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Drs Martin and Pisu have "Rhythm"

University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) researchers are conducting a pilot study of a couples ballroom dance intervention for women who are breast, colorectal, endometrial and ovarian cancer survivors, and their partners. Investigators hope to learn whether this easily accessible activity has an impact on quality of life issues following cancer, specifically physical fitness and relationship intimacy.

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Anitra Baylor, DOM Employee of the Month for June 2014!

Anitra Baylor has been selected as the Department of Medicine Employee of the Month for June 2014!
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Cardiovascular Disease

The goals of our activities in this research pillar are to discover new ways of controlling and preventing the development of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and to determine what factors may contribute to and prevent disparities in the development, diagnosis, treatment and outcomes of patients with CVD. Current research programs include CVD/risk factor epidemiology and prevention, genetic epidemiology of hypertension and atherosclerosis, and weight loss interventions to prevent CVD, among others.

Current Projects

Current research projects include cardiovascular disease observational studies, including the Coronary Artery Risk Development In young Adults (CARDIA) study, and several REasons for Geographic And Racial Differences in Stroke (REGARDS) ancillary studies. DOPM investigators also have a strong program of interventional research in cardiometabolic disease, serving as a site in several large multi-center cardiovascular disease intervention studies including the Look AHEAD (Action for Health in Diabetes) study, Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial (SPRINT), and others.

Faculty

Faculty associated with this program area include physician scientists in internal medicine, preventive cardiology, and nutrition sciences; behavioral scientists; epidemiologists; economists; and many studies focus on the elimination of disparities in healthcare and health outcomes, especially for African Americans and Hispanics. Faculty with primary research focus in this area are:

 

Faculty with a secondary research focus in this area are:


Diabetes and Obesity

The overall goal of this research program pillar is diabetes prevention, control and self-management behavioral interventions. Current research projects include several community-based studies with Community Health Workers and volunteers. DOPM leads both the Metrics and Community Engagement Cores of UAB’s Diabetes Research & Training Center, one of only six NIDDK-sponsored diabetes research and training centers in the U.S.

Current Projects

Current projects include behavioral intervention studies for weight loss to prevent diabetes onset in Latinas, training medical residents in motivational interviewing with patients to reduce weight, utilizing CHWs to impact diabetes prevention and self management in urban and rural Alabama, and educating underserved regions of Alabama about diabetes, among others.

Faculty

Faculty associated with this program area include physician scientists in internal medicine, preventive cardiology, and economists and many of their studies focus on eliminating the disparities in diabetes prevention and education among Alabama’s minority populations. Faculty with primary research focus in this area are:

 

Faculty with a secondary research interest in this area are:


Cancer Prevention and Control

The overall goal of this program is to reduce cancer incidence, morbidity and mortality, and improve outcomes, with special emphasis on health disparities. The program also provides research training for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty through the Minority Health & Health Disparities Research Center training programs.

Current Projects

Current projects include behavioral intervention studies, prevention trials, observational and outcomes studies, cancer surveillance, and community-based research with a strong track record in the use of community health workers (CHW) and volunteers. The program has a significant number of scientists with research focus on African American and Hispanic populations. The Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Shared Facility of the Cancer Center is an integral part of this program.      

Faculty

The studies conducted are collaborative and multi-disciplinary and capitalize on the strengths that UAB provides in its broad spectrum of researchers and scientists, including faculty at the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Center for Health Promotion.

Faculty with a secondary research interest in this area are:


Substance Abuse and Misuse

The goals of this program area is to optimize the health of individuals with addiction. Focus areas include homelessness, observational and intervention studies, and tobacco cessation.

Current Projects

The group has, since 1993, built a program of research to end homelessness in general and among individuals with addiction, including crack cocaine addiction. Active research efforts are targeted toward transporting effective drug addiction treatment, integrating treatment services for persons living with AIDS and substance related disorders, and improving provider performance in drug addiction treatment settings in Ukraine for persons at risk of HIV due to intravenous opiate abuse. The group also has an active VA research program focusing on optimizing the primary care of veterans who have been homeless.

Research projects and expertise include: assessment of behavioral and psychosocial risk factors (e.g., smoking, sexual behavior, dietary habits), interventions designed to reduce risk factors, promote health-enhancing behaviors, and improve processes of care, examination of factors associated with adherence to medical and behavioral treatment regimens, development of treatment strategies to promote mental and physical health and development of interventions to improve quality of life.

Faculty

Faculty in this research pillar area include physician scientists and behavioral scientists. Faculty with a primary research focus in this area are:

Faculty with a secondary research focus in this are are:


Life-Course and Aging

The goals of this research program pillar are to conduct interdisciplinary research addressing the development of disease over the life-course, disease prevention, and disease management.

Projects

Current project areas include osteoporosis epidemiology and treatment, osteoarthritis epidemiology, CVD/risk factor epidemiology and prevention, lifestyle interventions to treat erectile dysfunction, predictors of genitourinary disorders, a Women’s Health Initiative study of memory, and sleep disorders in elderly men and their effect on development of CVD and cognitive decline.

Faculty

Faculty in this research pillar are physician scientists with a secondary research focus on the life-course and aging.