UAB GRADE study for diabetes: Saving Santa and You
The GRADE study at the University of Alabama at Birmingham had a special visitor in November. Red suit. Black boots. White beard. Belly that shook like a bowl full of jelly. A V.I.E. (Very Important Elf) visited this national clinical trial for Type 2 diabetes.
The GRADE study is evaluating four new medications for Type 2 diabetes. Patient confidentiality issues prohibit UAB from confirming anything about the health status of any patient, including our V.I.E. Suffice it to say that the Big Guy has some risk factors for diabetes.
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Sweatt Receives NORC 2013 Creativity AwardThe University of Alabama at Birmingham Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC), Creativity is a Decision Awards, were announced for 2013. This unique competition allows for submission of the most creative ideas for grant proposals in obesity-related research. The contest was open to Graduate Students, Postdoctoral Fellows, and Faculty & Staff members. The NORC had 25 applicants submit one-page proposals, and nine winners were selected. Sarah Katherine Sweatt of the Department of Nutrition Sciences was one of the recipients.
The selected predoctoral award winners and their proposed projects are:
- William Neumeier, MS – “Caloric Intake with Heuristics, Exercise, and Weight Stratification (CHEWS)”.
- Sarah Katherine Sweatt, MS – “Does a eucaloric high fat, low carbohydrate diet improve metabolic outcomes and increase free-living physical activity?”
The NORC leadership developed the idea for this “outside-the-box” contest (see: http://www.norc.uab.edu/opportunities/prize). This was the third time it was held, and the NORC hopes to continue sponsoring on an annual basis.