Employee of the Month

Karen Caton has been selected as the Department of Medicine Karen CatonEmployee of the Month for October 2014!     Karen is a Personnel Generalist in the Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology. She was notified by Jason Daniel, DOM Executive Administrator, and LaKisha Mack, DOM Operations Administrator. Read more...

Cynthia Brown appointed Director of the Comprehensive Center for Healthy Aging

cynthiabrownCynthia J. Brown, MD, MSPH, Associate Professor of Medicine and director of the Division of Gerontology, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care, has been chosen as Center Director effective April 1, 2014. The Comprehensive Center for Healthy Aging was established in 1976, and encourages and coordinates the activities of the multiple disciplines represented by the UAB schools of business, dentistry, education, engineering, health professions, joint health sciences, medicine, nursing, optometry, public health, and the college of arts and sciences to fulfill its mission. Membership includes more than 220 faculty members representing all schools across the UAB campus. CCHA programs and activities encompass three broad areas:

  • Optimizing Function
  • Enhancing Management of Illness
  • Improving Health for all Older Adults

Dr. Brown, who was recently appointed director of the Division of Gerontology, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care, has been a scientist in the center since her arrival at UAB in 2003. She was appointed an Associate Center Director for Geriatric Rehabilitation and Interprofessional Education in 2013. Dr. Brown is PI of the R01-funded Study of Aging and a VA Scientific Merit award. She is a Section Editor of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, the premier geriatric medicine journal. Dr. Brown chairs the VA Rehabilitation Research and Development Career Development Award study section. A number of multi-investigator extramural awards have been supported by the center, with UAB serving as one of 4 McKnight Brain Institutes, one of 7 Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research (Deep South RCMAR), one of 8 Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC)-designated National Palliative Care Leadership Centers, one of 10 Roybal Centers, and one of 19 VA Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Centers (GRECCs).

By 2030 it is anticipated that 20% of the Alabama population will be 65 years of age or older, mirroring the US population. Under Dr. Brown’s leadership, the UAB Comprehensive Center for Healthy Aging is well poised to help meet the challenges anticipated to face our nation over the next two decades through research, education, community programs, and specialized care.

We know you will join us in congratulating Dr. Brown for her new role. We look forward to many more successes from CCHA and across UAB’s research enterprise.