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
Pediatric cancer researcher Gregory Friedman, M.D., receives $40,000 grant to fight brain cancer in children.
Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham have identified a strategy that highly aggressive brain tumor cells use to fuel their relentless expansion.
The Journal of Biological Chemistry recognizes UAB scientists’ paper on exosomes, particles that change the behavior of cells, while the research team examines shutting down tumor growth.
The UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center has been selected as a  lead academic site and received a prestigious NCI grant that will open up clinical trials across a nationwide network and expand treatment options for patients.
Proceeds from the event will be used to fund grants for young cancer researchers at UAB to jump-start their research.

The UAB Comprehensive Cancer will hold its first communitywide conference for young cancer survivors ages 15-39 on March 15.
Seventeen local artists will work with a variety of media to create masterpieces in 90 minutes that can be purchased during the silent auction.
Yang’s research focuses on a new class of drug – PARP inhibitors – that interfere with a cancer cell’s ability to repair DNA damage, hastening cell death.
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, the BCRFA and other organizations are hosting several local events.
Clinicians will collaborate with local physicians, offering patients updated treatment recommendations and access to cutting-edge research.
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