Yongbin Yang has been awarded the UAB School of Health Professions Alfred W. Sangster Award for Outstanding International Student. Yang, a Ph.D. student in the UAB Department of Nutrition Sciences, has four first author peer-reviewed publications and two co-author peer-reviewed publications since becoming a UAB student in 2011. In that span he also has 10 co-authored abstracts at scientific meetings.
Yang, who is active in the community and a member of the UAB Chinese Student/Scholar Association, investigates obesity, calorie restriction and weight cycles under the supervision of Timothy R. Nagy, Ph.D., and Daniel L. Smith, Jr., Ph.D. In 2013, he won the Obesity Society’s Basic Science Section Poster of Excellence Award and the National Institutes of Health Mary Frances Picciano Dietary Supplement Research Practicum Travel Award. In 2012, Yang received the Howerde E. Sauberlich Endowed Award for Excellence in Nutrition Science Research.
UAB Department of Nutrition Sciences, will collaborate with the Department of Physiology at the University of Calcutta, India, to look at Type 2 diabetes mellitus specifically due to Helecobacter pylori (H. pylori) infections which are highly prevalent among Indian populations. This expands research Khaled conducted while a professor at UAB.
“Type 2 diabetes mellitus is a chronic disease posing great human health threats,” said Khaled. “We see about 50 percent of worldwide populations are infected with H. pylori but more than 85 percent of populations in India have been infected since childhood. So it is of great interest, therefore, to investigate if H. pylori could somehow be linked with T2DM in Indian populations since both of these phenomena are highly prevalent in them.”
Harriett Holt Cloud, RD, LD, FADA, who has taught in the UAB School of Health Professions since 1976, and Michael E. Stephens, alumnus of the Master of Science in Healthcare Administration Program (Class 9), were joined by 11 others as members of the Hall of Fame’s Class of 2014.
“Harriet and Mike have directly impacted the Alabama healthcare industry for more than 90 years combined so I was surprised when I first learned they were not members of the Alabama Healthcare Hall of Fame,” said UAB School of Health Professions Dean Harold P. Jones, Ph.D. “But I also realize that these two have not served healthcare so passionately for so long to receive this recognition – they simply continue to serve others because it is the right thing no matter who notices.”
Cloud, whose health career began in 1946, is the lead author of more than 40 professional articles, book reviews and book entries on pediatric and nutrition needs of children. She also authored the self-study guide for the American Dietetic Association’s continuing education credit on Feeding for the Dietetics Professional.
Story written by Bob Shepard, UAB Media Relations
Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, Ph.D., R.D., professor in the University of Alabama at BirminghamDepartment of Nutrition Sciences and the associate director for cancer prevention and control in the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center, has been named the chair-elect of the Obesity and Cancer Section of the Obesity Society. Her term as chair-elect begins Nov. 6, and she will assume the chair in November of 2015.
The purpose of the Obesity and Cancer Section is to promote research, education and advocacy related to cancer, including: understanding how obesity affects etiology, prevention and management of cancer; the development of effective strategies, interventions and educational efforts that may reduce the impact of obesity on cancer risk and progression; and promote the dissemination of knowledge of the obesity-cancer relationship to the scientific community, clinicians and the public.
African elephants in captivity are getting fat. While the thought of a pudgy pachyderm might produce a chuckle, it is a situation with potentially serious consequences for the species.
“Obesity affects about 40 percent of African elephants in captivity,” said Daniella Chusyd, M.A., a doctoral student in the University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Nutrition Sciences.“Much as we see in humans, excess fat in elephants contributes to the development of heart disease, arthritis, a shorter lifespan and infertility.”
Infertility is the aspect that may be most troubling to Chusyd and colleagues. Nearly half of zoo African female elephants exhibit abnormal ovarian cycles, which is strongly correlated with a high body mass index, said Chusyd. According to a 2011 report by scientists at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, zoos in the United States need to average about six births each year to maintain a stable elephant population. But the current average is only around three births a year. Read More...