UAB School of Health Professions Current News

Bickel volunteers to teach PT to Chinese health care workers

Scott Bickel demonstrates PT tips to Chinese health care workersScott Bickel demonstrates PT tips to Chinese health care workers.UAB alumni Tom and Janet Hicks began working in China as physicians in 1996. They have seen steady progress in the quality of care provided during the past 15 years, but there is much more that needs to be done — especially in physical therapy.

So the Hickses invited a team of physicians, nurses and other health-care providers to China. As a result, an interdisciplinary team of eight people — six with UAB ties — spent a week in Lanzhou, China, this past summer. Part of their mission was to teach physical therapy techniques to health-care providers at a hospital and nursing home. They also lectured on the state of practice in trauma/burns ICU, pediatric critical care and laparoscopic surgery.


NMT student wins "SHP's Biggest UAB Fan" contest

Damien Milton wins SHP Biggest FanIt was a tight race, but Nuclear Medicine Technology student Damien Milton won the inaugural "SHP's Biggest UAB Fan" contest. He barely beat out Sarah Calamusa by receiving the most "likes" or votes on the SHP's Facebook page. Dean Haorld Jones presented Milton, a senior, a "big check" for his $250 book scholarship for the spring 2012 semester. 


Nutrition Sciences receives Grand Challenges Explorations funding

gates_storyThe University of Alabama at Birmingham announced today that it will receive funding through Grand Challenges Explorations, an initiative created by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that enables researchers worldwide to test unorthodox ideas that address persistent health and development challenges. Mohammad Khaled, Ph.D., professor emeritus in the Department of Nutrition Sciences in the School of Health Professions, will pursue an innovative global health research project, titled “Healthy Growth of Infants by Treating Maternal Anemia.”


Health Information Management: one of nine hot majors

health_information_managementYou don’t have to look very far to find one of the “nine hot college majors” ranked by U.S. News & World ReportHealth Information Management (HIM), in the UAB Department of Health Services Administration, is ranked fourth on the list as being a huge need in the industry.


Laken nominated best respiratory care

Debra LakenDebra Laken, CRT, RRT, AE-C, has been named a nominee for the “Best of the 2011 Respiratory Care” by RT Magazine.  She was one of 75 respiratory therapy professional nominated across the country that work for either a private health care facility or teach at a university. Laken is a professor for the UAB Respiratory Therapy program.  RT Magazine annually profiles the industry’s top respiratory care professionals.

Former HSA faculty member and healthcare executive Nurkin passes

Harry_NurkinHarry A. Nurkin, PhD, former healthcare executive and UAB Department of Health Services Administration faculty member, lost his battle with pancreatic cancer on October 13, 2011. 


Anti-obesity combo may prevent diabetes in obese patients

Tim Garvey headshotThe investigational anti-obesity compound known as controlled-release (CR) phentermine/topiramate may prevent progression to type 2 diabetes in obese patients who are prediabetic, said W. Timothy Garvey, M.D.,  chair of the UAB Department of Nutrition Sciences. More of his study can be read on Renal & Urology News.

Has quality of care diminished in private nursing homes?

Rohit_PradhanRohit PradhanThe acquisition and sale of nursing homes by private-equity firms is a decade-long trend that may reduce the quality of care, says University of Alabama at Birmingham researcher Rohit Pradhan, Ph.D.

Pradhan, a fellow in the Department of Health Services Administration in the UAB School of Health Professions, received a grant from the National Institute on Aging to study the implications of such transactions. 


Four of the top 10 best health careers offered at SHP

Clinical_Laboratory_SciencesThe UAB School of Health Professions offers four of the top 10 best careers in healthcare by U.S. News & World ReportClinical laboratory technology ranked at number three, occupational therapy at number five, physician assistant at seven and physical therapy at number eight.