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  • Roberson wins prestigious Denny-Brown award from American Neurological Association

    UAB’s Roberson wins young investigator award from the American Neurological Association.

    Erik Roberson, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Neurology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, is the winner of the 2015 Derek Denny-Brown Young Neurological Scholar Award from the American Neurological Association.

    The award, considered the ANA’s highest and most prestigious, recognizes early- to mid-career neurologists and neuroscientists who have made outstanding basic and clinical scientific advances toward the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure of neurological diseases.

    Roberson’s primary research focus is Alzheimer’s disease, in particular the role of tau reduction in protection against memory loss. Roberson and his colleagues were also the first to show that tau plays a critical role in regulating neuronal excitability, which could have applications in the treatment of many neurological conditions with seizures. He has also contributed new insights into mechanisms and therapeutic approaches to frontotemporal dementia.

    Roberson graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University and completed his M.D./Ph.D. training at Baylor College of Medicine. He was chief resident in neurology at the University of California at San Francisco. He joined the faculty at UAB in 2008 with appointments to the departments of Neurology and Neurobiology. He holds the Spencer Endowed Professorship in Neuroscience. He is a co-director of the UAB Center for Neurodegeneration and Experimental Therapeutics and has recently been appointed co-director of the McKnight Brain Institute at UAB.

    “Dr. Roberson is recognized nationally and internationally for his expertise in Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders,” said David Standaert, M.D., Ph.D., professor and chair of the UAB Department of Neurology. “I think Dr. Roberson is one of the leading neuroscientists of his generation. He is exceptionally bright, very well trained and, most importantly, fully committed to his goals.”

  • UAB ranks in top 150 in list of world universities
    The Center for World University Rankings, based in Saudi Arabia, ranked schools based on eight indicators, including the recognition received by alumni and faculty.
  • UAB gears up for National Preparedness Month
    During National Preparedness Month, UAB urges individuals to have their own personal preparedness plans.

    Winter weather safety demonstration

    • Sept. 8, 11 a.m., NP 2nd floor atrium
    • Sept. 8, 9 p.m., NP 2nd floor atrium
    • Sept. 9, 11 a.m., Callahan Eye Hospital
    • Sept. 9, 5 p.m., UAB Highlands, cafeteria
    • Sept. 10, 11 a.m., UAB Highlands, cafeteria
    • Sept. 11, 11 a.m., Kirklin Clinic, 2nd floor

    September is National Preparedness Month, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham is highlighting the need for each individual to have his or her own personal plans in place for coping with emergency situations.

    “Federal, state and local governments spend a lot of time on emergency planning, as do we at UAB,” said JVann Martin, director of Emergency Management for the UAB Health System. “But individuals need to have a personal plan for themselves and their families. Our efforts during National Preparedness Month are geared at helping faculty, students and staff access the resources they need to establish their own personal preparedness plans.”

    Each week in September will focus on a different topic. Handouts and information on online resources will be available at booths on campus. Social media messaging will reinforce each topic and provide a guide to resources. Follow #ReadyUAB.

    Digital tools for personal preparedness

    • Sept. 28, 11 a.m., NP, 2nd floor atrium
    • Sept. 28, 9 p.m., NP, 2nd floor atrium
    • Sept. 29, 8 a.m., Callahan Eye Hospital
    • Sept. 29, 5 p.m., UAB Highlands, cafeteria

    Winter weather safety will be the focus of the week of Sept. 8-11, followed by hurricane and tornado preparedness during the week of Sept. 14-18. Dealing with long-term utility outages is the focus of the week of Sept. 21-25. The final week of the month will feature a look at digital tools for personal preparedness, such as websites, apps and SMS messaging.

    UAB has several tools to assist in managing personal preparedness, including the B-Alert emergency notification system, Rave-Guardian personal safety application and the emergency management website, www.uab.edu/emergency. Other valuable sites include the federal government site www.ready.gov and the state site www.readyalabama.gov. The National Library of Medicine features a digital go-bag with dozens of disaster and emergency apps at www.disaster.nlm.nih.gov/apps.

    The month’s activities will wrap up with a lecture by Lisa Craft McCormick, Dr.Ph., associate professor in the UAB School of Public Health, on “Preparing for the Psychological Distress of a Disaster,” at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, in Margaret Cameron Spain Auditorium.

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