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Unique NIH grant enables UAB to pursue underdeveloped area of science UAB received a $10 million, five-year U19 grant to explore adaptive immunity that may improve the protective effects of vaccination.

Adaptive immunity is the response that follows a vaccination, where the body produces, antibodies that can recognize and neutralize a viral infection and “memory cells” that maintain watch against future infections by the same virus.

The focus of the UAB grant — one of eight U19 grants funded by the NIAID — is viral-induced, cell-fate decisions in anti-viral immunity.

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Art Play

New classes for all ages at ArtPlay Opportunities for creative exploration abound in the latest session of classes at ArtPlay, the arts education initiative of UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center. Together Making Music uses songs and simple movements to help toddlers increase their motor skills and physical development. Teens can learn to transform found objects into 3-D masterworks with a new course in Sculpture and Art Installation, while adults can conquer their fears onstage with The Courageous Performer. Other highlights for the new session include cartooning, batik art and the basics of screenwriting. Registration is open now; classes start in January.