UAB's Physical Education program has changed its name to Kinesiology, and courses now will carry a KIN prefix to reflect the program's name change.
UAB's Physical Education program within the Department of Human Studies in the School of Education has changed its name to Kinesiology.

Physical Education courses now will carry a KIN prefix to reflect the program's name change, and students should review options under that designation when registering. Only the name has changed; Kinesiology offers the same degrees and concentrations offered through the Physical Education program.

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UAB named to national pulmonary fibrosis care network
UAB named to national pulmonary fibrosis care network
UAB has been selected to join the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation Care Center Network.

lungThe University of Alabama at Birmingham has been added to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation Care Center Network as part of a major expansion of that network. The PFF announced the selection of 12 new sites to join the original nine sites selected in 2013.

The PFF Care Center Network, which now boasts 21 sites in 20 states, comprises the leading medical centers with specific expertise in treating interstitial lung diseases and pulmonary fibrosis, a group of lung disorders including idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), that often are difficult to diagnose and manage and that are associated with survival rates of less than five years following diagnosis in certain diseases.  

The UAB Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine, under the leadership of division director Victor Thannickal, M.D., has become a leading research and clinical care site for pulmonary fibrosis. The division’s research programs include multiple NIH-funded grants, including a program project grant focused on developing novel therapies for IPF, that have grown to almost $4 million per year. The Interstitial Lung Disease clinic in The Kirklin Clinic now follows as many as 500 patients, with an estimated 200 new patients per year.

“Due to the geographic location of UAB, the growth of the research enterprise and the availability of new drugs to treat IPF, we are seeing patients referred to us from Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida and even from more distant regions in the United States,” said Joao de Andrade, M.D., director of the UAB ILD Program. “The selection of our program to become a member of the PFF Care Center Network is another recognition of UAB as a national center of excellence in ILD.”  

The UAB ILD Program is organized around a multidisciplinary and patient-centered model. Four physicians, one nurse manager and three research coordinators are fully dedicated to ILD patients. The program has lasting and productive collaborations with colleagues in the departments of Radiology and Pathology and the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at UAB. In addition to providing excellent clinical care, the program offers patients access to novel therapies and participates in the education of the next generation of pulmonologists.

“As the leading advocate for the pulmonary fibrosis community, we are dedicated to advancing the care of people living with this deadly disease, and this starts with providing greater access to experienced care teams,” said Gregory P. Cosgrove, M.D., chief medical officer of the PFF. “Working together, institutions within the network will identify and share best practices, which foster better care and ultimately enable more institutions that embrace these practices to be certified as PFF Care Center sites.”

As part of the selection process, a panel of peer reviewers, comprising current members of the PFF board of directors, medical advisory board, PFF Care Center Network and PFF Patient Registry Steering Committee, reviewed and scored applications. 

“When selecting sites to add to the PFF Care Center Network, we consider a center’s specific programs and its geographic location in order to best serve the needs of the broader pulmonary fibrosis community,” said Kevin Flaherty, M.D., M.S., chair of the steering committee of the PFF Care Center Network. “The new centers selected provide the highest-quality patient care and an individualized approach to treatment in accordance with best evidence-based recommendations. We welcome these new centers and look forward to continuing to expand the network in the coming year.” 

The PFF Care Center Network uses a multidisciplinary approach to deliver comprehensive patient care, forming specialized care teams comprising experts in interstitial lung disease in pulmonary medicine, rheumatology, radiology and pathology. This multidisciplinary approach is critical to managing a complex disease like PF and ensuring people with PF receive an accurate diagnosis, obtain quality clinical care and acquire important support services. 

The institutions newly certified as PFF Care Center Network sites:

  • Inova Fairfax Medical Campus
  • Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota
  • Medical University of South Carolina
  • New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center and New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center
  • Piedmont Healthcare
  • The University of Arizona Interstitial Lung Disease Program at the University of Arizona Medical Center-University Campus in Tucson
  • The University of Kansas Hospital
  • Tulane University School of Medicine
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis

Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is a condition in which, over a period of time, lung tissue becomes thickened, stiff and scarred. The development of the scar tissue is called fibrosis. As the lung tissue becomes scarred and grows thicker, the lungs lose their ability to transfer oxygen into the bloodstream. As a result, the brain and other organs do not receive enough oxygen. In some cases, doctors can determine the cause of the fibrosis; but in many cases, there is no known cause. When the cause of the fibrosis is unknown (and certain pathologic or radiographic criteria are met), the disease is called idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis or IPF. There is no cure for IPF. Presently, there are two FDA-approved treatments for IPF in the United States. 

UAB’s online accounting program in top 10 nationally
UAB’s online accounting program in top 10 nationally
Collat School of Business online degree program receives more national recognition.

businessonline insideThe Master of Accountancy online degree at the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Collat School of Business has been ranked among the top 10 programs of its kind, according to a list released this month by www.online-accounting-degrees.net.

This ranking is the second national accolade the program has received this year after being recognized as 17th in U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 Best Online Programs rankings.

Programs included in the 2015 top 30 online master’s in accounting degree rankings are selected based on accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business and recognition by the most respected college-ranking authorities: Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, and Academic Ranking of World Universities. UAB’s program is ranked No. 10.

The online Master of Accountancy program at UAB is designed for experienced professionals with a strong knowledge base in accounting and business. Students further their understanding of core competencies, and they also have the opportunity to advance skills in communication, interpersonal relationships, accounting technologies and applied research. Students without an accounting background can approach the Master of Accountancy online as a bridge program. Students are able to obtain formal accounting knowledge without a commitment to an additional bachelor’s degree.

The online degree is an extension of UAB’s on-campus programs, and a key component of the online program is providing students with the same academic rigor and personalized instruction they would receive in UAB’s traditional classrooms.

Pittet to become editor-in-chief of Anesthesia & Analgesia
Pittet to become editor-in-chief of Anesthesia & Analgesia
Jean-Francois Pittet, M.D., professor in the Department of Anesthesiology, will take on the role of editor-in-chief of the flagship journal of the International Anesthesia Research Society, Anesthesia & Analgesia, in March 2016.

PittetJean-Francois Pittet, M.D., professor in the University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Anesthesiology, will take on the role of editor-in-chief of the flagship journal of the International Anesthesia Research Society, Anesthesia & Analgesia, in March 2016.

The International Anesthesia Research Societyis a nonpolitical, not-for-profit medical society founded in 1922 to advance and support scientific research and education related to anesthesia, and to improve patient care through basic research.

Pittet is a veteran educator and researcher in the fields of critical care, trauma and perioperative medicine. In the position of editor-in-chief of A&A, Pittet will set the tone and editorial direction of the 93-year-old journal, the oldest in the specialty of anesthesiology.

A 1977 graduate of the School of Medicine of the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, Pittet completed his postgraduate training in anesthesia and critical care medicine in Switzerland and worked as a clinician-scientist at the universities of Lausanne and Geneva.

In 1990, Pittet joined the Cardiovascular Research Institute at the University of California–San Francisco for a two-year fellowship and then, in 1992, the UCSF Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine. In 2010, he was recruited to the Department of Anesthesiology at UAB, where he is the David H. Chestnut Professor of Anesthesiology and vice chair/director of the Division of Critical Care and Perioperative Medicine.

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