. Thank you for your continued interest!

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 Center for Genomic Medicine Symposium - May 8, 2017

We are excited to invite you to our annual UAB-HudsonAlpha Center for Genomic Medicine Symposium on May 8, 2017 at the Jackson Center in Huntsville, Alabama. The Symposium will showcase the synergistic partnerships between the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Medicine and the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology.

At the Symposium, you will hear from recipients of our 2016 pilot grants among others. These $100,000 grants were awarded as part of a competitive process announced during last year’s symposium. We are pleased to report that one of the grant recipients has been successful in obtaining a National Institutes of Health R01 grant based on the work begun using pilot grant funds from the Center.

This year we are launching a new granting program which will initiate development of systems and/or diseases oriented working groups, e.g. “Neuroscience”, “Cardiovascular Diseases”, “Autoimmunity”, etc. with the aim to create research projects, which will integrate genetics and genomics and impact the discipline substantially. We anticipate 3 – 4 awards of $75,000 - $100,000 for 1 – 2 years. At the Symposium we will discuss the new granting program and develop the working groups. You'll find the Request for Application in the "FUNDING" section.

In addition, you will have an opportunity to tour the HudsonAlpha facility and use the collaborative space to network with your colleagues.

We look forward to having you at the Symposium!

To view the AGENDA, click here.
To REGISTER, click here.


Request for Application 2017

Background: A core mission of the CGM is to leverage the potential synergy between UAB School of Medicine and the technological infrastructure and expertise at HudsonAlpha to make important contributions in genomic medicine. Over the past two years, the CGM has funded six internal pilot projects led cooperatively by PIs at each institution. This effort has been successful from the perspective of providing a platform for developing new projects, new collaborations, and securing external funding. To further advance the CGM core mission in a way that more broadly benefits many investigators at the UAB SOM, the CGM will initiate a new granting program in which collaborative groups ("working groups") provide leadership and direction.

Expectations and requirements: Collaborative working groups may already exist, or may be developed in response to the new program, and may be organized around systems and/or diseases, e.g. "Neuroscience", "Cardiovascular Diseases", "Autoimmunity", etc. The key requirements for the new granting program are that leadership and scientific/clinical benefit should involve multiple (2 or more) existing research groups, and that the proposal should involve application of genomic infrastructure and technology to an important scientific and/or clinical problem. In most cases, the working group will be comprised of multiple PIs (at UAB and/or HudsonAlpha), and will involve services provided by HudsonAlpha GSL; however, intellectual leadership with regard to design and analysis of genome-scale projects can come from either institution. It is anticipated that 3 – 4 awards of $75,000 - $100,000 will be made per year, for a 1 – 2 year period.


This is intended to serve as a program announcement, to initiate and catalyze development of working groups. Limited funds are available to support development of new groups (e.g. meeting support).

The CGM Symposium, May 8, 2017, will provide a forum and opportunity to further disseminate and discuss the new grant program, and to develop working groups.

A letter of intent from all working groups is required by May 29, 2017, identifying the participants, the communicating PI, and briefly summarizing the goals they plan to achieve. We anticipate 5 – 6 working groups in total; should the number (as reflected by letters of intent) be substantially more, a preliminary evaluation will be carried out, to be completed by June 26.

Full applications will be due Aug. 11, and recipients announced Sept. 15, with funding to begin Oct. 1, 2017.

For application instructions, click here.

UAB-HudsonAlpha Genomic Medicine Training Program:

Selected Postdoctoral trainees will be supported for 12-month appointments and have the ability to receive up to two years of funding based on acceptable progress during their initial year. Postdoctoral trainees will receive a monthly stipend, tuition and fees assistance, health insurance and travel funds. Click here for more information and to apply.
Deadline: The fellowship training program has a submission deadline for applications of April 1 each year; however, we do accept applications year-round as there may be training slots available, depending on funding options for current trainees, and other factors.

The UAB-HudsonAlpha Genomic Medicine Training Program to Offer Two New Seminar Series In 2017:
Genomic Medicine Seminar Series: This bi-weekly seminar series will focus on case presentations or on research seminars related to genomic medicine. The T32 trainees will present their research and their clinical cases from the Genomic Medicine Practicum at this conference along with faculty from UAB and HudsonAlpha. This series will bring together trainees, mentors, and life science experts and provide an excellent platform for debate among participants. The series will be held at UAB and HudsonAlpha alternatively and extended by WebEx to the other site.
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Bioethics Seminar Series: This monthly seminar series is organized and led by Dr. Tom May (HudsonAlpha) and Dr. Mariko Nakano (UAB) and will consist of case presentations and seminars on bioethics issues in genomic medicine.  The series will be held at UAB and HudsonAlpha alternatively and extended by WebEx to the other site.
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Computational Genomics
An Advanced Level Immersion Course for Investigators
May 15-18, 2017 from 8:30 -12:30 p.m. at UAB

This course will provide the end user with a better knowledge of how to analyze their Genomics data using various Linux (command line) based analytical tools. Hands-on activities include analyzing whole genome for causal variants, transcriptome for gene expression, and epigenetics for calling peaks in ChIP/ATAC-Seq.

Click here for more information and to register.

The partnership between the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, formalized in the Center for Genomic Medicine (CGM), combines HudsonAlpha's unique concentration of genomic expertise, technologies and infrastructure with UAB's leadership in academic research and clinical medicine. Under the direction of Drs. Korf, UAB, and Myers, HudsonAlpha, the Center leverages the capabilities of both institutions to facilitate research in genomic medicine and implement new findings into clinical practice. As part of its core mission, the Center also offers a series of educational programs and resources in genomic medicine designed specifically for scientists, clinicians, and researchers. In addition, the Center provides a range of expertise and resources to clinicians and others interested in research and the integration of genomics into medical practice.  
Aida El Kholi Starling, PhDYour POC at HudsonAlpha - Aida Starling, PhD
Aida El Kholi Starling, PhD is a professional with a scientific technical background and a proven proficiency in science management and communications. As the coordinator of the UAB-HudsonAlpha Center for Genomic Medicine, Starling serves as the HudsonAlpha Point-of-Contact for UAB and manages the activities of the Center, which includes the annual Symposium, the annual Request for Applications, the newsletter and the website. She also supports joint applications for sponsored funding opportunities. 

Contact Aida at P: 256.327.5240 or E:

Your POC at UAB - Shaila Handattu, PhD, MBA, PMP
Shaila Handattu, PhD, PMPShaila Handattu, PhD, MBA, PMP, has a scientific background and is experienced in leading and managing complex, cross-functional milestone driven projects. As the coordinator of the UAB-HudsonAlpha Center for Genomic Medicine, she is responsible for the annual Request for Applications, and she works with Dr. Starling in conducting the annual Symposium and the newsletter. She also supports joint applications for sponsored funding opportunities. 
Contact Shaila at P: 205.934.9417 or E:

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About HudsonAlpha: The HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology represents more than $200M of investments in genomics capability made over the past six years, thanks to the generosity of private philanthropists and the state of Alabama. HudsonAlpha is a non-profit organization with the mission to translate the promise of genomics into all practical realms: medical, agricultural, energy and environmental, educational, and commercial. The Institute houses in its facilities a unique blend of nonprofit scientists and for-profit entrepreneurs and corporate leaders who share know-how and challenges across organizational boundaries—an arrangement designed to accelerate commercialization. HudsonAlpha has a unique concentration of genomics expertise, technologies and infrastructure and collaborates and partners with medical schools, research universities and with the global biotechnology industry.

About the UAB School of Medicine: With more than 800 students and 1,200 faculty members, the School of Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham is one of the premiere academic medical centers in the United States. UAB is among the top schools in research funding from the National Institutes of Health and is routinely listed among the best in various national rankings. As the educational arm of UAB Medicine, students, residents and fellows train in a world-class setting; UAB Hospital’s 1,200 beds places it in among the largest hospitals in the country. Doctoral students in UAB’s Graduate Biomedical Sciences Program participate in interdisciplinary thematic programs that integrate more than 25 departments and 20 research centers across UAB. The UAB School of Medicine: knowledge that will change your world.

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