"Good News" - December 15, 2014

The Good News for the Week of December 15. pdf

The Office of Research and Economic Development has awarded $2,500 each to Drs. Monica Baskin (Preventive Medicine), Elizabeth Kvale (Gerontology, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care), Julie Locher (Gerontology, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care), Lufang Zhou (Cardiovascular Disease), and 20 other UAB faculty to support collaboration among UA System Institutions in generating proposals for external funding.  

Marianthe Grammas, MD (Gerontology, Geriatrics, & Palliative Care) was featured in the December 2014 issue of the Alabama Power Energizers newsletter for retirees where she shared expert advice on aging well and the shingles vaccine.

Drs. Chad Steele (Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care) and Alex Szalai (Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology) organized the first PhD Town Hall Meeting to discuss ways DOM can support the ongoing work of this important group of faculty.

Jessica Merlin, MD, MBA (Infectious Diseases) received a K-Award from the NIMH to develop behavioral interventions for chronic pain in individuals with HIV.

Dr. Chad Steele will study immune responses that contribute to the severity of asthma in individuals who are sensitive to environmental fungi with the support of a $1.75 million grant from the NHLBI.

The American Geriatrics Society Board of Directors has conferred fellowship status on Cynthia Brown, MD, MSPH (Director, Gerontology, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care). 

Jennifer Pollock, PhD (Nephrology) received the 12th Bodil M. Schmidt-Nielsen Distinguished Mentor and Scientist Award from the American Physiological Society for her contributions to physiological research and her mentoring of junior physiologists. 

Jeremey Walker, a medical student at the Huntsville campus, has been recognized with the Southern Society of Clinical Investigation Young Investigator Award. Jeremey has been invited to give a plenary presentation at the Southern Society of General Internal Medicine meeting in February 2015.

Lisa Willett, MD (Tinsley Harrison Internal Medicine Residency Program Director) has been selected to serve as Vice Chair for Education in the Department of Medicine.

Do you have Good News to share? If so, please email the Department of Medicine's Director of Communications, Carolyn Walsh.



"Good News" - December 8, 2014

The Good News for the Week of December 8. pdf

Residents 100% Matched to Fellowships! The Tinsley Harrison Internal Medicine Residency Program is very proud of its 2015 graduates. Each of the 23 residents who were pursuing fellowship training was successfully matched this year. Congratulations!

UAB has received a $10 million, five-year grant to explore adaptive immunity—the response that follows a vaccination. Troy Randall, PhD (Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology) is the principal investigator of this multi-institution grant.

UAB and Alabama State University received a $1.5 million NIH grant to help reduce cancer health disparities among minorities. The project will be led by UAB’s Upender Manne, PhD, MS (Pathology) and Isabel Scarinci, PhD (Preventive Medicine).

Jessica Merlin, MD, MBA (Infectious Disease) has been selected as one of Hospice and Palliative Medicine’s Inspirational Leaders Under 40 by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

Victor Thannickal, MD (Pulmonary/Allergy/Critical Care) has been appointed Vice Chair for Strategic Planning in the Department.

Ken Saag, MD, MSc (Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology) has been appointed Vice Chair for Faculty Development in the Department.

Do you have Good News to share? If so, please email the Department of Medicine's Director of Communications, Carolyn Walsh.