CCTS KL2 Scholars

CCTS KL2 Scholars

Current KL2 Scholars

Skidmore.jpgFrank M. Skidmore, MD,
Assistant Professor of Neurology
Division of Movement Disorders

Title of Research:  
Diagnosis of Parkinson Disease using Diffusion Tensor Imaging

Primary Mentor:  
David G. Standaert, MD, PhD, Professor and Chair of Neurology/John N. Whitaker Endowed Chair/ Director, Center for Neurodegeneration and Experimental Therapeutics

Co-Mentors: 
Gary R. Cutter, PhD., Professor of Biostatistics, Head, Section on Research Methods and Clinical Trials, SOPH; George Howard, DrPH, Professor of Biostatistics, SOPH; Adrienne Lahti, MD, Professor of Psychiatry/ Director, Division of Behavioral Neurobiology; and Almeida, Jonas S., PhD, Professor and Director, Division of Informatics, Department of Pathology.

Dr. Frank Skidmore joined the UAB faculty in 2011. The title of his research for the CCTS KL2 Scholar award is, “Diagnosis of Parkinson Disease using Diffusion Tensor Imaging,” with
primary mentor David Standaert, MD, PhD, Professor and Chair of Neurology. Co-Mentors include Gary Cutter, PhD., Professor of Biostatistics; George Howard, DrPH, Professor of Biostatistics; Adrienne Lahti, MD, Professor of Psychiatry; and Jonas Almeida, Professor and Director, Division of Informatics, Department of Pathology.

"I was greatly honored to have the opportunity afforded by this award to pursue research into developing methods to more effectively use brain imaging for clinical purposes.  The award provides an opportunity, but also carries a responsibility to focus on results that will contribute to patients, as well as to engage in and support the University academic community."

Dr. Frank Skidmore specializes in Movement Disorders, particularly cognitive and behavioral manifestations of movement disorders, and also sees complex general neurology cases. He obtained his medical degree from the University of Virginia, and did postgraduate training at Indiana University, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Maryland Medical Center. He is the author of 32 publications and several patents, and his primary area of research interest is developing brain imaging techniques as a diagnostic tools for neurodegenerative conditions such as Parkinson disease, Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, Essential Tremor, and other forms of Parkinsonism, including using imaging as a method to predict onset of cognitive and behavioral change in these disorders. Special interests are developing brain imaging techniques as diagnostic tools for neurodegenerative conditions.

 

Kristen Triebel, PsyD
Assistant Professor of Neurology


Title of Research:  “Medical Decision Making Capacity in Patients with Metastatic Brain Cancer”

Primary Mentor:
  L. Burton Nabors, MD, Professor and Vice Chair of Neurology, Director, Division of Neuro-Oncology

Co-Mentors:  
Daniel C. Marson, JD, PhD, Professor of Neurology, Director, Division of Neuropsychology and Gary R. Cutter, PhD, Professor of Biostatistics  

 Dr. Triebel joined the faculty of the UAB Department of Neurology on September 1, 2008. The title of her research for the KL2 award is “Medical Decision Making Capacity in Patients with Metastatic Brain Cancer,” and her primary mentor is Burt Nabors, MD, Professor and Vice Chair of Neurology, Director, Division of Neuro-Oncology. Co-Mentors include Daniel Marson, JD, PhD, Professor of Neurology, Director, Division of Neuropsychology, and Gary  Cutter, PhD, Professor of Biostatistics. “I am very excited about the dedicated time this CCTS KL2 Scholar Award will afford me to work on this exciting research,” Triebel says.
 
Triebel obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology (2002) from Pittsburg State University and Masters in Art degree in psychology (2005) from the School of Professional Psychology at Forest Institute in Springfield, Missouri. Triebel completed her Doctor of Psychology degree in clinical psychology with an emphasis in adult neuropsychology in 2006 from the School of Professional Psychology at Forest Institute.
 
Professionally, Triebel focuses on geriatric and adult neuropsychology, evaluating and studying patients with a variety of neurological conditions, including Alzheimer's disease, mild cognitive impairment, Parkinson's disease, traumatic brain injury, brain cancer, among others. Dr. Triebel's research focus is on cognitive and functional change in patients with primary and metastatic brain cancer. She is the lead investigator of a study examining decisional capacity in patients with metastatic brain cancer. 
 
 
Timothy Beukelman, MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Dr. Timothy Beukelman is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the UAB Division of Pediatric Rheumatology.  His overall career research goal is to optimize the treatment of juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) using various clinical research methods including retrospective analysis of observational data, prospective observational data collection and analysis, decision analysis, and clinical trials.  His KL2 Career Development Award project is titled, “The Risk of Serious Infection in Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis.”  Dr. Beukelman’s mentors include Ken Saag, MD, MSc, Professor in the Department of Medicine’s Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology, and Elizabeth Delzell, Professor in the School of Public Health’s Department of Epidemiology.
 
In this project, Dr. Beukelman is employing pharmaco-epidemiologic methods to investigate the incidence of and factors associated with serious infections among children with JIA within the Medicaid administrative claims database.  The advent of new biologic therapies for JIA has greatly improved clinical outcomes, but the potential associated increased risk of serious infections due to these new agents is not known.  With the KL2 Award, Dr. Beukelman is addressing this important clinical question and developing expertise in analyzing large observational databases, a skill essential to the further investigation of comparative effectiveness and safety of therapeutics in JIA.
 
 
Todd Brown, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Dr. Todd Brown is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiovascular Diseases.  His project “Variations in Cardiovascular Risk Among Different Clinical Presentations of Metabolic Syndrome in Young Adults” focuses on the association between metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular diseases.  He is mentored by three faculty within the Department of Medicine: Vera Bittner, MD, MSPH, Professor in the Division of Cardiovascular Diseases; Cora Lewis, MD, MSPH, Professor in the Division of Preventive Medicine; and Monika Safford, MD, Associate Professor in the Division of Preventive Medicine.
 
With his KL2 award, Dr. Brown is using data from the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) and the Reasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke (REGARDS) studies to explore how different clinical presentations of metabolic syndrome in young adults impact the development of cardiovascular disease later in life.  At the conclusion of this research, Dr. Brown hopes to design a prospective study investigating different approaches to modifying the metabolic syndrome to prevent the future development of cardiovascular disease.