The UAB Nutrition Obesity Research Center is pleased to announce the recipients of our sixth annual “Creativity is a Decision Awards”. Each of the applicants chosen for the award had earlier submitted a one page description of a truly creative idea for a new research project. These were ranked by a group of outside and inside reviewers, with the top ranked proposals selected. Selected Predoctoral award winners and proposed projects: 1. Schneider, Camille - Graduate Trainee - Nutrition Sciences/NORC Postpartum body composition and breastmilk hormones

KrumdieckCarlos Luis Krumdieck, 1932 - 2016

Carlos Luis Krumdieck, Ph.D., one of the early leaders and founding faculty of the Department of Nutrition Sciences in the UAB School of Health Professions, passed away in Charlotte, North Carolina on May 6, 2016, of Parkinson's disease. During his time at UAB he served as vice chairman and director of nutritional biochemistry.

Dr. Krumdieck, together with his colleagues Charles E. Butterworth and Roland L. Weinsier, founded the Department of Nutrition Sciences in 1977. The Department was chartered at that time by UAB President, Dr. S. Richardson Hill, Jr., as an academic department that was jointly aligned with three schools: the School of Health Professions, the School of Medicine, and the School of Dentistry.

RS9775 timothy garvey 2008 1 scrW. Timothy Garvey, MD, FACEUnder the leadership of W. Timothy Garvey, MD, FACE, chair of the UAB School of Health Professions Department of Nutrition Sciences, the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists unveils new guidelines for obesity management. Released by the Obesity Scientific Committee, chaired by Garvey, the clinical practice guidelines emphasize a patient-centric approach that individualizes treatment with a focus on overall health rather than just weight loss.

“We need to present our patients with a healthy meal plan that is consistent with their cultural and personal preferences,” said Garvey in an interview with Endocrine Today. “This could be a Mediterranean diet, a DASH diet, a low-carb diet, a low fat diet, a vegetarian diet – just something that a patient will adhere too in a reduced calorie format.”

The evidence-based guidelines include “screening, diagnosis, staging, thereapeutic decisions, endpoints and goals of therapy related to obesity management.” They focus on when to use different treatment modalities and the level of intensity of those modalities based on an obesity algorithm for care designed around the stage of disease. As an example, Stage 0 may only require lifestyle intervention while Stage 3 could call for surgery.

Sweatt Cheaha Alabama Backroads FacebookKat Sweatt, Top 100-miler Cheaha ChallengeKat Sweatt, a student in the Nutrition Sciences PhD program, made history as the first female to finish the Cheaha Challenge as the top overall 100-miler. The UAB graduate student finished the mountain bike ride in five hours, 15 minutes and 55 seconds – nearly 45 seconds ahead of the top male 100-miler.

When asked by a reporter with the Anniston Star about the historic finish, Sweatt said with a shrug, “It’s pretty cool.”

Today, she has this to say about the accomplishment.

“It was a tough but memorable ride.  Over 600 cyclists participated, the event staff was great, and we couldn’t have asked for a prettier day,” said Sweatt who is scheduled to finish the UAB PhD program in 2017. “I also have to mention that I rode the first 87 miles with a group of guys who went on to do the 124-mile Ultra.  Many of who would have finished well ahead of me if they had just done the 100 mile option – so kudos to them!”

Martin Donna S Head Shot Academy2755Donna S. Martin, president-elect Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Donna S. Martin, EdS, RDN, LD, SNS, FAND, a double alumna of the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Department of Nutrition Sciences, has been elected president-elect of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Martin, a 1977 graduate of what was then the UAB Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition/Dietetics program, is the first UAB graduate to hold this position at the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals.

“I believe that everyone has a right to eat right – and I don’t’ think there is any greater group of people on this earth to make that happen than the members of this association,” said Martin, director, Burke County (Georgia) Board of Education School Nutrition Program. “My vision for our association is one where we collaborate, commit and communicate to every level of membership, and position our members to be advocates and leaders in our community.”