Infectious Disease Newsroom

Dr. Rich Whitley, Pediatric Infectious Diseases, and UAB will lead in the establishment of the Antiviral Drug Discovery and Development Center (AD3C), funded by an up to $35 million, five-year grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  See full article here.
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Scott James. MD,
Pediatric Infectious Diseases, has been selected to receive the 2014 JPIDS Ralph D. Feigin Apprenticeship Award.  This award was established to celebrate the contributions of Dr. Feigin as phenomenal clinician, teacher and writer and is aimed at fostering talented young pediatric infectious diseases physicians who are interested in playing a role in the publications that help inform the field.  His term as JPIDS apprentice will begin January 1 and end on December 31, 2014.
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Dr. William J. Britt
has been selected as Chair of the Clinical Research and Field Studies of Infectious Diseases Study Section, Center for Scientific Review.
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Dr. Rich Whitley has agreed to serve as a member of the Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee for the National Institute of Health (NIH) for the August 1, 2013 - July 31, 2017 term.  This committee serves a critical role in the oversight of federally funded research involving recombinant DNA and advises the Director of the NIH on such matters.  This includes review of human gene transfer trials, an assessment of the ability of DNA recombinants to survive in nature, and the potential for transfer of genetic material to other organisms.  When contemplating such issues, the Committee also considers the significant ethical, legal and societal implications.
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Dr. Rich Whitley receives Inaugural NIH Award
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Shannon Ross, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, has been received an RO1 award for her study "Viral diversity in congenital cytomegalovirus infection" in the amount $467K per year over 5 years from the National Institute on Deafness & Other Communication Disorders (NIH).
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David W. Kimberlin, M.D., FAAP,
  • Appointed editor of the Red Book: Report of the Committee on Infectious Diseases. for the 30th edition (2015).
  • Accepted into the cohort of the Association of Medical School Pediatric Department Chairs (AMSPDC) Pediatric Leadership Development Program for 2013.
  • Elected the 2013-2015 President of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society. He will then serve as past-president for two years.  Congratulations!
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School vaccinations are required because they’re life-saving - 8/14/2012
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The American Academy of Microbiology has elected UAB's David M. Bedwell, Ph.D., William J. Britt, M.D., George M. Shaw, M.D., Ph.D., and Charles L. Turnbough, Jr., Ph.D. to Fellowship. Bedwell and Turnbough are professors in the Department of Microbiology. Britt is a professor in the Department of Pediatrics. Shaw is a professor in the Division of Hematology and Oncology.
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Dr. Rich Whitley, Pediatrics Infectious Diseases,

  • Received 5 major NIH contract awards in October, 2011, totaling $11,387,084.
  • Joined the Senior Leadership team of the Comprehensive Cancer Center as the newly appointed Associate Director for Drug Discovery and Development.
  • Leads the Alabama Drug Discovery Alliance in collaboration with Southern Research under the leadership of Jack Secrist, PhD.

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Saliva Test can Reveal Silent Virus that Steals Babies' Hearing.  Article cites work of Suresh Boppana, M.D., and Karen Fowler, Dr.P.H.,, Pediatric Infectious Disease. (2011)
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Congratulations to Dr. Shannon Ross, who has been appointed Associate Scientist, Virology Program in the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center.