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Powerhouse team of cancer researchers joins UAB The addition of Ravi Bhatia, M.D., and Smita Bhatia, M.D., underscores UAB’s commitment to being among the nation’s elite research-intensive academic medical centers.

“Their strengths will help propel UAB as a leader in basic and outcomes research and will put us closer to better medical therapies,” said Selwyn Vickers, M.D., senior vice president for Medicine and dean of the School of Medicine.

“Competition among AMCs nationally is more intense than ever, and it is not enough to simply keep pace and maintain; UAB must continually excel, innovate and grow,” said President Ray Watts.

Improving health of Woodlawn at the heart of new partnership



Replacing the wheelchair A collaboration between UAB health experts and a veteran designer of automotive seating has created a new approach to patient mobility. Movi is a lift chair with a battery-powered motor that allows patients to get into and out of a seated position far more easily. Other innovations, including an integrated footrest that slides out of the way when the chair is raised and tires designed for low rolling resistance, are designed to minimize injuries to patients, family members and hospital staff.

By reducing the fall risk inherent in traditional wheelchairs, Movi could be especially helpful in keeping older patients mobile during a hospital stay. It could also be very valuable in the skilled-nursing facility environment, and even at home for elderly individuals with mobility issues, UAB experts say.