The CCTS is delighted to acknowledge the steady stream of news about the outstanding accomplishments of our CCTS trainees, pilot and voucher awardees, and panel alum—and the experts who support the development of our CCTS superstars. While this isn't an exhaustive list, we hope this monthly recap of clinical and translational research successes and honors inspires you as much as they inspire us. If you have individuals you would like to highlight, please send that information or news link to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Communications Specialist for the CCTS.

  • Chaplin elected as a distinguished fellow of the American Association of Immunologists

    Chaplin elected as a distinguished fellow of the American Association of Immunologists

    David Chaplin, M.D., Ph.D., professor in the Department of Microbiology has been elected as a distinguished fellow by the American Association of Immunologists. The award is designed to recognize scientists who have spent their career working to advance the field of immunology through their research, service, and contributions to educating and mentoring the next generations of immunologists. Dr. Chaplin is a CCTS panel reviewer and works with our Training Academy.
  • Parkinson’s driven by inflammation, genetics, and the environment

    Parkinson’s driven by inflammation, genetics, and the environment

    David Standaert, M.D., Ph.D., (CCTS panel reviewer) professor in the Department of Neurology, has identified that inflammation may cause Parkinson's Disease to advance more quickly than it otherwise would, and anti-inflammatory drugs could hold promise in treatment.
  • Muzny Earns RO1 Grant From the NIAID

    Muzny Earns RO1 Grant From the NIAID

    Christina Muzny, MD, MSPH (Associate Professor, Infectious Diseases) has received an R01 from NIAID entitled “Microbial Interactions between Gardnerella, Prevotella, and Atopobium Prior to Incident Bacterial Vaginosis" to investigate the pathogenesis of incident BV. Muzny participated in CCTS panels which helped secure this RO1.
  • 2020 Pittman Scholars announced

    2020 Pittman Scholars announced

    Six faculty members in the School of Medicine have been named the 2020 class of James A. Pittman Jr., M.D., Scholars, a program that recognizes the impacts of junior faculty and supports the recruitment and retention of highly competitive scientists and physician-scientists. Four of these faculty members have participated in CCTS opportunities.
  • Neuropsychologist earns early career awards for research on cognitive decline

    Neuropsychologist earns early career awards for research on cognitive decline

    Adam Gerstenecker, Ph.D., CCTS panels participant, is being recognized for his contributions to understanding the causes for and effects of losing memory and thinking skills.
  • New study calculates damage of food + lifestyle fails. What’s your score?

    New study calculates damage of food + lifestyle fails. What’s your score?

    Diet and lifestyle choices can fuel inflammation and contribute to heart disease, cancer and more. Suzanne Judd, Ph.D. (CCTS panel reviewer), and colleagues created a way to quantify the effects of 19 foods and four lifestyle elements. How does your routine add up?
  • 6 questions with ultrarunner and KultureCity co-founder Michele Kong

    6 questions with ultrarunner and KultureCity co-founder Michele Kong

    Featuring Michele Kong, MD, CCTS Pilot awardee
  • Human fetal lungs harbor a microbiome signature

    Human fetal lungs harbor a microbiome signature

    Charitharth Vivek Lal, M.D., associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics, has discovered that the lungs and placentas of fetuses in the womb—as young as 11 weeks after conception—show a bacterial microbiome signature, which suggests that bacteria may colonize in the lungs well before birth.
  • Biorepository launches in the School of Medicine

    Biorepository launches in the School of Medicine

    The UAB Biorepositiory, an important asset to the future of research at UAB, will collect, process, store, and distribute high-quality human tissue specimens to UAB investigators. It is housed in the Department of Pathology and coordinated with the CCTS Biorepository.
  • Lahti, Pozzo-Miller next to lead neuroscience center

    Lahti, Pozzo-Miller next to lead neuroscience center

    Professor Adrienne Lahti, M.D., Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurobiology, is the new director of the Comprehensive Neuroscience Center. Neurobiology Professor Lucas Pozzo-Miller, Ph.D., is the new co-director.
  • Cimino appointed to the NCVHS

    Cimino appointed to the NCVHS

    James Cimino, MD (Professor and Director, Informatics Institute) has been invited to serve on the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics--the public advisory body to the Secretary of Health and Human Services.
  • Rocque finds ways to overcome barriers to cancer care

    Rocque finds ways to overcome barriers to cancer care

    Gabrielle Rocque, MD (Assistant Professor, Hematology and Oncology) was recently highlighted in Birmingham Medical News for her work investigating the correlation between distance to care and cancer outcomes.
  • Lee among top 2019 antimicrobial stewardship articles in OFID

    Lee among top 2019 antimicrobial stewardship articles in OFID

    The Division of Infectious Diseases celebrates a paper published documenting antibiotic stewardship efforts here at UAB. The publication by first-author Rachael Lee, MD, with senior author Pete Pappas, MD, has been named one of the top articles in 2019 on stewardship in a major journal.
  • DOM investigators leverage machine learning in research

    DOM investigators leverage machine learning in research

    Researchers in the Department of Medicine, including Richard Kennedy, MD, PhD, Surya Bhatt, MD, Lou Bridges, MD, PhD, and John Osborne, PhD are harnessing the power of machine learning in multiple projects, and the innovative investigations show tremendous promise for the future of Alzheimer's Disease, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, and rheumatoid arthritis.
  • KL2 scholar to join faculty at UT Southwestern Medical Center

    KL2 scholar to join faculty at UT Southwestern Medical Center

    KL2 scholar, L. Anne Gilmore PhD, RD, MS, has accepted a faculty position in the School of Health Professions at UT Southwestern Medical Center. Congratulations, Dr.Gilmore!
  • Prabhu elected to Birmingham AHA Board

    Prabhu elected to Birmingham AHA Board

    Sumanth D. Prabhu, MD, (Professor and Director, Cardiovascular Disease) was elected President Elect of the American Heart Association Metro Birmingham Board of Directors. 
  • Baskin earns grant to explore culturally-tailored cancer screening efforts

    Baskin earns grant to explore culturally-tailored cancer screening efforts

    Monica Baskin, PhD (Professor, Preventive Medicine) has received a grant from the Mike Slive Foundation to find ways to improve prostate cancer screening among African-American men. The project aims to identify culturally-appropriate interventions to remove barriers to screening.
  • Schwiebert honored for outstanding service to postdocs

    Schwiebert honored for outstanding service to postdocs

    Lisa Schwiebert, Ph.D., will receive the 2020 Distinguished Service Award from the National Postdoctoral Association during its annual conference in March. 
  • Research continues into shingles vax for certain cancer patients

    Research continues into shingles vax for certain cancer patients

    Featuring Jeanne Marrazzo, MD, UAB Division of Infectious Diseases
  • Michael Saag, M.D., named editor of AIDS magazine

    Michael Saag, M.D., named editor of AIDS magazine

    Michael Saag, M.D., associate dean of Global Health and director of the Division of Infectious Diseases, has been named the editor of AIDS magazine. Saag pioneered the trials for several antiviral drugs now used for HIV treatment. He currently serves on the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS.
  • Implanted neurostimulators may help neuropsychiatric symptoms in epilepsy patients

    Implanted neurostimulators may help neuropsychiatric symptoms in epilepsy patients

    Sandipan Pati, M.D., associate professor in the Department of Neurology, and his colleagues report cases of five epileptic, drug-resistant patients who found better treatments for their neuropsychiatric symptoms from implanted neurostimulators.
  • Resistance exercise may preserve bone in older obese dieters

    Resistance exercise may preserve bone in older obese dieters

    Featuring Cynthia Brown, MD, Integrative Center for Aging Research at UAB