The UAB Infectious Diseases, Global Health, and Vaccines Initiative was developed to promote advancements in scientific discovery and biomedical research in HIV, HCV, Tuberculosis, Host Defense, and Drug Discovery as part of UAB's AMC 21 Strategic Plan. Over the next five years, the plan includes recruiting up to 50 new research faculty to build on UAB's already strong research efforts in cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity, immunology and transplantation, infectious disease, global health and vaccines, and neuroscience. There is also a push to discover new drugs and a focus on technology with new imaging devices and personalized medicine that would allow patients to sequence their genome and have therapies designed for them. Leaders from the UAB CFAR, the Departments of Microbiology, Pulmonary, Gastroenterology and Medicine are leading this effort in order to develop existing faculty and attract top quality recruits by establishing appropriate infrastructure and support to fully develop these research opportunities. The overarching goal of the AMC 21 plan is to make UAB the preferred academic medical center of the 21st century and ensure that Alabamians have access to the world's best care.
To achieve these objectives, targeted recruitments,upgrading of infrastructure, related symposia and trainings, and RFAs for pilot funds and travel awards are being offered through this initiative. Check the instructions and applications below for more information, including how to apply and deadlines.
ANNOUNCEMENTS and NEWS
Congratulations to students chosen for summer research internships in Durban, South Africa
UAB medical students Alexandria Krauss (MD/PhD program) and Lauren Theiss (MD program) were recently chosen to conduct prestigious research internships in TB at the KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute for Tuberculosis and HIV (K-RITH), in Durban, South Africa. Both students will be working for 6-8 weeks in June-August, 2014 in the laboratory of Andries Steyn, PhD.
NEW RFA FOR SUMMER INTERNSHIP AWARDS AT K-RITH
The SOM Infectious Diseases, Global Health and Vaccines steering committee is pleased to invite applications for Internship awards for summer research in TB at K-RITH. The purpose of these awards is to foster interactions, develop collaborations and promote postdoctoral opportunities between the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and the KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute for Tuberculosis and HIV (K-RITH) in Durban, South Africa. UAB undergraduate, graduate, post-PhD and medical students are invited to apply for this internship at K-RITH. Students must be in good standing.Individuals selected for this program will receive travel funds and a daily allowance from UAB and laboratory expenses will be covered by K-RITH. Download the RFA for more information. The deadline to submit your application is: March 01, 2014. Internships run for 6-8 weeks in July to August, 2014.
The 5th Southeastern Mycobacteria Conference to be held at UAB
January 24-26th, 2014
Visit the meeting website for more information
Two UAB Students Chosen for K-RITH Summer Program
-Jennifer Rowland, graduate student in the Dept of Microbiology, a student in Dr. Michael Niederweis’ lab
-Nicholas Eustace, first year MD/PHD program student.
UAB Faculty receives 2013 K-RITH Pilot Program Travel Funding
Congratulations to Dr. Zdenek Hel, PhD (Assciate Professor, Molecular and Cellular Pathology, Dept of Pathology) on the receipt of a faculty travel award for his project: The role of neutrophils in HIV-1 infection. Dr. Hel will travel for 4 days to KRITH to the laboratory of Dr. Adries Steyn, PhD for work related to this study.
2013 Global Health, Vaccines and Infectious Diseases Pilot Awardees Announced
Congratulations to the recipients of the 2013 pilot awards to stimulate research in global health, vaccines and infectious diseases at UAB. Projects with international components received priority.
2013 PILOT AWARDS RFA
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