New Endowed Faculty: Troy Randall, PhD; Anupam Agarwal, MD; Martin Young, DPhil; Orlando Gutierrez, MD, MMSc; Sumanth Prabhu, MD; Stijn De Langhe, PhD; and Victor Thannickal, MDLeft to Right: Troy Randall, PhD; Anupam Agarwal, MD; Martin Young, DPhil; Orlando Gutierrez, MD, MMSc; Sumanth Prabhu, MD; Amit Gaggar, MD, PhD; Stijn De Langhe, PhD; and Victor Thannickal, MDCongratulations to the five Department of Medicine faculty whose endowed chairs and professorships were approved at recent Board of Trustees meetings:

Martin Young, DPhil (Professor, Cardiovascular Disease) Jeanne V. Marks Chair in Cardiovascular Disease

Orlando Gutierrez, MD, MMsc (Associate Professor, Nephrology) Hilda B. Anderson Endowed Chair in Nephrology

Amit Gaggar, MD, PhD (Professor, Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care) Endowed Professorship in Airway Biology 

Troy Randall, PhD (Professor, Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology) William J. Koopman Endowed Professorship in Immunology & Rheumatology

Stijn De Langhe, PhD (Professor, Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care) Endowed Professorship in Lung Development and Regeneration

More Good News for April 11, 2018

The Division of Hematology and Oncology and the Department of Dermatology are proud to announce a Multidisciplinary Cutaneous T Cell Lymphoma Clinic which offers personalized diagnostic and treatment options for Mycosis Fungoides (MF), Sezary Syndrome (SS) and other cutaneous T and B cell Lymphomas. The clinical team designs individualized treatment plans, including options for enrolling in clinical trials. The clinic is located on 2nd floor of The Kirklin Clinic and operates every 2nd and 4th Friday of the month.

Cancer affects different populations differently, and minority groups in the United States continue to bear a disproportionate cancer burden. To raise awareness of this health disparity, the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center hosted a Minority Cancer Awareness Week Expo in UAB Hospital North Pavilion, 2nd Floor on Monday, April 9, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Other events will follow throughout the month.

Beatriz Hanaoka, MD (Assistant Professor, Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology) and her husband, Prabha Nagareddy, PhD, MSc (Assistant Professor, Department of Nutrition Sciences) have been published in the European Heart Journal. Their findings demonstrate how systemic inflammation may be promoting plaque build-up by altering cellular cholesterol metabolism.  

Steven Duncan, MD (Professor) and Mark Dransfield, MD (Professor) in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care, were awarded a $400,000 grant from GlaxoSmithKline to study the effects of belumimab (Benlysta) in emphysema patients. By blocking a growth factor for B-cells, they expect this treatment to decrease autoantibody production and halt progression of atherosclerosis (and/or emphysema) in these patients.

Coming next week to Medical Grand Rounds: R. Paul Robertson, MD, Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism and President Emeritus and Principal Investigator at Pacific Northwest Diabetes Institute will present “Oxidative Stress-Induced Beta Cell Injury and Self-Repair in Type 2 Diabetes” at noon on Wednesday, April 18, in the Margaret Cameron Spain Auditorium.

Active Shooter Preparedness Classes. In response to the recent tragic events at UAB Highlands, the UAB Police Department will conduct several additional training classes on how to prepare for an active shooter. Sgt. Eric White will facilitate the classes for UAB Medicine personnel at the following dates and times:

  • April 18 | 8:00 a.m. | Margaret Cameron Spain Auditorium
  • April 20 | 11:00 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. | John Whitaker, Board Room
  • April 24 | 8:00 a.m. | WPCC Board Room
  • May 8 | 2:00 p.m. | UAB Highlands Media Center

Mark your calendars for the next DOM Women in Medicine session at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 3, in Boshell Diabetes Building Room 334. Erin Snyder, MD, will present “Take On Leadership.” All DOM women—residents, fellows, clinical and research faculty—are invited.

Save-the-Date: On Friday, May 4, The Young Supporters Board of the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center will present Fiesta Ball 2018, an evening with live music, delicious food by Happy Catering and a silent auction, 7:00-11:00 p.m. at Haven, 2515 Sixth Avenue South. The Fiesta Ball will support the work of young cancer research scientists and cancer outreach efforts.

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