Beena Thannickal

Beena Thannickal

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Media Specialist, UAB News
(205) 975-3967
beenat@uab.edu

Thannickal recently moved to Birmingham from Ann Arbor, Mich., where she was the senior PR specialist at the Institute for Research on Women and Gender at the University of Michigan. She previously worked at Boston University, specializing in research and science news, and she worked at PR firms in New York and Boston. While raising her three children she was a freelance writer for a women’s health magazine and a PR consultant for national clients. Beena’s professional roots started in Connecticut where she worked as a reporter at news organizations throughout the state. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Connecticut. In her very little spare time, she likes to run and travel.

Beats: The UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center, cancer patient stories, cancer-related research
UAB neurology researcher Kristen Triebel gets substantial American Cancer Society grant to investigate the ability of patients to understand, choose and consent to treatment.
HPV testing alone is an efHPV testing alone is an effective alternative to current cervical cancer screening methods that use a Pap smear, or Pap smear-plus HPV test.fective alternative to current cervical cancer screening methods that use a Pap smear, or Pap smear-plus HPV test.
Ted J. Kaptchuk, professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and director of the Harvard-wide Program in Placebo Studies and the Therapeutic Encounter at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, will present “Placebo Effects:  how is medicine more than drugs and surgery?” from noon – 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 13.
Thousands of patients with blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma, sickle cell and other life-threatening diseases need bone marrow transplants and only 30 percent find matches within their families.
The UAB Cancer Center and Alabama State University receive $1.5 million NIH grant to create partnership and reduce cancer health disparities.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month; several local activities support the cause.
Two highly acclaimed cancer researchers, Ravi Bhatia, M.D., and Smita Bhatia, M.D., MPH, will join UAB in January 2015.
In January, Ravi Bhatia, M.D., will take the helm as director of the Division of Hematology and Oncology and as deputy director of the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Smita Bhatia, M.D., MPH, a distinguished pediatric oncologist with a strong interest in cancer outcomes, will be join the School of Medicine to tackle the health challenges cancer survivors face during and after treatment.
HudsonAlpha and the UAB Cancer Center establish joint cancer research consortium focusing on cancer genomics, with multiple hires expected.
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