UAB School of Health Professions Current News

Pijuan-Thompson elected pres-elect of national Cytotechnology association

Vivian_Pijuan-ThompsonVivian Pijuan-Thompson, Ph.D., has been elected as president-elect of the American Society for Cytotechnology (ASCT). In this role, she will serve as the president of ASCT Foundation. She will take over as president-elect in April at the conclusion of the group’s annual meeting.


Bolus receives SNMTS Fellowship

Norman_BolusNorman E. Bolus, MPH, CNMT, has received a Fellowship from the Society of Nuclear Medicine Technologist Section (SNMTS). It is awarded to members of the SNMTS who have demonstrated leadership and have made a significant contribution to the profession of nuclear medicine at the national level. Bolus will be acknowledged at the SNMTS Plenary and Awards Recognition in June 2012.


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Casazza wins diabetes research grant

krista_casazzaKrista Casazza, Ph.D., R.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition Sciences, has been named one of five winners of the 2012 Diabetes Research and Training Center (DRTC) pilot and feasibility grant. More than 31 applications were received from across UAB.

Casazza received $50,000 for her one year study to evaluate the effects of prolonged sitting on inflammation and insulin sensitivity in overweight kids. The children will participate in the study on three occasions. Doug Moellering, Ph.D., an instructor in the department, is a collaborator on the project.  


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.”