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
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.
Christopher Willey, M.D., Ph.D., receives a crucial ACS research grant to further his novel work on the MARCKS protein in relation to brain cancer.
Becker’s Hospital Review has named the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center as one of the “100 Hospitals and Health Systems With Great Oncology Programs.”
Isabel Scarinci, M.Ph., Ph.D., associate professor in UAB Division of Preventive Medicine, has been appointed to the newly created position of associate director of globalization and cancer at the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center.
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