Renowned expert named inaugural director of UAB Informatics InstituteJames J. Cimino, M.D., will lead UAB's new Informatics Institute, which was established in June 2014. Cimino, who previously was the chief of the Laboratory for Informatics Development at the NIH Clinical Center and a senior scientist at the National Library of Medicine, is a national leader in the field of biomedical informatics and co-editor of the most influential textbook on the subject.Research enters data-driven eraDuring 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.Cerfolio to help promote excellence at historic Alabama high schoolA partnership between Professor Robert Cerfolio, M.D., and Montgomery's Sidney Lanier High School will help support and encourage students interested in medicine. Students will get a chance to hear the latest research strategies and literature and gain access to mentors and other resources, and UAB will help with the college-admission process, financial aid and strategies for success.Team-learning techniques are in use all around UAB
Professors already are using tested techniques to better engage students — ahead of the QEP, which begins with the fall semester.Nursing receives grant to open heart-failure clinicThe University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing has received a $1.5 million Nurse Education Practice Quality Retention grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration to open a new nurse-managed, population-based, transitional care clinic for heart-failure patients recently discharged from UAB Hospital.Online business graduate programs among nation’s bestU.S. News & World Report included Collat School of Business’ online master’s degrees among its list of top national programs. The programs were rated No. 17.Center for family literacy founded to continue work of longtime UAB researcherThe Manning Family Center, housed in the UAB School of Education, will bring together expertise from many areas of literacy to provide services for children and families in the Birmingham community, Alabama, regionally and globally. It will serve as a coordination point for research and foster initiatives at UAB and through community partners.'We don't have to be heroes to be helpful'UAB Associate Professor Stefan Kertesz, M.D., who directs a special primary care clinic for homeless veterans at the Birmingham VA Medical Center, spoke about ways ordinary people can make a difference in the world during a Dec. 8 TEDxBirmingham Salon that explored ideas about poverty in Birmingham.Nation’s longest kidney transplant chain reaches 34The UAB kidney chain, which began December 2013 and expects more transplants in January 2015, ‘showcases the power of the human spirit in every aspect.’Benevolent Fund awards first impact grant to Magic City HarvestThe non-profit, which distributes perishable food to the city’s poor, was selected by a vote of UAB employees during a public forum Dec. 10.UAB provides care, support to sickest patients where they need it
The UAB Center for Palliative and Supportive Care is reaching out to seriously ill patients in the community through its ambulatory care program to improve quality of care and create better outcomes.Two from UAB to speak at TEDxBirmingham salon Dec. 8
Stefan Kertesz, M.D., and medical student Ynhi Thai are among the speakers who will explore ideas about addressing poverty in Birmingham. A limited number of tickets will be available beginning at noon Monday, Nov. 24.PublicHealthOnline.org ranks UAB graduate programs among the nation's bestLearn more about the UAB School of Public Health and its degrees during its open house Nov. 21.Common blood-pressure drug reverses diabetes in mice, human trials to beginMom of NFL player is 28th link in nation’s longest kidney chainEstella Floyd, mother of Indianapolis Colts cornerback and special teams star Loucheiz Purifoy, got to see her son for the first time since May recently when he visited home on a bye week. It was also the first time he had seen her since she received a new kidney as a link in the UAB Kidney Chain.Faculty spreads knowledge, technology to new African medical schools
Professor Peter Anderson helps improve medical education in Zambia by sharing his resources through virtual microscopy.UAB listed among top schools to earn an MBAIts ties to local business, strong curriculum, knowledgeable faculty and diverse student body are among the reasons UAB's Collat School of Business was named among “The 296 Best Business Schools.”Fulbright scholar here to improve health care in Ukraine
Iryna Mazhak, Ph.D., a Fulbright Visiting Scholar from Ukraine, is developing a medical sociology course and textbook materials during her nine months at UAB. No such course or textbook exists in her homeland, she says.How safe are you on the Internet?Participate in a brief, large-scale survey of Internet users that will help UAB researchers design strong authentication systems for securing information privacy.UAB is prepared for Ebola, other emergency situationsUAB experts say the hospital made preparations to manage Ebola as soon as they learned of the outbreak in Africa. “We have a tiered system of medical professionals and first-responders who have anticipated and planned for just about any situation that could affect our area,” said Sarah Nafziger, M.D., associate professor of emergency medicine and assistant EMS medical director for the Alabama Department of Public Health.