Cognitive decline is prevalent in older adults and can seriously affect quality of life. To determine the potential benefits of cognitive training on cognition and daily functioning in older adults, researchers conducted the Advanced Cognitive Training for Independent and Vital Elderly (ACTIVE) study. This study is funded by grants from the National Institute on Aging to the University of Alabama at Birmingham as well as six other universities.
A very unusual blood transplant appears to have cured an American man living in Berlin of infection with the AIDS virus. The man, who is in his 40s, had a blood stem cell transplant in 2007 to treat leukemia. His donor had a gene mutation that confers natural resistance to HIV. “It’s an interesting proof-of-concept that with pretty extraordinary measures a patient could be cured of HIV,” but it is far too risky to become standard therapy even if matched donors could be found, said Dr. Michael Saag of the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Ann Marie Reynolds, now 32, was on a kidney transplant list for a third time and had less than a 1 percent chance of finding a match when she learned of UAB Hospital’s Paired Donation Program. Doctors at UAB used the organ exchange program to match Reynolds with a compatible donor in a three-way organ exchange that also paired two other hard-to-match kidney patients with compatible donors. The UAB program uses a computer system to match living donors with potential recipients.
The Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, a visually stunning building designed by architect Randall Stout, is set to open its doors to UAB art students and the public. Named for principal donors Judy and Hal Abroms and Ruth and Marvin Engel, the institute seeks to bridge UAB’s resources with those of the Birmingham Museum of Art, and [exhibit] “Material Evidence” is the first example.
While popular culture proclaims the holiday season as a time of happiness, grief-stricken people can have an especially hard time balancing the merry with the mourning, says clinical psychologist Joshua Klapow, an associate professor of public health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
“People tend to have an all-or-nothing approach — ‘I’m either super-duper healthy or I’m just not going to worry about it,’” Kitchin said. A new study shows it’s worth it to find that middle ground.
In its story about Jefferson County’s emergence from bankruptcy, Forbes magazine awarded the lion’s share of credit for the area's economic rebound to UAB’s research enterprise, high-tech business development, investment in the community and local partnerships.
If you have a phone running Google Inc.’s Android operating system, it’s a good idea to run antivirus software. “The number of Android devices is huge,” said Ragib Hasan, an associate professor of computer science at the University of Alabama-Birmingham who studies smartphone malware. “It makes sense for cybercriminals to focus on that platform.”
UAB’s own Henry Panion III, Ph.D., is featured on the cover of this month’s B-Metro magazine. A University Professor of Music, Panion was selected for the magazine’s “The A List: Birminghamians who made the year great” feature.
The lessons graduate student Tim French learned from UAB have improved safety for 10,000-plus soldiers.

The University of Alabama System Board of Trustees approved several faculty appointments and the establishment of an endowed lecture during its recent meeting. 

UAB health policy experts recently completed a survey of 601 Alabama residents on issues of the ACA, the Exchange and Medicaid expansion.
UAB offers U.S. Preventive Services Task Force-recommended CT scans for lung cancer, the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, causing more deaths than breast, colon and prostate cancer combined.
Larry Powell, Ph.D., spent time with an award-winning director and put his fascinating stories in a book.
Gel form of a medication for Parkinson’s disease speeds response time over traditional pills.
The Birmingham Art Music Alliance will present the free concert at Samford University, with a program of original works by composers with Alabama ties.
The NCHC is the professional association of undergraduate honors programs and colleges, honors directors, and deans, as well as faculty, staff and students.
For more information about the UAB School of Education, go to www.uab.edu/education.
Each year, CGI U brings together 1,200 undergraduate and graduate students from around the world to address challenges with practical, innovative solutions.
Newfound details of rare disease may advance understanding of brain tumors.
Be intentional when selecting smart phone apps for your kid, UAB experts say.
Preparation for an innovative, complex UAB program has been years in the making, and up to 30 “hard-to-match” patients are expected to receive organs this year.
Hundreds of the nation’s top physicians practice at UAB, according to the latest edition of the Best Doctors in America® database.
A genetic variant that shapes each person’s immune response contributes to the chances of developing autoimmune disease.
Kuleshov will perform a program of works by Bach, Scarlatti, Tchaikovsky, Scriabin, Rachmaninoff and Liszt.
A $10,000 grant will support a public performance and two outreach programs conducted by Ailey II through ArtPlay.
The 2014 Evidence-Based Guideline for the Management of High Blood Pressure in Adults contains nine recommendations for health care providers.
Medical device advice: home blood pressure machines and the who, what and when of digital thermometers.
UAB’s Collat School of Business students get grants and plan to help the community and inspire local students.
From free student and faculty recitals and performances to guest artist recitals, master classes, symposiums and more, UAB Music has much to offer the community.
Running around town trying to get holiday tasks crossed off the list may mean jaywalking to save time. But one UAB expert says this should be avoided at all times.
Donations from the foundation to UAB total more than $10,000 to date.
Bethany McClellan just completed a yearlong stint as the 2012-2013 UAB/Birmingham Museum of Art Curatorial Fellow that culminates with the show “Vanguard Views.”
Phillips will perform “A Southern Prelude,” an original work for solo piano by UAB Associate Professor William Price in a free concert at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 9.
The University of Alabama at Birmingham College of Arts and Sciences will host its Distinguished Alumni Awards Reception on Thursday, Dec. 12.
Professor of Microbiology David Briles, Ph.D., and Professor of Optometry Lawrence DeLucas, O.D., Ph.D., received this high professional distinction.
WISE is an international, multisectoral platform for creative thinking, debate and purposeful action in order to build the future of education through innovation.
The Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science is the nursing science arm of the American Academy of Nursing.
Each year the BBNA carefully selects nursing leaders who have made a vast impact in their field for this distinction.
As artist-in-residence, he will continue to represent UAB as an ambassador for the arts and serve as a mentor to young people who have an interest in the arts.
Students in the Music Technology program have been hard at work mixing sound for “Stakes,” a new movie by UAB grad Brandon Mason.
The courses are ideal for students entering a health profession, those who wish to learn more about health care or those enrolled in a health profession program.
In all, 11 members of the UAB SNA chapter attended the annual state convention.
Wilbanks earned his Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from the UAB School of Nursing in 2012 and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. with a concentration in informatics.
They were honored at the Scholarship and Legends in White Gala held at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham on Nov. 2.
Thompson is on track to graduate from the SHP executive doctoral program in 2016.
This is the first time an original work produced by the Alys Stephens Center will be developed and produced in another city.
Change in key protein unleashes natural defense against major kidney disease mechanism.
A UAB study shows early maturing in adolescent girls can increase aggressive and delinquent behavior.
Politics and religion are considered unsafe topics of conversation at parties. This holiday season, experts at UAB say avoiding one other topic – weight – can help everyone be more merry and bright.
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