UAB Physical Therapy alumni Emmett Parker, PT, MS, ATC, was recently honored with the Alabama Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association’s 2011 Chapter Leadership Award. Parker’s activities as chair of the chapter’s Government Affairs Committee (GAC) were cited in the nomination submitted for the Award. In this position, Parker has reorganized the chapter’s advocacy structure resulting in numerous legislative successes and a new level of political influence for the physical therapy profession in Montgomery. He will also receive the 2011 APTA State Legislative Leadership Award at the APTA State Policy and Payment Forum in Austin, TX later this month.
Parker is the president of Accelerated Physical Therapy, Inc. in Birmingham. He received his Master’s of Science in Physical Therapy from UAB in 1994.
Davis received his master's degree in health administration in 2001 from UAB.
Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Nutrition Sciences and associate director for cancer prevention and control at the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center, has been named president-elect of the American Society of Preventive Oncology. The ASPO is a multi-disciplinary society committed to serving as an advocate for cancer and control research. She has been a member for nearly 20 years.
A UAB Nutrition Sciences alumni has been chosen to receive a Pat Simons Travel Award from The Obesity Society. Mandy Willig, a nutrition sciences doctoral graduate in 2010, was selected for her abstract, “Race and Gender are Associated with Body Mass Index and Markers of Immune Function among Patients Living with HIV.” She is a postdoctoral scholar in the department of medicine-infectious diseases at UAB. Only 15 applicants nationally received the award which recognizes research excellence by young investigators. The top 15 was based on reviewer scores of scientific review. Each finalist will receive a $500 check.
Respiratory Therapy student LaVonna Parham raced across a room while throwing a ball up in the air and then watched as her campers played musical chairs using hoola-hoops. In another area of the McWane Science Center, senior respiratory therapy student Ashley Anyadike sat in a circle with her campers as the subject got serious. Each camper was holding a cut out face to write down how their asthma makes them feel. The UAB students are camp counselors in Children’s of Alabama’s Sixteenth Annual “Reach Your Peak Asthma Camp.”UAB
Instead of spending part of the summer with his friends, 17-year-old Cullen Akin of Florence, Ala. is spending a week in class for eight hours a day. Aiken is not in summer school, and he’s not in your typical class. This soon-to-be senior is one of nine high school students from across the state receiving some hands-on experience during the UAB School of Health Professions “Science Camp” sponsored by the School’s Office of Student Services and Diversity Committee.
John Lowman, Ph.D., PT, as assistant professor in the UAB Department of Physical Therapy, presented at the 34th Annual European Cystic Fibrosis Society Conference in Hamburg, Germany. Lowman’s talk during the Exercise Working Group was on "Treadmill Exercise Testing."
Lowman discussed the "Bruce protocol" cardiopulmonary exercise test as the most common exercise test used in the U.S. for both kids and adults. It has also been used worldwide for testing kids and adults with and without cystic fibrosis. Compared to cycling protocols (more common in Europe), it results in a higher peak exercise capacity (peak VO2) and better discriminates those patients that become hypoxemic with exercise.