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  • NIH awards $45 million to UAB to support All of Us

    NIH awards $45 million to UAB to support All of Us The five-year funding award will support the Southern All of Us Network, part of the All of Us Research Program, a nationwide research program to transform how research is conducted to advance individualized prevention, treatment and care for people of all backgrounds.

  • 2017-2018 Employee of the Year: Jennifer Hicks

    2017-2018 Employee of the Year: Jennifer Hicks The Employee of the Year Selection Committee was comprised of the Employee of the Month winners from academic year 2016-2017: Marion Spell, Jena Reeves, Will Callans, Amie Traylor, Jessie Daniels, Mary Bergeron, Kelly Adamson, Amy Dean, Jocelyn Little, La Verne Croom, Norma Stewart and Paula Dixon.Jennifer has been an integral part of the growth and success of the Center for Palliative and Supportive Care. Her background in Quality and Health Administration has added an incredible dimension to the organization and management of the Center.Jennifer is also extremely proficient in organizing the Supportive Care Clinic at The Kirklin Clinic. She has[…]

  • The Acute Care for Elders Unit Celebrates 10 Years!

    The Acute Care for Elders Unit Celebrates 10 Years! Pictured Above: Kellie Flood, MD; Vicki Nelson, MSN, RN; Seth Landefeld, MD; Katrina Booth, MD (ACE Unit Medical Director); and Terri Middlebrooks, RN.Alabama’s first Acute Care for Elders (ACE) Unit celebrates its tenth year at UAB! The ACE Unit utilizes an interdisciplinary care team trained in geriatrics to provide acutely ill older adults with holistic care of the highest quality. Promoting health, preventing complications, optimizing function and preserving dignity are all important components of the Unit’s mission. Happy 10th Birthday to the team that makes ACE amazing!

  • DOM Launches Tele-ICU Program in Selma

    DOM Launches Tele-ICU Program in Selma Jim Johnson, MD, is able to listen to patients remotely via high-performance electronic stethoscope.Thanks to the new Tele-ICU initiative led by Steve Stigler, MD (Assistant Professor) and Jim Johnson, MD (Professor) in Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care, patients in the Intensive Care Unit at Vaughan Regional Medical Center in Selma can be remotely monitored and treated by UAB physicians. Using a secure internet connection and digital diagnostic tools such as the electronic stethoscope, UAB pulmonologists will operate the Tele-ICU service 24/7. They will also train Vaughan’s family medicine residents in critical care medicine. The telemedicine approach is an exciting new[…]

  • Study: Multivitamins do not prevent strokes, heart attacks or cardiovascular disease deaths

    Study: Multivitamins do not prevent strokes, heart attacks or cardiovascular disease deaths Multivitamins and mineral supplements do not prevent heart attacks, strokes or cardiovascular death.

  • Examine Critical Patients 90 Miles Away? Yes, We Can!

    Examine Critical Patients 90 Miles Away? Yes, We Can! Physicians in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care launched a new telehealth program on July 2, 2018. The initiative, led by Steve Stigler, MD, and James E. Johnson, MD, will enable UAB physicians to monitor and treat patients in the Intensive Care Unit at Vaughan Regional Medical Center in Selma without leaving the UAB campus.

  • Path to successful diabetes drug trial began with simple question

    Path to successful diabetes drug trial began with simple question A gene called TXNIP was the answer, and it led to a drug called verapamil and a successful diabetes trial.

  • Human clinical trial reveals verapamil as an effective Type 1 diabetes therapy

    Human clinical trial reveals verapamil as an effective Type 1 diabetes therapy Significant novel findings published by UAB researchers established verapamil as a successful therapeutic approach to target loss of beta cell function caused by Type 1 diabetes.

  • Pulmonary Faculty Published in Nature Medicine

    Pulmonary Faculty Published in Nature Medicine Jaroslaw Zmijewski, PhD and Victor J. Thannickal, MD (Division Director) have demonstrated that IPF can be reversed with the diabetes drug Metformin.A research team led by Jaroslaw Zmijewski, PhD (Associate Professor) and Victor J. Thannickal, MD (Professor and Director) in Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care, has shown for the first time that established lung fibrosis can be reversed using a diabetes drug treatment that targets cell metabolism. Experimental findings using lung tissues from patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and a mouse model of lung fibroblasts have been reported in Nature Medicine in an article entitled “Metformin reverses established lung fibrosis in[…]

  • Does vaping lead to abuse of illicit substances? Rehab scientists use i2b2 to find answers

    Does vaping lead to abuse of illicit substances? Rehab scientists use i2b2 to find answers Researchers use i2b2 data to find out if there is a link between electronic cigarettes and illicit substance abuse.

  • Metformin reverses established lung fibrosis

    Metformin reverses established lung fibrosis A diabetes drug suggests potential therapy for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, based on research with human lung fibroblasts and a mouse model of lung fibrosis.

  • Rizk Identifies Novel Way to Measure Kidney Function

    Rizk Identifies Novel Way to Measure Kidney Function Dana Rizk, MD (Associate Professor, Nephrology) led research efforts that were published in an article entitled “A Novel Method for Rapid Bedside Measurement of Glomerular Filtration Rate,” that was printed in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. The new injectable biomarker will potentially allow early detection of kidney damage and possible new therapies.

  • Morgan to Serve as GI Division Director

    Morgan to Serve as GI Division Director The Department of Medicine is delighted to welcome Douglas R. Morgan, M.D., MPH, as our next Director of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, effective October 1. A global expert in the epidemiology and prevention of gastric cancer, Dr. Morgan is currently Associate Professor of Medicine at Vanderbilt University. He will lead the Division in expanding its clinical, educational, and research programs to meet the needs of Alabama and to advance prevention and treatment of GI diseases globally. 

  • Study finds a novel and more practical way to measure kidney function

    Study finds a novel and more practical way to measure kidney function By using an injected biomarker, researchers are able to have a more accurate reading of kidney function in a clinical setting in half the time it used to take.

  • Inaugural Heudebert Scholar Honored at Reception

    Inaugural Heudebert Scholar Honored at Reception L to R: Gustavo Heudebert, MD; Jason Morris, MD; GIM Division Director Carlos Estrada, MD; and DOM Chair Seth Landefeld, MDJason Morris, MD (Associate Professor, General Internal Medicine) has been named the inaugural Gustavo R. Heudebert, M.D., MACP, Endowed Faculty Scholar. He was recognized at a reception on June 14, 2018. The endowment honoring Dr. “Tavo” Heudebert’s legacy will support Dr. Morris’ goal of finding innovative teaching and learning tools to advance medical education.  Congrats, Dr. Morris!

  • Gaston honored with lifetime achievement award

    Gaston honored with lifetime achievement award Gaston served many roles in more than 30 years at UAB.

  • Lupus research excellence at UAB

    Lupus research excellence at UAB Two Novel Research grants from the Lupus Research Alliance boost the study of this complex disease.

  • New Emphysema Therapy Improves Pulmonary Function

    New Emphysema Therapy Improves Pulmonary Function Surya Bhatt, MD (left) and Mark Dransfield, MD (right) maneuver valve with a bronchoscope.A new emphysema therapy has demonstrated significant positive results, according to findings from a multi-site study. Lead investigator, Mark Dransfield, MD (Professor) and Surya Bhatt, MD (Assistant Professor) in Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care are investigating the Zephyr® endobronchial valves, one-way valves inserted into the lungs of patients with emphysema to reduce the volume in a minimally invasive procedure. The study has shown that patients with this valve had a significantly lower rate of respiratory failure and reduction in COPD hospitalization.

  • Gaston Receives AST Lifetime Achievement Award

    Gaston Receives AST Lifetime Achievement Award Robert Gaston, MD (Professor Emeritus, Nephrology) received the distinguished lifetime achievement award from the American Society of Transplantation (AST) at a special awards ceremony last weekend. This is AST's most prestigious award which honors a senior investigator who has made significant contributions to the field of transplantation.

  • Fouad named co-chair for All of Us Science Committee

    Fouad named co-chair for All of Us Science Committee Mona Fouad, M.D., MPH, has been named co-chair of the Science Committee for the All of Us Research Program. 

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