AroraPankaj Arora, MD (Assistant Professor, Cardiovascular Disease) received the 2019 UAB School of Medicine Pittman Scholar Award. Dr. Arora’s lab focuses on the role of natriuretic peptide signaling in cardiometabolic disease. Congrats, Dr. Arora!

More Good News for January 30, 2019

In a JCI Insight study, Anupam Agarwal, MD (Professor and Director, Nephrology) and colleagues have found that kidney-resident macrophages are reprogrammed to a developmental state in a mouse model of acute kidney injury (AKI). This reprogramming during AKI may be important to promote healing and tissue regeneration. If a similar developmental shift is seen for human kidney-resident macrophages during AKI, that could lead to new therapeutic approaches for patients.

Randall Davis, MD (Professor, Hematology and Oncology) was co-senior author on a study that found certain expression patterns on tumor cells could indicate whether the patient’s immune system would fail to respond to checkpoint inhibitors—drugs that block proteins made by immune system cells—ultimately cancelling the immune system’s response to fight off cancer.   

Latesha Elopre, MD, MSPH (Assistant Professor, Infectious Diseases) has been named director of Diversity and Inclusion for Graduate Medical Education in the UAB School of Medicine. In this new role, her responsibilities will include providing strategic leadership for diversity and inclusion in SOM Graduate Medical Education. Congrats Dr. Elopre!

Navin Nanda, MD (Professor, Cardiovascular Disease) was Editor-in-Chief of a first edition cardiology textbook titled "Advances in Clinical Cardiovascular Imaging, Echocardiography and Interventions.” Keep up the good work, Dr. Nanda!

Coming next week to Medical Grand Rounds
Naomi O’Grady, MD (Chief of Internal Medicine Service, NIH Clinical Center) will present “Zeroing in on Zero, or Just Fake News? Trends in Catheter Associated Infection Rates” at noon on February 6, 2019, in Margaret Cameron Spain Auditorium.


  • The 2019 UAB School of Medicine Annual Report is online now! See the people and programs throughout our school that embody our core strengths. 
  • DOM Women in Medicine will meet at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 7, in Boshell Diabetes Building Room 334. Ashita Tolwani, MD (Professor, Nephrology) will present “Promotion.” All DOM women—residents, fellows, clinical and research faculty—are invited.
  • The Trainee Research Symposium (TRS) will be held from 1 to 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 6, in the North Pavilion 2nd Floor Atrium. TRS is the Department of Medicine's major research day for the Department’s residents, fellows, graduate students, and post-docs. It features a keynote address presented at Medical Grand Rounds followed by a poster session.

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