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Upcoming MHRC Health Disparities Research Symposium examines the science of health disparities
Upcoming MHRC Health Disparities Research Symposium examines the science of health disparities
Guest speaker and former Surgeon General Regina Benjamin among many who will see new approaches and successful models of current health-disparities research.

mona fouad 2012 Mona FouadThe UAB Minority Health & Health Disparities Research Center (MHRC) will host the 2015 UAB Health Disparities Research Symposium, “The Science of Health Disparities: From Social Causes to Personalized Medicine,” March 17-18 in the DoubleTree by Hilton on 20th Street South in Birmingham. In its 10th year, the symposium highlights work by undergraduate, graduate and faculty researchers in the field of health disparities.

“The symposium showcases the work being done to reduce health inequities in Alabama and our nation. It provides an overview of the latest in health-disparities research. Scientists and scholars look to it as an excellent opportunity to share discoveries, new approaches and successful models,” said Mona Fouad, M.D., MPH, director and professor, UAB Division of Preventive Medicine, and director of the UAB MHRC.

Speaking at the dinner Tuesday, March 17, will be Regina Benjamin, M.D., MBA, the 18th surgeon general and professor and endowed chair in the Xavier University of Louisiana Department of Public Health Science.

The 2015 conference is co-sponsored by three national transdisciplinary collaborative centers for health-disparities research: the Mid-South TCC, focused on the social determinants of health and led by Fouad; the Center for Healthy African American Men through Partnerships (CHAAMPS), led by Selwyn Vickers, M.D., dean of the UAB School of Medicine; and the Gulf States Health Policy Center, led by Benjamin.

The symposium will feature seven plenary sessions:

  • Social Conditions as a Fundamental Cause of Health Disparities – Bruce Link, Ph.D., professor of epidemiology and sociomedical sciences, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
  • Challenges and Opportunities in Studying the Multilevel Determinants of Health – Ana Diez Roux, M.D., Ph.D., dean and Distinguished Professor of Epidemiology, Drexel University School of Public Health
  • Social Consequences of Genetic Explanations for Racial Differences in Health – Jo Phelan, Ph.D., professor of sociomedical sciences, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
  • Personalized Medicine: Implications for Disparities in Drug Response – Nita Limdi, Pharm.D., Ph.D., professor UAB School of Medicine; director, UAB Personalized Medicine Institute
  • African-American Men’s Health: Breaking the Silence – Mark Alexander, Ph.D., 100 Black Men of America Inc.
  • Policy Solutions for Health Disparities – Brian Smedley, Ph.D., executive director, National Collaborative for Health Equity
  • Academic-Community Partnerships – Barbara A. Israel, Ph.D., professor of health behavior and health education, University of Michigan; and Zachary Rowe, executive director, Friends of Parkside

In addition, UAB will announce the 2015 Excellence in Mentoring Awards and will present awards for oral presentations and poster presentations.

Two UAB faculty honored by the American Society of Nutrition
Two UAB faculty honored by the American Society of Nutrition
The American Society of Nutrition honors two UAB scientists.

barbara gower2Barbara GowerTwo faculty members in the Department of Nutrition Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham are among 23 recipients of the 2015 Scientist, Clinician, Educator/Mentor & Young Investigator Awards given by the American Society of Nutrition.

Barbara A. Gower, Ph.D., has received the Dannon Institute Mentorship Award, supported by the Dannon Institute, in the category of Senior Investigator – Educator & Mentor Awards.

In the category of Young Investigator Awards, Daniel L. Smith Jr., Ph.D., has received the Bio-Serv Award in Experimental Animal Nutrition, supported by Bio-Serv Inc.

Gower and Smith, along with the other award winners, will be recognized in a ceremony Sunday, March 29, during the ASN Scientific Sessions and Annual Meeting at Experimental Biology 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts.

daniel smithDaniel Smith“The work of these scientists, from young investigators to lifelong researchers, has helped advance the field in leaps and bounds. I couldn’t be more pleased to honor these individuals,” said ASN President Simin Nikbin Meydani, DVM, Ph.D.

Gower, who is professor and vice chair for Research in the Department of Nutrition Sciences and an associate scientist in the Nutrition Obesity Research Center, focuses on obesity and energy metabolism, with an emphasis on insulin secretion/action and the role of the endocrine system. Her ongoing research is directed toward understanding the physiologic basis for the greater prevalence of type 2 diabetes among African-Americans in both children and adults.

Smith is an assistant professor in the department whose research looks at the interaction of nutrition and metabolism in relation to aging and disease. He is interested in topics including obesity, calorie restriction, calorie restriction mimetics, brown adipose tissue, ulcerative dermatitis in C57BL/6 mice, and systems biology of aging using budding yeast chronological lifespan.

UAB online accounting program ranked top in U.S.
UAB online accounting program ranked top in U.S.
UAB’s online accounting program has been recognized by TheBestSchools.org as the best in the nation.

online degreesTheBestSchools.org recently acknowledged the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s online Bachelor of Science in Accounting degree as its pick as the nation’s best.

This Collat School of Business online program features the same award-winning faculty who teach in campus classrooms. In addition, UAB’s online bachelor’s accounting degree program allows students to roll credits directly to the master’s in accounting degree program and fast-track their time to complete it.

The program prepares students for the Certified Management Accountant, Certified Internal Auditor and Certified Fraud Examiner exams.

UAB’s online accounting programs are nationally accredited, and the university is among an elite group of only 176 universities worldwide to achieve the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business seal of excellence in both business and accounting.


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