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Center for Genomic Medicine Newsletter

February 2017

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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NEWS / ANNOUNCEMENTS
State Of The Center - 2016 And Beyond!
The UAB-HudsonAlpha Center for Genomic Medicine was established in 2014 to promote basic, clinical and translational research in the application of genomic approaches to solving questions related to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease.
Since its inception, the Center has made substantial progress towards the mission and goals of the entities. Click here to read what we've accomplished and what's new in 2017.

Immunotherapy In The Treatment Of Cancer - An Interview With Dr. Buchsbaum
Cancer treatments may involve chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery. But what happens when these efforts are exhausted? What happens when these treatments are no longer effective? This is where researchers like Donald J. Buchsbaum, Ph.D., aim to save lives by providing alternative second-line treatments that previously would not have been options. Dr. Buchsbaum is a Professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Department of Radiation Oncology. He has dedicated his 26 years at UAB to research which relates to experimental therapeutics including the use of antibodies for cancer treatment, investigation of genomics, and its relationship to cancer treatment and outcome.

Dr. Buchsbaum developed a growing interest in immunotherapy in the treatment of cancer and this is where his latest collaboration with researchers at HudsonAlpha evolved. Click here to continue reading. 


Application of Genomic Technologies To Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma
HudsonAlpha researchers, Drs. Sara Cooper and Rick Myers, have partnered with UAB researchers, Drs. Don Buchsbaum, Selwyn Vickers, James Posey, John Christein, Bill Grizzle, Kathy Sexton and several others to apply genomic technology with the goal of improving therapies and outcomes for pancreatic cancer patients. Click here to continue reading.

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. More information
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. More information

XI Annual Scientific Retreat 2016 - Talks, Poster Sessions And More

The XI Annual Scientific Retreat of the Department of Genetics at UAB and HudsonAlpha Institute of Biotechnology was organized over two days in the fall (November 18-19, 2016) at the scenic Lake Guntersville State Park. The retreat began with welcome notes from Dr. Bruce Korf (Chair, Department of Genetics, UAB) and Dr. Richard Myers (President and Scientific Director, HudsonAlpha) and featured talks by faculty, postdocs and graduate students. The keynote lecture was given by Dr. Charles Rotimi, Chief & Senior Investigator from the National Human Genome Research Institute, NIH. Dr. Rotimi’s talk titled “Genomics of Africans and its Diasporan Populations: Implications for Health disparities” was extremely engaging and generated a great deal of discussions.

Talks by faculty, postdoctoral researchers, and students were presented in three sessions on Friday, and one session on Saturday. A three-hour break after the second session facilitated interactions amongst the participants. Dinner was followed by poster session where graduate students and postdoctoral researchers shared their research findings in an informal atmosphere, with leisurely discussions.

The retreat was well attended by students, postdocs, scientists and faculty at both institutions. Nearly 80 members attended Friday.

Following the final session on Saturday, participants shared their responses about the format and quality of the retreat. The responses were overwhelmingly positive and indicated that a similar format should be used for future retreats.


Dr. Bruce Korf Appointed New Editor Of The American Journal Of Human Genetics
The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) is pleased to welcome Bruce R. Korf, MD, PhD, as the incoming Editor-in-Chief of The American Journal of Human Genetics (AJHG), published by Cell Press. Dr. Korf’s term will begin in January 2018. Click here to read more.

HudsonAlpha To Add 100,000 Square Foot Building To Biotech Campus

On December 13, 2016, HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology held a groundbreaking ceremony for 800 Hudson Way, the latest addition to the 152-acre campus. The 100,000 square foot building will foster job growth of several new and expanding life sciences companies, and house the Paul Propst Center for Precision Medicine and components of HudsonAlpha’s research, educational outreach and informatics programs. Click here to continue reading.

To learn more about 800 Hudson Way, visit hudsonalpha.org/800.


FUNDING

UAB-HudsonAlpha Genomic Medicine Training Program 2017:
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: March 15, 2017 
Start dateJune 1, 2017

CCTS Offers Research Vouchers
Applicants may apply for up to $5,000 (direct) to offset expense(s) for clinical and translational research services. Read more.

CCTS Offers Clinical Research Fellowship
Predoctoral students may apply for the CCTS Clinical Research Training (TL1) Fellowship, a mentored research experience that provides skills that will help you stand out from the crowd when competing for residency, academic research, and health leadership positions. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Read more.

CCTS Seeking New K-Scholars
The Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS), the UAB Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research and Education (COERE), and the UAB Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center (MHRC) invite letters of intent for K-Scholar career development awards in Translational Research and Patient Centered Outcomes Research. These opportunities will support Scholars for a period of two years to develop expertise in conducting translational research and enhancing patient care. Selected candidates must commit a minimum of 75% of time to research and career development. Read more.
Letters of Intent for K-Scholar will be accepted until March 6, 2017.
Scholars will start August 1, 2017. 

UPCOMING EVENTS
Join In Recognizing Rare Disease Day 
 
Rare Disease Day Logo Register now for the next Rare Disease Genomics Symposium on March 3, 2017. The event is held at the Bradley Lecture Center at Children's of Alabama on the Friday following Rare Disease Day. The Rare Disease Genomic Symposium is co-sponsored by UAB Department of Genetics, the Heflin Center for Genomic Sciences, Children's of Alabama, and the Center for Clinical and Translational Science. Click here for more information.

SAVE THE DATE!
UAB-HudsonAlpha Center for Genomic Medicine Symposium 2017
Presented by:
The University of Alabama at Birmingham and
HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology
Monday, May 8, 2017
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Jackson Center • Huntsville, Alabama

Registration is free - agenda and registration information to follow.
We look forward to seeing you in May!
www.CenterForGenomics.org

Registration Now Open For Immunogenomics 2017
Make plans to attend the fifth annual Immunogenomics on October 2 - 4, 2017 at HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology in Huntsville, Alabama. This international conference brings together leaders and researchers from around the globe exploring the application of genomic technologies to understand the immune system and development of disease
Register today to reserve your spot and take advantage of early bird savings by June 30. The deadline for abstracts is July 24.

Upcoming HudsonAlpha Research Seminars
The HudsonAlpha Research Seminars bring together experts in genetics, genomics, biotechnology, bioinformatics, medicine and immunology for free, public presentations and debate among the scientific community. Seminars are hosted by researchers at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology from October through May. 
To view upcoming speakers and future schedule, click here.

CONTACTS
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: aida@centerforgenomics.org


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: shaila@centerforgenomics.org

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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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