UAB School of Health Professions Current News
- Created on July 25, 2011
The UAB Department of Nutrition Sciences announces the addition of faculty member Paula C. Chandler-Laney, Ph.D. She transferred from a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Nutrition Sciences to an assistant professor. She earned a B.A. in psychology from the University of Auckland, in her native country, New Zealand. She went on to complete a B.S. in psychology at UAB in 2000. In 2006, she completed her Ph.D. in behavioral neuroscience at UAB.
- Created on July 08, 2011
After working as an occupational therapist in the private sector for 12 years, Deek Cunningham decided it was time to return to his alma mater, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, to teach in the Department of Occupational Therapy in the School of Health Professions.
“One of my goals was to teach in the OT program,” said Cunningham, M.S., OTR/L, ATP, “I always knew, however, I needed more clinical experience to bring to the table.”
- Created on July 05, 2011
- Created on May 24, 2011
Two University of Alabama at Birmingham departments have joined forces to create a new doctoral program. The Department of Occupational Therapy and Department of Physical Therapy in the School of Health Professions is offering a Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Science this fall.
- Created on May 20, 2011
University of Alabama at Birmingham published online May 18, 2011, by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
In this study, 69 healthy, overweight people who did not have diabetes — but were at risk for it — were placed on diets with modest reductions in either fat or carbohydrate for eight weeks.
“At eight weeks, the group on the lower fat diet had significantly higher insulin secretion and better glucose tolerance and tended to have higher insulin sensitivity,” said Barbara Gower, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Nutrition Sciences at UAB and lead author of the study. “These improvements indicate a decreased risk for diabetes.”
- Created on May 19, 2011
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 to the Institute of Medicine’s National Cancer Policy Forum.
IOM forums are designed to allow government, industry, academic and other representatives to identify emerging high-priority policy issues to combat cancer and promote discussion about potential opportunities for action.
Wahnefried will serve a three-year term, with the possibility of an additional three-year term.
- Created on May 19, 2011
A University of Alabama at Birmingham professor won a $40,000 grant through the 2011 American Cancer Society Award Cycle on the potential links of early childhood adiposity, fat found in the adipose tissue, and later development of breast cancer. Krista Casazza, Ph.D, an assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition Sciences in the School of Health Professions, also placed first in the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center Junior Faculty Development Grant mechanism.
- Created on May 12, 2011
A trip to the store or the library is never simple for three-year-old Xavier Kurre. The Oak Mountain toddler has cortical vision impairment and autism which makes a “simple” trip out of the home very tense and over stimulating for him.
“His emotions are over the top when we are out in public,” said Nancy Kurre, Xavier’s mother. “There’s too much noise or lights and he can be very happy one minute or sad the next.”
But that changed the first time he entered the new multi sensory environment (MSE) at the United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Birmingham (UCP).
- Created on May 02, 2011
Jerry King, in the Department of Clinical & Diagnostic Sciences, got a call Friday from the Emergency Management Control Center in Cullman, Ala. They were looking for respiratory therapy students to volunteer at a medical relief shelter opened for people on chronic therapy, CPAP and BiPAP. The shelter was also providing meals and water to residents without power as well as allowing tornado survivors to charge batteries to wheelchairs and other medical equipment.University of Alabama at Birmingham Assistant Professor
“This was not a hard decision to make,” said King. “I knew our staff and students could make a difference to this community and help those in need.”
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