The number of U.S. biomedical postdoctoral fellows has fallen for three years in a row, an unprecedented decline that UAB's Louis Justement, Ph.D., and colleagues at the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology and Brown University call “an end to the era of expansion.”
Julie Decker, program manager in the Department of Microbiology and Employee of the Month for February, will receive the highest non-academic employee award.
Preeyam Patel is the winner of the 2015 Max D. Cooper Travel Award, an annual award established to honor the influential immunologist. 
Renowned researcher Eric Hunter, Ph.D., will be the inaugural speaker for the Susan Roberts Dubay Endowed Lecture in the Department of Microbiology.
In September, a small group of eminent leaders from business, academia, medicine, science and public policy gathered for the inaugural meeting of the UAB School of Medicine Board of Visitors. The Board will meet twice a year to advise Senior Vice President for Medicine and Dean Selwyn M. Vickers, M.D., FACS, in support of the school’s vision to become the preferred academic medical center of the 21st century.
Until now, no toxin had been found in 132 years of study for the deadly pathogen Mycobacterium tuberculosis, which infects 9 million people a year and kills more than 1 million. The novel toxin induces necrotic cell death of macrophages to help the tuberculosis pathogen escape and spread to other cells.
Phillip D. Smith, M.D., has been awarded a two-year, $200,000 grant from the DeGregorio Family Foundation to study the bacteria in children’s stomachs that potentially protects them from stomach cancer.
Macrophage cells require agility to scavenge and digest dead cells and prevent an immune response to self. In lupus, the macrophages lose that agility.
UAB has established the third multidisciplinary comprehensive clinic in the world for transverse myelitis, a rare spinal cord disease.
The ability to build a mimic of the interferon-interferon receptor complex allows a hunt for unique monoclonal antibodies.
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