UAB School of Health Professions Current News

Shaw receives highest award from state PT group

Shaw_receiving_GossmanUAB Department of Physical Therapy Chair Sharon Shaw, PT, DrPH, received the Marilyn Gossman Professionalism in Physical Therapy Award from the Alabama Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association. This is considered the chapter’s most prestigious honor to recognize a member demonstrating outstanding professionalism in any of the areas of physical therapy service, practice, education and/or research.

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Cold mice might be skewing weight loss drug studies

Daniel_SmithAnimals or people burn calories in an effort to keep warm, and room temperature may be affecting the testing and development of weight-loss drugs, says University of Alabama at Birmingham researcher Daniel Smith, Ph.D.

Smith, an instructor in the Department of Nutrition Sciences, received a 2011 Early-Career Research Grants from The Obesity Society for his proposal to examine the affect of room temperature on obesity-related drug effects in mice.

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Earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree in five years

occuptional_therapyHow would you like to graduate with a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in five years instead of more than six? It’s possible with the Fast OT program in the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Health Professions. The program allows students to earn a Bachelor of Science in Health Care Management in three years and a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy in two years.

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Chandler-Laney joins Nutrition faculty

planeyThe 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.

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OT alum comes back to teach

Deek_CunninghamAfter 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.”

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HSA professor helps build national IT curriculum

eta_bernerUAB is one of the five curriculum-development centers that collaborated to develop a national health-information-technology curriculum that now is available to the public through the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC).

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New Rehabilitation Science doctoral program offered at SHP

Rehab_ScienceTwo 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.

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Lowering Fat Intake Might Stave Off Diabetes Even Without Weight Loss

Barbara_GowerBarbara Gower, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Nutrition Sciences at UAB and lead authorSmall differences in diet – even without weight loss – can significantly affect risk for diabetes, according to research from the 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.”

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Demark-Wahnefried named to IOM forum

WendyDemark_WahnefriedWendy 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.

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