UAB in the News
Federal grant will train nearly 1,000 young workers, UAB saysWith the grant funds, UAB has established the Innovate Birmingham Regional Workforce Partnership, which aims to begin job training for young adults in the spring of 2017. The Workforce Partnership will focus on workers aged 17-26 for 925 "high-paying, high-demand" jobs.Cannabidiol Interacts with Multiple Epilepsy DrugsCannabidiol is likely to interact with more anti-epileptic agents than just clobazam, researchers reported. In an open-label study of 81 adult and pediatric patients, the cannabis derivative also showed drug-drug interactions with topiramate and rufinamide, Tyler Gaston, MD, of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and colleagues reported at the American Epilepsy Society meeting.UAB provost announces retirementAfter nearly four decades at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Provost Linda Lucas will retire in April 2017. She has served as provost since April 2012.UAB ranks 18th in U.S. in research funding among public universitiesNewly released research funding data from the National Science Foundation shows the University of Alabama at Birmingham ranked No. 18 nationally among public universities and No. 34 overall in federally financed research in 2015, with more than $328.5 million in spending.CBD oil may reduce frequency and severity of epileptic seizuresUAB researchers presented eleven abstracts, or research findings, at the meeting. A key finding was that CBD provided a significant reduction in frequency of seizures for a majority of the patients in the study, and that approximately two-thirds of patients saw a greater than 50 percent reduction in severity.Miss Alabama, UAB’s Gift of Sight program bring early presents for low-income residentsThrough the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Gift of Sight program, students from the School of Optometry and UAB eye doctors provide complimentary eye care. Hogan is among the more than 400 Jefferson County residents receiving full exams and free glasses from Nov. 29 to Dec. 3.UAB ranked among top 20 public universities in research fundingUAB is ranked 18th among public universities and 34th overall in federal research dollars for 2015. According to UAB, the school last year recorded more than $328 million in federally financed expenditures and $516 in overall research expenditures.Birmingham public radio station WBHM 90.3 FM names new general managerBirmingham public radio station WBHM 90.3 FM has named National Public Radio veteran journalist Charles W. "Chuck" Holmes as the station's general manager.Prostate cancer—what you need to know"One out of eight men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his life."New research offers advice on how to practice yoga safelyUS researchers have found that although injuries in yoga are not very common, older participants should take extra care and everyone should find a qualified instructor in order to reduce the risk.Using epigenetics to help the immune system fight ovarian cancerThe greatest excitement at the moment surrounds the new class of checkpoint inhibitors, including PD-1 and CTLA-4 inhibitors. "Your body has a natural response of putting the brakes on the immune system," says Arend. "These drugs take those brakes off."New promise for immunotherapy as HIV treatmentImmunotherapy has revolutionized treatment options in oncology, neurology, and many infectious diseases and now there is fresh hope that the same method could be used to treat or even functionally cure HIV, according to new research.Study Identifies How Internal Circadian Clocks Encode External Daily Rhythms of ExcitabilityA key mechanism describing how internal biochemical clock signals get turned into changes in external electrical firing activity, have been identified.HIV antibody treatment shows promise, but has a ways to goWhile an antibody named VRC01 was safe and well-tolerated in the studies, it was only briefly effective at suppressing the AIDS virus in 24 patients taken off standard anti-viral drugs.UAB professor wins major award from Smithsonian MagazineSarah Parcak, an archeologist based at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, was recently awarded the 2016 American Ingenuity Award from Smithsonian Magazine.Suppressing Pest-Induced Asthma through Bacteria InjectionsTesting the ability of early exposure to hinder later reactions to allergens, University of Alabama at Birmingham researchers used another common pest, mice, to gauge resistance to cockroach-induced asthma.Luis Cruz Azaceta: War and Other Disasters at Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual ArtsLuis Cruz Azaceta: War and Other Disasters is on view at Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts in Birmingham, Alabama, through December 17, 2016.New study compares different approaches for stroke prevention in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillationThe study combined all phase-three randomized controlled clinical trials comparing different novel oral blood thinners, left atrial appendage closure devices, known as WATCHMAN devices, and Coumadin (warfarin) for stroke prevention in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation.The UAB Bookstore Expands in New Hill Student CenterWith backing from the school’s administration and the Barnes & Noble College operated bookstore, which is located within the University’s new student center, Gang Green is sure to get a lot of support, as well as amazing gear.Why Neighborhoods Have Stroke Zones“Thus, these findings support ongoing calls for community development policies, urban planning, and zoning and transportation policies that address neighborhood socioeconomic contexts to improve residential environments in order to positively impact the health of the community members.”Concert Review | UAB Piano Series, Eric ZuberNone of the 11 works and an encore he presented at Reynolds-Kirschbaum Recital Hall could be considered out of the mainstream, yet this recital was anything but mundane.Neighborhoods important factor in risk of stroke for all racesThose living in more advantaged neighborhoods are less likely to have a stroke than are their counterparts who live in less advantaged neighborhoods, according to a new study.Researchers Build Diamond Micro-Anvils to Produce Immense Pressures to Create Novel MaterialsIn nature, such enormous forces deep underground can transform volcanic ash into slate or carbon into diamonds.UAB lands $7 million grant for deep brain researchThe BRAIN grant, a White House initiative for Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies, will fund UAB's ongoing research of neuromodulation, or deep brain stimulation.Alabama parents drive distracted with children in the carResearchers in the University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Pediatrics found that Alabama parents living in suburban areas use cellphones in the speaker mode, read and send text messages, and surf the web slightly more often than parents in rural areas.Why Clinton and Trump need to lieDonald Trump is not a liar. Nor is Hillary Clinton. Sure, they both lie. Yet, neither is a liar. Why?UAB moves 650 employees to new Avondale facilityThe UAB Health System has moved 650 employees into a newly renovated Avondale facility, freeing up downtown office space for clinical operations.Bedside Manner: Arts Education Extends from the Alys Stephens Center to UAB HospitalFor nine years, Kirklin served as the director of education and outreach for UAB’s Alys Stephens Center, helping extend the center’s educational programs to underserved schools, communities and seniors throughout the Birmingham area.Killer Birds and Family Feuds: What to see on stage this monthYou Can't Take It With You: The play depicts two families, one strictly not traditional and the other strictly nonconforming, and the conflict that arises between the two when a daughter of one brings her fiancé and his wealthy Wall Street family to dinner.GE Signa PET/MR at U. of Alabama at Birmingham being used clinicallyJust 16 months after a GE Signa PET/MR scanner was installed at the University of Alabama at Birmingham for research use, the facility has announced it will begin using the tool to diagnose and examine its clinical patient population.High Incidence of Cardiovascular Risk Factors in Older AdultsOlder adults have high incidence of cardiovascular risk factors, with increased incidence of hypertension, diabetes mellitus, and dyslipidemia for blacks, according to a study published online Sept. 26 in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.UAB unveils city's largest solar energy systemThe 100-panel solar energy system is installed on top of the Campus Recreation Center and is expected to save UAB around $600 per month in utility costs.Oldest sea turtle ancestor hailed from southeastern U.S.New research suggests the species Ctenochelys acris was the patriarch of the lineage that yielded the green sea turtle, Kemp's ridley, the loggerhead and many others.COPD exacerbations associated with significant lung function loss“Very early on in this disease — at a time when outside a study like ours the majority of people would not have been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) — patients appear to be losing lung function,” Mark T. Dransfield, MD, lead researcher and medical director of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Lung Center said.UAB, UA to share piece of $3.45M innovation grantA regional hub of universities that includes the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the University of Alabama recently scored a major grant intended to support the universities' participation in a National Science Foundation initiative.An artistic bridgeAlys Stephens Center Executive Director Anna Thompson says fine arts programming should serve both the University of Alabama at Birmingham students and faculty while acting as a cultural bridge for the community.Study underscores importance of preventing risk factors across entire lifespanUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham investigators and their colleagues found that the development of risk factors including hypertension, diabetes and high cholesterol remains high in adults over age 45, even extending up to ages over 75 years.Administering additional antibiotic prior to C-section reduces infection rates by 50 percentA study published in the New England Journal of Medicine shows adding the dose of 500 milligrams of azithromycin during a C-section also significantly decreases the use of health care resources, including readmissions, emergency room visits and clinic visits.UAB fight against cancer happening across many frontsIn Alabama, where cancer rates have historically been among the worst in the nation, Edward Partridge, M.D., has spent more than four decades treating women who have been devastated by ovarian and other gynecological cancers.3 Reasons Why Women Live Longer Than MenAs far as records show, women have always outlived men. According to the University of Alabama at Birmingham, this is true for every year for all 38 countries included in the Human Mortality Database, which dates back to 1751.