UAB School of Health Professions Current News

Rimmer appointed to endowed chair in health promotion and rehabilitation sciences

James_RimmerThe University of Alabama System Board of Trustees approved the establishment of the Lakeshore Foundation Endowed Chair in Health Promotion and Rehabilitation Sciences in the UAB School of Health Professions and appointed James H. Rimmer, Ph.D., as its first holder during its meeting Feb. 3, 2012. Rimmer joined the SHP faculty in January 2012 after a nationwide search and serves as the director of research for the UAB/Lakeshore Research Collaborative.

Biotechnology students to develop apps for iCubate

biotechnology studentsDr. Jian Han of HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology is working with Biotechnology students Pamela Briggs and Jeff Hicks to develop apps.The next time you order red snapper from a restaurant, it could actually be the lower-quality fish tilapia. That grouper you bought at the grocery store may in fact be catfish. And that pricier, canned white tuna or albacore could be escolar, which can cause digestion problems. It makes you wonder, do you know what kind of fish you are eating?

According to the Food and Drug Administration port inspections, a third of seafood sold in the U.S. is mislabeled as one type when it’s actually something else, even something cheaper. The FDA purchased five DNA testing machines last year to test for fish fraud.


Newcomer heads new UAB Honors College

Bradley NewcomerIn the beginning, there was Ada Long, who founded the original University Honors Program 25 years ago.

It was eventually joined by the Early Medical Professional Schools Acceptance Program (EMPSAP), Science and Technology Honors, and Experiential Learning and Global and Community Leadership Honors. Now, a new Honors College will bring a student-friendly and organizational focus to the programs.



MedAssets CEO keynote speaker at L.R. Jordan Lecture Feb. 16

John BardisJohn A. Bardis, founder, chairman and CEO of MedAssets, Inc. in Atlanta, will be the keynote speaker at the Eighth Annual L. R. “Rush” Jordan Lecture on Feb. 16, 2102 at 6:30 p.m. at the Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover, co-hosted by the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Department of Health Services Administration and UAB Health System. The theme for this year's event is, "Global Economics: The Reality is Finally Here for Healthcare."


Clinical Laboratory Scientists critical in blood donation process

Blood_Typing_Close_UpWhen you give blood, the people you mainly interact with are nurses. But there are other professionals who play an integral role in the blood donation process.

“The most critical part involves the behind the scenes work performed by Clinical Laboratory Scientists,” said Janelle Chiasera, Ph.D., interim chair of the Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences at UAB. “They assure that the blood products you receive are compatible with your blood and safe for you from a disease transmission perspective.”


Barstow wins national OT award

Elizabeth_BarstowUAB Occupational Therapy assistant professor Beth Barstow, MS, OTR/L, SCLV, won the Cordelia Myers Writers Award from the American Occupational Therapy Association for her article, “Do Home Safety Assessments Address the Concerns of Clients with Vision Loss?” The article was published in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy in November. The award is given to first time authors of a feature article.


Brown named inaugural director of PhD in Rehabilitation Science program

David BrownDavid A. Brown, PT, Ph.D., a leading expert on physical therapy and rehabilitation, has been tapped as the inaugural director of the PhD in Rehabilitation Science program in the School of Health Professions at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The program is housed jointly in the Department of Occupational Therapy and the Department of Physical Therapy to prepare graduates to contribute to the field of rehabilitation as academicians and scientists. 


PA's join the fight for oral health

Oral diseases can have an impact on the health of all ages from babies in the womb to the elderly fighting tooth decay due to simple things such as their medicine. But oral health is often missed especially if patients do not routinely visit a dentist and instead rely on primary care providers. The National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) created a documentary to promote oral health in primary care facilities and prominently featured several UAB faculty members including our own Physician Assistant Program Director Pat Jennings,DrPh, PA-C, faculty member Kara Caruthers, MSPAS, PA-C, along with UAB Dentist Jeff Hill and UAB patient Chris Cantrell.

Rimmer to head joint health promotion-rehabilitation science research

James RimmerInternationally known researcher James Rimmer, Ph.D., will become the Lakeshore Foundation Endowed Chair in Health Promotion and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Health Professions, effective Jan. 3, 2012, pending approval of the University of Alabama Board of Trustees. In that role Rimmer, who has been developing and directing programs for people with disabilities for 30 years, will lead the UAB/Lakeshore Research Collaborative.