Pollio is a senior scientist for the Center for AIDS Research in the UAB School of Medicine. He also serves on the editorial boards for Research on Social Work Practice and Social Work with Groups. He received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Virginia, a Master of Social Work degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a doctorate in psychology and social work from the University of Michigan.
Austad is a leader in aging studies; beginning Jan. 1, 2014, he will serve as the scientific director for the American Federation for Aging Research. He also serves on the initial review board for aging grants for the Ellison Medical Foundation, on the external advisory committee at the Mayo Clinic Kogod Center on Aging and the public policy committee for the Gerontological Society of America. He received a bachelor’s degree in English literature from the University of California, Los Angeles; a bachelor’s degree in biology from California State University, Northridge; and a Ph.D. in biological sciences from Purdue University. Austad also writes “On Aging,” a biweekly column for the San Antonio Express-News.
The new 1,600-square-foot Central Alabama High-Field Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Facility is housed in a newly renovated laboratory in the Department of Chemistry. The approximately $3.5 million project is the result of a partnership between the National Center for Research Resources, National Cancer Institute, UAB Health Services Foundation, and the offices of the vice president for Research and Economic Development and the deans of the School of Medicine and College of Arts and Sciences. The facility provides state-of-the-art sensitivity and resolution for biomedical research and drug discovery for treatment of diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, HIV-1, Parkinson’s disease, atherosclerosis, hypertension and diabetes, among others.
The NMR facility technology is also available to researchers outside the UAB campus, including out-of-state investigators and those in industry.
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