Congratulations to Meg Gardener and J. Heath Pelham, who have been selected as the 2014 Cunningham Memorial Research Program recipients.  Meg Gardener will be working in Hematology/Oncology with Dr. Kimberly Whelan to study the Incidence of EKG Abnormalities in Asymptomatic Childhood Cancer Survivors Attending a Long-term Follow-up Clinic.  J. Heath Pelham will be working in Endocrinology with Dr. Ambika Ashraf to study the Analysis of Dyslipidemia in Children with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus.

The Cunningham program was established by Dr. Sergio Stagno, Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics, to honor the memory of Dr. Russell Cunningham, a long time member of the Department of Pediatrics and strong advocate for medical student education.  The program is designed to introduce students to pediatrics and pediatric research. UASOM medical students completing their first year, with an interest in Pediatrics apply for this eight week summer internship and research program.  The two competitively selected students work with a mentor in the Department of Pediatrics responsible for helping the student design a summer research program and for providing the student an opportunity to attend a variety of Pediatric Clinics and/or hospital rounds and conferences.  An award of $3200.00 is given to the successful candidates.

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The UAB Department of Pediatrics is dedicated to improving the health of children; discovering and applying important new knowledge to improve the outcomes for pediatric disorders; educating patients, families, and health care providers and training the next generation of pediatric providers and leaders in medicine.


We invest in people and programs to fuel new discoveries; we support the careers of pediatric investigators who will discover new knowledge and help us change the outcome for the children of Alabama.


UAB Pediatrics provides comprehensive training programs for all levels of learners. Our clerkship, residency, and subspecialty fellowship programs are among the best in the nation.

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