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UAB is home to Alabama’s largest and oldest heart valve disease treatment program and is one of just a few in the state trained to offer the Edwards Lifesciences TAVR — the only transcatheter aortic valve replacement therapy approved for commercial use in the United States. UAB performs more valve procedures annually than anyone in the state and has since the inception of its program.
Administrators at UAB hope that a recent vote by the University of Alabama System Board of Trustees to make the Department of Biomedical Engineering a joint department of the schools of Engineering and Medicine will help faculty and students in both areas to work more effectively and better integrate research, education and patient care.
President Barack Obama on Tuesday revealed his 2015 budget. In it is a proposal to spend $5.23 billion to train 13,000 primary care residents over the next 10 years. Dr. William Curry, associate dean for primary care and rural medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, said Obama's proposal could help with growing primary care shortages, to a point.
Today, human spaceflight has a very different profile. The shuttle program ended in 2011, and the surviving shuttles are in museums. Science is now done aboard the International Space Station, which is partly served by commercial rockets.But the protein crystal experiments go on. “We’ve learned a lot,” Lawrence J. DeLucas of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, one of the scientists involved, said in an interview last week.