During the past few years, technological innovations have opened up an entirely new way to approach scientific questions. Data-driven research starts with massive information sets — the genomic profiles of thousands of patients, for example, or millions of spam emails — and then searches for emerging patterns in that data. In the latest issue of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s "Business Horizon Quarterly", UAB President Ray Watts, M.D., explains the way data-driven research at UAB is being applied to find novel treatments for disease, create new products and businesses and train the next generation of innovation-savvy students.
Epigenetic changes are implicated in a host of neural conditions, from Alzheimer's-related memory loss to depression. Now, a revolutionary set of molecular editing tools are allowing scientists to alter the epigenome like never before. In The Mix, UAB neuroscientist Jeremy Day, Ph.D., explains how he uses these techniques in his lab, and why they could lead to an entirely new kind of therapy.
Lee Meadows is leading an evolution revolution. The School of Education professor has developed strategies to help classroom teachers approach the sensitive subject, using lesson plans that emphasize scientific understanding, but not belief. Take a closer look at his ideas, which have drawn attention from the Smithsonian and educators nationwide, in UAB Magazine.
Inside a Birmingham retirement community, UAB dental students glimpse the future. Caring for residents in the School of Dentistry’s geriatric clinic — unique in Alabama — they learn how America’s aging population will shape their careers. Discover how dental health impacts overall health, and how students embrace the challenges and joys of caring for older patients, in UAB Magazine.
After 22 Antarctic journeys, UAB biologist Jim McClintock is practically a local. Between scientific expeditions, he leads cruises to the icy continent, offering Alabamians a peek inside polar research labs and highlighting the impact of climate change on the majestic landscape. Five travelers share life-changing moments from their trips with McClintock in UAB Magazine.
Justice may be blind, but Griffin Edwards isn’t. The UAB Collat School of Business assistant professor crunches numbers to shed light on the surprising, often unintended consequences of laws. He reveals what he’s learned from crime data, crop yields, and golf scores in UAB Magazine.