Program Announcement
We are pleased to announce that Alan K. Percy, M.D., will serve as interim director of the Civitan International Research Center (CIRC) along with Lucas Pozzo-Miller, Ph.D., who will serve as interim scientific co-director. Dr. Percy is recognized nationally and internationally for his achievements in the clinical aspects of neurodevelopmental and related disorders, while Dr. Pozzo-Miller is an accomplished researcher in the basic and translational sciences of autism and intellectual disabilities. Both have extensive expertise in the study of Rett syndrome.

Please join us in congratulating Alan and Lucas on these appointments.

Yours sincerely,
Dick Marchase and Selwyn Vickers
Wiregrass Homeschool Civitan
By Bob Shepard
With a new state-of-the-art full-body magnetic resonance imaging scanner, the University of Alabama at Birmingham opened the Civitan International Neuroimaging Laboratory in UAB Highlands Hospital. The facility is supported by Civitan International, an organization of volunteer service clubs around the world, dedicated to helping people in their own communities.

Investment in the lab includes $3 million for the 3T MRI, the fastest scanner for human use, along with $1 million for renovation of the space. The lab has 5,000 square feet of space to support advanced MRI research and clinical MRI imaging.

The lab officially opened during a ceremony at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, March 3, 2016 at the lab on the first floor of UAB Highlands.

The lab’s imaging equipment will be used for both research purposes and patient care in conditions such as autism, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, schizophrenia, macular degeneration, spinal cord injury, glioma, ALS and traumatic brain injury.