HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, UAB to study childhood genetic disorders in major NIH study (updated)
- Created on August 05, 2013
DNA data from hundreds of North Alabama children and their parents will soon be part of a major new genetic study of childhood diseases led by Huntsville's HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology and including the University of Alabama in Birmingham. The National Institutes of Health announced a $7.6 million research grant Tuesday to the non-profit institute for the study.
The multi-year study's goal is to sequence children's entire genetic code from samples of their blood - something faster and less expensive to do than ever - and look for links between genetic errors and disorders, especially mental disorders. A second goal is studying how to help doctors and other care providers share that potentially explosive information with patients.
Read the full article at: http://blog.al.com/breaking/2013/07/hudsonalpha_institute_for_biot_9.html.
UAB Neurosciences student wins summer fellowship in Parkinson's research
- Created on July 05, 2013
Kristin Ford, a neuroscience student at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), has been awarded a Summer Student Fellowship from the Parkinson's Disease Foundation (PDF). The program supports and cultivates students interested in Parkinson’s related research projects. The summer fellowships typically consist of 10 weeks of clinical or laboratory work supervised by an expert in the field, with an award of $4,000 to support their research.
Ford, with mentor Amy Amara, M.D., Ph.D., an assistant professor in the UAB Department of Neurology, will work on a project entitled, “A Novel Evaluation of Daytime Vigilance in Individuals with Parkinson's Disease Using a Virtual Reality Street Crossing Task.”
Dr. David Standaert demonstrates smell test for Parkinson's study
- Created on July 05, 2013
David Standaert, M.D., Ph.D., Professor and Chair of Neurology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham was recently in the news to demonstrate how to use a scratch-and-sniff test that is being used in a worldwide study to detect Parkinson's disease in its earliest stages. To see the full story please click the link below:
Dr. Martina Bebin garners major Tuberous Sclerosis award
- Created on June 25, 2013
Martina Bebin, M.D. Associate Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, has been named the Manuel R. Gomez, M.D., award winner by the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance. The award was established in 1995 to honor Gomez, who is often called the father of tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) in the United States.
The award is given annually to an individual who has made a significant breakthrough in tuberous sclerosis complex research, or for their body of research to advance understanding of TSC, and/or to provide clinical care for individuals with the disease.