Neurobiology News

UAB scientist pens comprehensive textbook on diseases of the nervous system –

Harald Sontheimer, Ph.D., professor of neurobiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and director of the UAB Civitan International Research Center, has written a comprehensive college-level textbook covering 40 diseases of the nervous system, from stroke to brain tumor.

Sontheimer says the book provides an introductory tutorial for students, scholars, researchers and medical professionals interested in current understanding and treatment of diseases of the nervous system, from foundational science to the best treatment protocols.

"I have been teaching a class with the same title as the book, "Diseases of the Nervous System," for more than a decade, and students kept asking whether there was a book they could use to accompany the class," Sontheimer said. "While there were excellent neurology textbooks, none were suitable for college or graduate students, and even for medical students the neurology textbooks were too specialized."

Sontheimer wrote the book using college students at a Memphis-area college as a focus group while teaching there during a sabbatical from UAB. The book provides comprehensive introductions to stroke, epilepsy, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, head and spinal cord trauma, multiple sclerosis, brain tumors, depression, schizophrenia, and many other diseases of the nervous system.

It is published by Academic Press and is now available at
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NIH Lecture Series
Please join me in congratulating Brittney Coleman and Oluwagbegmiga Larinde on winning the UNCF Merck Undergraduate Science Scholarship! Solomon Gibson has also been designated an alternate for this award.

The UNCF Merck Science Scholarships provides up to $30,000 in financial support, mentoring, and the chance to intern at a Merck Facility over the summer. Approximately 15 awards are given each year to students throughout the nation. UAB students are disproportionately represented in this group – we've had 14 winners since 2008! The UAB Honors College's Science and Technology Honors Program is to be commended for establishing a pipeline of students who have been successful in this competition; this is the program's 4th year to field two or more winners!

Brittney is a biomedical engineering major and Sci-Tech Honors student who researches in the lab of Dr. Brian Sims in UAB's Department of Pediatrics. (Winner)

Oluwagbegmiga is a neuroscience major and Sci-Tech Honors student who researches in the lab of Dr. Kazutoshi Nakazawa in UAB's Department of Psychiatry. (Winner)

Solomon is a chemistry major and Global and Community Leadership Honors Program student who researches in the lab of Dr. Andrei Stanishevsky in UAB's Department of Physics. (Designated Alternate)

These honors students are outstanding examples of the synergistic collaboration between UAB's undergraduate programs and UAB Medicine. Thanks to all who have invested in their development as aspiring physician-scientists!

Ashley Floyd
Associate Director, UAB Honors College
Congratulations to all the winners at the 2015 Postdoctoral Research Day
Session 1
1st   Tonia Shwartz, Ph.D.
2nd  TaShauna Goldsby, Ph.D.
3rd   Any Goss, Ph.D.     
Session 4
1st   Dao H. Ho, Ph.D.
2nd  Samatha Giordano, Ph.D.
3rd   Vasundhara Kain, Ph.D.
Session 2
1st   Carmen De Minguel, Ph.D.
2nd  Ravindra Boddu, Ph.D.
3rd   Faraz A. Sultan, Ph.D.
Session 5    
1st   Shannon M. Kahan, Ph.D.
2nd  S. Rameeza Allie, Ph.D.
3rd   Venkata Yeramalli, Ph.D.   
Session 3
1st   Angela Bhalla, Ph.D.
2nd  Alisha Epps, Ph.D.
3rd   Luke Parkitny, Ph.D.
Session 6
1st   Davide Botta, Ph.D.
2nd  Hope M. Amm, Ph.D.
3rd   Joo Hyoung Lee, Ph.D.
Neuroscience Café: Multiple Sclerosis with Tara DeSilva, Ph.D.

Homewood Library - Thursday, February 26, at 6:30 p.m. in the Large Auditorium

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease in which your immune system attacks the protective sheath (myelin) that covers your nerves. Myelin damage disrupts communication between your brain and the rest of your body. Signs and symptoms vary widely, depending on the amount of damage and which nerves are affected. Treatments can help speed recovery from attacks, modify the course of the disease and manage symptoms. Even though there is no cure for multiple sclerosis, treatment typically focuses on speeding recovery from attacks, slowing the progression of the disease and managing symptoms. Join us as Dr. DeSilva reports on the latest treatments.
Blueprint for success....
April 9-10, 2015
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