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Profession: I am (name). I’m a (junior at UAB majoring in …)

Interest / Expertise: My interest in this career field is … (why are you interested? What experiences or class projects have led you to the field?)

Types of organizations: I am particularly interested in (company name) because (why? What is unique about the organization that attracts you and makes you a good fit?)

Unique strengths: My strengths include … (targeted to the career field)
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UAB News

  • Study shows how different people respond to aspirin — an important cardioprotective drug
    Understanding how people respond to aspirin is key in terms of knowing who will benefit from it.

    Researchers have learned new information about how different people respond to aspirin, a globally prescribed drug in cardioprotection. The research team, led by scientists at Cardiff University in the United Kingdom and including representatives from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the University of Colorado, identified more than 5,600 lipids — or fats — in blood platelets and gained new insights into how these cells respond to aspirin.

    “Aspirin is a widely used cardiovascular preventive drug and also has an emerging role in cancer treatment and prevention,” said Valerie O’Donnell, Ph.D., Division of Infection and Immunity, Cardiff University, and the study’s lead author. “Understanding how people respond to aspirin is key in terms of knowing who will benefit from it.”

    The findings, published April 28 in Cell Metabolism, are the first comprehensive lipidomic profile of human platelets in response to stimulation and aspirin treatment.

    “Our research shows a new link between energy metabolism and inflammation, as well as giving early insights into the fundamentals of precision medicine regarding the variation of the lipidome among individuals,” said Victor Darley-Usmar, Ph.D., Endowed Professor of Mitochondrial Medicine and Pathology at UAB and a co-investigator on the study.

    Lipids play essential structural roles, act as nutrients, and control a broad range of physiological and pathophysiological events in cells, according to the researchers.

    “While several lipid families are well-characterized at the molecular level, the total diversity and number of unique lipids in cells, how they change during cellular activation, and how they differ in individuals is unknown,” said Darley-Usmar. “This hampers integration of lipidomics into systems biology, and addressing it will improve our fundamental understanding of lipid biology, help identify new drug targets for therapy and discover lipid biomarkers from disease cohorts.”

    “This work led by Professor O’Donnell is a technical tour de force, providing a wonderful resource for other biomedical researchers,” said Mike Murphy, Ph.D., programme leader, Mitochondrial Biology Unit at Cambridge University, U.K. “A particularly important aspect is the focus on platelets, which are readily available from patients’ blood in diagnosis, prognosis or as a biomarker in assessing therapies. In addition to its future use, this work also demonstrated an unexpected link between mitochondrial fat metabolism and platelet activation during inflammation.”

    “Given the importance of aspirin as both a cardioprotective and possible cancer therapeutic, a full understanding of how it regulates platelet lipids will be the focus of a follow-on study with a larger number of volunteers,” said Robert Murphy, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Pharmacology, University of Colorado, and a study co-investigator. “The stability of the global lipidome with age, diet and over time is unknown, and the influence of external factors such as epigenetic control of lipid metabolizing enzymes could be considerable.”

    The research was funded by the European Research Council and Wellcome Trust.

  • UAB undergraduates awarded fellowship to participate in cutting-edge research
    Two UAB students will travel to other institutions and take part in a research project as part of the Amgen Scholars program.
    Jarrod Hicks, left, and Akhil Kaushik

    Two UAB students have been selected for the Amgen Scholars U.S. Program. They will each travel to other institutions to conduct research projects this summer.

    Jarrod Hicks, a neuroscience student in the College of Arts and SciencesDepartment of Psychology and School of Medicine’s Department of Neurobiology, has been admitted to the program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Akhil Kaushik, a biology major in the College of Arts and Sciences, has been admitted to the program at Washington University in St. Louis.

    Both Hicks and Kaushik are students in the UAB Honors College Science and Technology Honors Program. They are the third and fourth students from UAB to be selected for the Amgen Summer Research Scholarship since 2014. 

    Made possible through a 12-year, $50 million commitment from the Amgen Foundation, Amgen Scholars summer program allows undergraduates from across the globe to participate in research opportunities at world-class institutions.

    Undergraduate participants benefit from undertaking a research project under top faculty, being part of a cohort-based experience of seminars and networking events, and taking part in a symposium where they meet their peers, learn about biotechnology, and hear from leading scientists.

    “It is a great honor to have been selected as an Amgen Scholar. While I have had the pleasure of working on a number of neuroimaging research projects here at UAB, this summer I will have the opportunity to learn new research skills and techniques as I engage in computational research of the auditory system in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT,” Hicks said. “Besides providing an avenue to combine my interests in mathematics and neuroscience, the Amgen Scholars Program offers the chance to learn from and work with distinguished scientists. I am proud to have been selected for this program and look forward to this summer with excitement!”

    “Getting into the Amgen Scholars Program to conduct cutting-edge research this summer means a lot to me. After coming into college without any real research experience, I have become extremely appreciative of the training and education from UAB and SciTech Honors Program. It has given me a solid foundation for biomedical research and enabled me to be competitive on the national stage,” Kaushik said. “I am grateful for this opportunity this summer to gain exposure to a new facet of the scientific world and further understand how research and medicine synergize. I will use the knowledge and skills I gain from this experience to give back to the community and scientific world to the best of my abilities.”

  • Department of Ophthalmology to host 2016 Clinical and Research Symposium
    The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine and Department of Ophthalmology will host the 2016 Annual Clinical and Research Symposium on May 13-14 at the Westin Birmingham.

    The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine and Department of Ophthalmology will host the 2016 Annual Clinical and Research Symposium on May 13-14 at the Westin Birmingham.

    Participants will be able to identify approaches to common oculoplastics problems

    encountered by most comprehensive ophthalmologists, understand the advantages and disadvantages of various treatment approaches to glaucoma, and more.

    The symposium will feature two keynote speakers, with Kenneth Cahill, M.D., of The Eye Center of Columbus, Ohio, and Steven Mansberger, M.D., vice chair and director of glaucoma services at the Devers Eye Institute in Portland, Oregon.

    The Westin Birmingham is located at 2221 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. N., Birmingham, AL 35203. The room rate is $159. For reservations, please call (205) 307-3600 and say you are a participant of a UAB-sponsored event, or you can find a link to register online. The room rate is available as long as the supply of traditional rooms lasts.

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