"Good News" - October 20, 2014

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Tinsley Harrison Internal Medicine Program’s preliminary results show a 95% pass rate for those taking the August ABIM exam!

Division of Cardiovascular Disease Director Sumanth Prabhu, MD, and Dr. Ameen Ismahil’s research on the role of the cardiosplenic axis in heart failure has been selected as a 2014 Best Manuscript by Circulation Research. Their article is one of five papers that will be recognized this year. Read the UAB News feature here.

2014 UAB Medicine “Stephens Quality Week”
We are proud of these award-winners recognized for their exceptional delivery of health care!

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The Coronary Care Unit and the UAB Heart and Vascular Clinic at Acton Road won the Patient Centered Award for highest HCAHPS/CGCAHPS and Press Ganey overall mean scores.
·         Estella Woods (Palliative Care) won 1st Place for her education storyboard “Improving Adult Admission and Adult Admission History.”
·         Nancy Holes Norris and Leighton Jones (Hematology and Oncology) won the People’s Choice storyboard “Our Story: Decreased Medication Errors.”
·         9-South won the Most Effective Unit for the fewest failures across the CMS inpatient core measures.
·         General Internal Medicine won the High Reliability award for the fewest number of failures across each focus: safety, effectiveness, patient satisfaction, and hand hygiene.

Dr. Rodney Tucker (Gerontology, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care) was elected Director-at-Large for the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine starting in February 2015.

Debasish Chattopadhyay, PhD (Infectious Diseases) will have an article in the upcoming issue of Protein Science. He was also published online in Structural Biology Communications in September.

New Research Funding
·         Multiple Principle Investigators Maria Pisu, PhD and Michelle Martin, PhD (Preventive Medicine) have received an NIMHD grant: Coming Together to Advance Minority Cancer Survivorship Research: First Symposium Focused on African American Survivors.
·         Bob Kimberly (Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology) has received bridge funding from NIAIDS: UAB Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS).
·         Dr. Kristen Triebel (Assistant Professor of Neurology/COERE) has received a career development award from the American Cancer Society.
·         UAB’s Center for Palliative and Supportive Care recently unveiled their inaugural Palliative Research Enhancement Project (PREP) supporting pilot research to integrate palliative care throughout UAB Medicine. Two of the four awardees are in the Department of Medicine:
    o   Jessica S. Merlin, MD, MBA (Infectious Diseases/Gerontology, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care) will use intervention mapping to systematically develop a tailored behavioral intervention for chronic pain in HIV-infected patients.
    o   Salpy Pamboukian, MD (Cardiology) and Marie Bakitas, DNSc, CRNP (School of Nursing) will undertake the first population-based survey of INTERMACS centers, a North American registry for patients who are receiving durable mechanical circulatory support device therapy to treat heart failure.

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

"Good News" - October 6, 2014

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$3 Million Award to Battle Health Disparities

The Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center won a competitive grant of nearly $3 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to reduce the gap in chronic diseases between blacks and whites in Birmingham by improving nutrition and physical activity in underserved African-American communities. Mona Fouad, MD, MPH, will be the principal investigator of the project: Birmingham REACH for Better Health.

Publication Highlights
·         Drs. G.M. Anantharamaiah, David Garber, and Roger White made the October cover of the Journal of Lipid Research with their article Anti-inflammatory and cholesterol-reducing properties of apolipoprotein mimetics.
·         PGY-2 Resident Sandhya Mudumbi first-authored an article in the journal Endoscopy: Anchoring of self-expanding metal stents using the over-the-scope clip, and a technique for subsequent removal.

Grant Highlights
·         Drs. Surya Bhatt and Mark Dransfield (Pulmonary, Allergy & Critical Care Medicine) received a two-year HSF-GEF grant for their project: COPD Get with it Program: Exercise Intervention to Reduce Hospital Readmissions.
·         Pria Bolisetty, PhD, (Nephrology) received an NIDDK grant: Ferritin Mediates Epithelial Cell-Macrophage Cross Talk in Acute Kidney Injury.
·         Olaf Kutsch, PhD, (Infectious Diseases) received an NIAID grant: Kinomic Analysis of Host Cell Factors Controlling Latent HIV-1 Infection.
·         Anath Shalev, MD, (Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism) received an NIDDK grant: Targeting TXNIP to Enhance Beta Cell Mass in T1D.
·         Pran Datta, PhD, (Hematology and Oncology) received an NCI grant: Research Training Program in Basic and Translational Oncology.

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