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  • The drug inhibits the activity of a kinase enzyme called LRRK2, and it showed no pathology in rat lungs, kidneys or livers.Andy WestThe first test in a mammalian model of a potential new class of drugs to treat Parkinson’s disease shows abatement of neurodegeneration in the brains of test rats and no significant toxicities, University of Alabama at Birmingham and Pfizer Inc. researchers report online in The Journal of Biological Chemistry. At present, there are no therapies to slow or block the progression of Parkinson’s disease, a common neurodegenerative disorder that affects 7 million to 10 million people worldwide. The rat model...

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Outstanding Student Presentation 

Ms. Jun Chen, Chemistry Graduate Student, won Outstanding Student Oral Presentation at the 2014 Materials Research Society (MRS) meeting in Boston, MA. This is a prestigious and highly competitive award given for excellent results in her most impressive presentation of pH-Responsive Hydrogel Cubes for Release of Doxorubicin in Cancer Cells. UAB Department of Chemistry, as well as Ms. Jun's mentor, Dr. Eugenia Kharlampieva, are very proud of Jun.

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Michael Longmire,
junior year Chemistry major, received the Sigma Xi award at the Southeastern Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society in November, 2012. Read more>> 


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Chemistry Major Honored,
Simone Ridgeway, a senior majoring in chemistry and minoring in Japanese and an honors student in the Science & Technology Honors Program, recently participated in Minority Access' 13th National Role Models Conference in Orlando, FL (Sept 28-30, 2012). Simone placed second winning a $1500 cash prize. She also received the 2012 National Student Role Model Award, which recognizes minority students who have excelled while maintaining an outstanding academic record. Ms. Ridgeway's research mentor is Dr. Jeonga Kim, Dept of Medicine, UAB.