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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.

Read the full article at: http://www.uab.edu/medicine/news/latest/item/198-31-faculty-named-clinical-skills-scholars-to-mentor-medical-students.

HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, UAB to study childhood genetic disorders in major NIH study (updated)

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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

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

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:

http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2013/07/scratch-and-sniff_test_for_par.html