ashley cannonAshley Cannon, Ph.D.Ashley Cannon, Ph.D., alumna of the UAB School of Health Professions' Genetic Counseling program, and member of the UAB Department of Genetics has been named the 2016 recipient of the prestigious Francis S. Collins Scholars Program Award. 

She was accepted into the Francis S. Collins Scholars Program in Neurofibromatosis Clinical and Translational Research, sponsored by the neurofibromatosis therapeutic acceleration program at Johns Hopkins University.

“Because Ashley Cannon trained in and serves as both a genetic counselor and a neuroscientist, her work embodies the clinician-scientist role typified by Dr. Collins, for whom the program is named in recognition of his contributions to NF research,” said Bruce Korf, M.D., professor and Wayne H. and Sara Crews Finley Chair in Medical Genetics in the Department of Genetics.

Cannon is the first individual in the UAB neurofibromatosis program to have received this significant honor, which is designed to attract the highest level of talent to the field of NF by providing salary and research support to advance rigorous clinical translational research that will lead to improved treatment options for patients. NF is a genetic disorder that affects one in 3,000 people. The disorder can cause tumors to grow on nerves throughout the body. NF can lead to blindness, bone abnormalities, cancer, deafness, disfigurement, learning disabilities and disabling pain. 

There is no cure and no effective treatment for NF. However, UAB’s role as an international leader in research for all forms of NF has led to pioneering advances in understanding the genetic mechanisms involved, providing patients with access to progressive therapies and leading-edge information.

Nancy White Courtesy Arlington Free ClinicNancy White, PT, DPT, Photo Courtesy Arlington Free ClinicNancy White, PT, DPT, alumna of UAB Physical Therapy in the School of Health Professions, has been named to the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute advisory panel on Assessment of Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment Options. The PCORI panel identifies and prioritizes critical research questions for possible funding plus provides feedback and advice on evaluating and disseminating the research that is conducted.

Service to physical therapy is nothing new for White. Since 2015, she has served as executive director of the Arlington Free Clinic whose mission is to provide exemplary health care for those in need across Arlington, Virginia. Established in 1994, the Arlington Free Clinic serves about 1,600 patients every year.

Prior to that, White served the American Physical Therapy Association for six years in several roles. She started as associate director for the Department of Practice, then moved to senior director for Practice and Research and last served as executive vice president of Professional Affairs. Before joining APTA in 2009, White was in direct clinical practice and management for 30 years.
On Monday, September 26, 2016, the UAB Department of Occupational Therapy inducted 17 students into the Alpha Beta Chapter of Pi Theta Epsilon. This is the largest Pi Theta class inducted by UAB OT. New members include:

  • 2016 Pi Theta Epsilon ClassUAB OT 2016 Pi Theta Epsilon ClassMandy Arnette
  • Lauren Atkins
  • Leah Baumgartner
  • Kaitlyn Bennett
  • Sarah Brooke
  • Shelby Builta
  • Kristen Crain
  • Elyse Dickens
  • Bailee Ellis
  • Jennie Hood
  • Bailee King
  • Lauren Lambert
  • Bartlee Linton
  • Lauren Malicote
  • Mary McIntyre
  • Jessica Varnadore
  • Lori Williamson

Rachel Harley Air Force Marathon WinnerRachel Harley, wins Air Force Marathon
(photo courtesy USAF)
Rachel Harley, a student in the UAB School of Health ProfessionsDepartment of Nutrition Sciences, overcame rain and 15,000 runners to win the 20th annual U.S. Air Force Marathon at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. Harley, whose winning time was 2:58:31, was competing in her first marathon.

“I feel awesome, this was my first marathon so I didn’t know how I would do,” said Harley in an article on the U.S. Air Force official website. “My dad and grandfather were both in the Air Force so this marathon was very special for me and I am thankful for those who serve our country.”

In addition to winning, Harley’s finishing time qualifies her for the Boston Marathon which will be held Monday, April 17, 2017.

WarrenLisa Warren, MSHA Class 23
Photo Courtesy: Bob Farley / f8Photo
Two alumni of the UAB School of Health Professions’ Master of Science in Health Administration program have been named to the Leadership Birmingham Class of 2017.

Teresa Shufflebarger (MSHA Class 28), chief business development officer, Brookwood Baptist Health, and Lisa Warren (MSHA Class 23), CEO, Andrews Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center, join a class of 50 community leaders that will explore Birmingham’s critical issues in health care, diversity, economic development, government and much more over the next year.

Other community leaders joining Shufflebarger and Warren include Anne Buckley, APR, chief communications officer at UAB; Gary Edwards, CEO of United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Birmingham; Angela McClintock, director of Jefferson County Department of Human Resources; and Wes Smith, president of Mayer Electric Supply and past-president of the UAB National Alumni Society.

The UAB Master of Science in Health Administration program, ranked #2 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, prepares students to assume executive leadership positions in a broad range of health services organizations. Leadership Birmingham was incorporated in 1982 and has selected one class of community leaders every years since 1983.
PT Alums ALAPTAJno-Finn, Gilbert, Johnson
at ALAPTA installation
The Alabama Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association (ALAPTA), the statewide professional organization for physical therapists, physical therapy assistants and physical therapy students, installed three University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Physical Therapy alumni to their leadership team.

Andrea Johnson will serve as president of the ALAPTA for 2016 - 2018. She replaces UAB PT alumna Ellen Strunk who is now in the role of past-president.

Fred Gilbert has been named PT Representative-at-Large. Gilbert is no stranger to APTA or to serving. In 2014, he was the first UAB PT student elected president of the APTA Student Assembly.

Miral Patel IMiral Patel, a student in the UAB School of Health Professions’ Biotechnology program, won “3rd Place – Poster Presentation” and his abstract was selected as one in four “best abstract - for oral presentation” at Summer Institute 2016 sponsored by the National Cancer Institute.

Patel’s poster was titled “Expression of p16INK4A in Cervical Precancerous Lesions Unlikely to be Preventable by HPV Vaccines” and he worked with researcher Suguna Badiga, Ph.D., in the UAB Department of Nutrition Sciences under guidance and lab of Chandrika Piyathilake, Ph.D.

The UAB Biotechnology program teaches students how to take scientific ideas from the bench top to business in just 365 days. This one-year program offers a viable alternate path for graduates of science programs into practical and lucrative job tracks rather than into programs that take much longer to complete and are often too narrowly focused in specific disciplines.
Marshmallow Challenge 02Student leaders in the UAB School of Health Professions' Biomedical Sciences program held their annual retreat this weekend.

The BMD Student Organization Executive Council team members, including Seema Abu-Khajeel, Chris Burton, Carol Lin, Kelsey Maclin, Asia Michael, Leena Patel, Julia Pham, Makayla Ramsey, Cody Roberts and Ashlyn Swaney, met together for the first time in the BMD Suite on the 4th floor of the School of Health Professions Building.

In addition to mapping out strategies and goals for the 2016 - 2017 academic year, the Executive Council split into two groups for the "Marshmallow Challenge". In this challenge each team has 18 minutes to build a free-standing tower using only 20 sticks of spaghetti, one yard of tape and one yard of string - the catch is that the structure must hold the marshmallow at the top.

The winning team (pictured above) included Abu-Khajeel, Burton, Patel, Ramsey, and Swaney.

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Neerav Jadeja and John Kueven, alumni of the UAB Master of Science in Health Administration program, have been named to Becker’s Hospital Review annual “Rising Stars: 50 Healthcare Leaders Under 40.”

Neerav Jadeja, MSHA Class 36

Neerav JadejaNeerav Jadeja, MSHA Class 36Jadeja serves as administrator of Paradise Valley Hospital in National City, California. His Becker's profile talks about a car accident he survived that led him to a career in health care.

As a student at the UAB School of Health Professions, Jadeja was president of MSHA Class 36. He started his career as COO of Shands Lakeshore, based in Lake City, Florida, in 2002. Beginning in 2008, he served as COO of Southwest Healthcare System’s Inland Valley and Rancho Springs Medical Centers.

Jadeja was also a member of Becker's Hospital ReviewRising Stars: 25 Healthcare Leaders Under 40” in 2014.