UAB School of Health Professions Current News

New BCBS policy to increase public access to quality care

PAA recent vote by the Retirement Systems of Alabama/Public Education Employees’ Health Insurance Plan (PEEHIP) Board of Control adds physician assistants (PAs) as providers to Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) insurance policies. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has designated the majority of Alabama counties as Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA), meaning there is one physician or less per 3,500 residents. The PEEHIP vote will increase access to quality medical care for those in medically underserved areas.

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Graham elected to national APTA committee

Cecilia GrahamCecilia Graham, PT, Ph.D., the Bergman Pinkston Endowed Professor and associate professor in the UAB Department of Physical Therapy, has been elected to the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) nominating committee. She is one of five physical therapists in the U.S. serving on the committee.

"The nominating committee plays a critical role in identifying and fostering leaders of our association,” said Graham. “I am honored to be elected to this position and it is a privilege to be charged with this responsibility."

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CDS adds Biomedical Sciences undergraduate program

The Alabama Commission on Higher Education (ACHE) and the University of Alabama System Board of Trustees approved the addition of a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).

shp biomedical sciences majorThis new program, housed in the UAB School of Health Professions, leverages the strengths and expertise from faculty across campus to emphasize the study of life processes in the context of human health and disease risk, diagnosis, management and treatment.

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Four from Nutrition Sciences honored at ENDO 2013

ENDO13 Holly ResuehrThe University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) has three current and one former member of the Department of Nutrition Sciences take home major honors at the Endocrine Society’s 95th Annual Meeting and Expo (ENDO 2013).

Barbara Gower, Ph.D., professor, wins an Outstanding Reviewer award. She is one of only 12 at the event to receive this honor.

Holly Resuehr, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow (pictured, right), wins Outstanding Abstract, $500 and a Blue Ribbon for her poster titled “Changes in osteocalcin and insulin sensitivity with weight loss through diet and exercise.”

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Online Program Helps Rehabilitation Therapists Improve, Expand Services

The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Health Professions has launched an online, health-focused graduate certificate that prepares physical and occupational therapists to provide expanded services to clients in the rapidly growing areas of prevention, health promotion and wellness.

PT OT CertThe 18-month program, Health Focused Patient/Client Management for Physical and Occupational Therapists, provides physical and occupational therapists with the skills needed to address lifestyle behaviors that underlie many chronic diseases.

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UAB DRC receives 5 year grant exceeding $5M

Tim GarveyThe University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Diabetes Research Center (DRC) has received a five-year renewal grant for more than $5 million from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease (NIDDK), one of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The new funding cycle reflects the center’s accomplishments over the previous five-year period.

“I’m proud to say we were told that the new funding is a reflection of what DRC diabetes investigators have accomplished over the past five years,” said W. Timothy Garvey, M.D., professor and chair of the Department of Nutrition Sciences and principal investigator of the new grant. “This award speaks volumes to our team’s dedication and determination to discovering new methods for treatment and prevention of diabetes.”

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UAB Diabetes Research Center recruiting for national study

Tim GarveyInvestigators at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) are studying the long-term benefits and risks of four widely used diabetes drugs in combination with metformin, the most common first-line medication for treating type 2 diabetes. Recruitment of volunteers for the project, called the Glycemia Reduction Approaches in Diabetes: A Comparative Effectiveness (GRADE) Study, begins in June.

Doctors may add one of several other drugs to lower glucose, blood sugar, if metformin is not enough to manage type 2 diabetes in a person. While short-term studies have shown the efficacy of different drugs when used with metformin, there have been no long-terms studies of which combination works best and has fewer side effects.

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Cytology professor elected president of national association

Vivian Pijuan-ThompsonVivian Pijuan-Thompson, Ph.D., has been named president of the American Society of Cytotechnology (ASCT). She took over the role at the conclusion of the group’s annual meeting on April 21, 2013.

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Physician Assistant faculty members pay it forward for the next generation

SPA faculty members Kris Maday and Kara CaruthersKara Caruthers, MSPAS, PA-C, will tell you she did not get to the place in her life right now all by herself. The Physician Assistant Studies assistant professor said she was fortunate to have parents that were very supportive of her going to college, but neither parent finished college.

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