UAB researcher searches for biomarkers for Lou Gehrig’s disease

KingPeter H. King, M.D., professor in the Department of Neurology, has received $385,000 over two years from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke to pursue promising leads in an effort to find ways to better diagnose ALS and track its progression.

ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease of motor neurons – nerve cells – that control muscle activity. Motor neurons travel from the brain through the spinal cord to the muscles where they activate muscle contraction. The degeneration of motor neurons leads to muscle weakness; patients may become totally paralyzed and lose their ability to breath in the later stages of the disease

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Scratch-and-sniff test for Parkinson's disease

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Greg Williams recently posted a podcast on "The Mix at UAB" in which he spoke with Dr. Standaert regarding the new scratch-and-sniff test for Parkinson's disease.

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Dr. Tony Nicholas, winner of the 2013 Argus Award for "Best Lecturer in the Neurosciences Module"

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Dr. Tony Nicholas, winner of the 2013 Argus Award for "Best Lecturer in the Neurosciences Module." The awardees are selected by UAB medical students. This is Tony's 18th Argus Award since 1998, evidence of his exceptional commitment to medical education.

Dr. Victor Sung was also nominated for the award this year. Congratulations to both!

Dr. Victor Sung named clinical skills scholar

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First-year medical students at UAB will begin their education with a new, low-tech study aid by their sides – the newly designated clinical skills scholars, a select group of 31 faculty chosen in a competitive process for their ability to teach students the intangibles of becoming physicians.

Taking a patient’s medical history, performing a physical exam and assessing patients is more complicated today than in years past because both physicians and patients have more demands on their time, said Craig Hoesley, M.D., associate dean for undergraduate medical education and a professor of Medicine. It’s also more difficult to teach students these skills because of increased demand on a faculty member’s time.

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