7th Annual Crawfish BoilThe home of Dr. Tavo Heudebert (Professor and Interim Regional Dean, Montgomery) was the “crustacean destination” last weekend as he hosted the annual IM Resident Crawfish Boil for the 7th consecutive year. All the residents and their families gathered to partake of the food and fellowship, consuming over 150 pounds of mudbugs in traditional Louisiana style. The residents report the event is great for their wellness and for fostering important connections among the housestaff and attendings.

Pictured L to R: Cody Milliman, Jim McPhail, Danny Hardgrove, Daniel Scullin, Jason Graffagnino, Cameron White, Kathryn Sinquefield, Oliver Sinquefield, Andrew Gahagan, Tavo Heudebert, Vick DiCarlo and Alanna Milliman

More Good News for April 10, 2019

Deidra Jones was diagnosed in 2015 with multiple myeloma, the second most common blood cancer. She was treated by Luciano J. Costa, MD, PhD (Associate Professor, Hematology and Oncology) who is part of the Blood and Marrow Transplantation and Cell Therapy Program. Today her cancer is in remission, and Jones is helping others by leading a multiple myeloma support group. Read her inspiring story. Kudos on this outstanding patient care, Dr. Costa!

Lisa Jackson, MD, MPH (Professor, Cardiovascular Disease) was selected for the American College of Cardiology’s new Clinical Trials Research career development program to enhance women’s leadership in clinical trials. Congrats, Dr. Jackson!

Jennifer Pollock, PhD (Professor, Nephrology) will present the 2019 Ernest H. Starling Distinguished Lectureship this weekend at the Experimental Biology Conference of the American Physiological Society. Her topic is “There’s NO Place Like Home(ostasis).”

Mike Saag, MD (Professor, Infectious Diseases) recently delivered the plenary address at the CDC’s National HIV Prevention meeting in Atlanta discussing the high cost of pre-exposure prophylaxis medicines (PrEP). Saag argued that the $1,600 per month cost of the HIV prevention pill is the single largest barrier to widespread uptake in the United States and contributes to massive health inequities.

James Kobie, PhD (Associate Professor, Infectious Diseases) Dr. Kobie comes to UAB from the University of Rochester where he developed a highly successful and independent research program in HIV and B cell biology, with important work in influenza as well. He is a highly sought-after collaborator for his expertise that spans human, mouse, and macaque B-cell science, especially as this relates to protective immune responses resulting from immunization. James also joins the UAB CFAR as an Associate Scientist. Welcome, Dr. Kobie!

Coming next week to Medical Grand Rounds: Ann Clarke, MD, MSc, professor in the Division of Rheumatology at the University of Calgary, will present “SLE and Antiphospholipid Antibodies: The Concerns, the Controversy and the Consensus” at Medical Grand Rounds at noon on Wednesday, April 17, in Margaret Cameron Spain Auditorium.

Please join us for a Special Informatics Seminar with Justin Starren, MD, PhD, Chief of Preventive Medicine, Health and Bioinformatics at Northwestern University at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, April 16 in Cudworth 102. Dr. Starren will be presenting "Big Data and EHRs: Why Is It So Hard?" 

All physicians, NPs, PAs, & CRNAs are cordially invited to attend the annual UAB Medicine Provider Appreciation Luncheons. Events will be held on both campuses: at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 18, in the UAB Hospital West Pavilion Atrium; and at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 19, at UAB Highlands Physician Lounge.

The 14th Annual UAB Health Disparities Research Symposium will be held Thursday, April 18, at the Hilton Birmingham at UAB. The event highlights the work of undergraduate, graduate, faculty, and community investigators in basic science, clinical, behavioral, social sciences research and community-based research related to health disparities. Register here.

Read UAB Health System CEO Dr. Will Ferniany’s thoughts on the UAB Benevolent Fund. “Those of us fortunate enough to work at UAB Medicine have the privilege to help so many people in our community – including many who work here – by giving to the Benevolent Fund this month. There is power in ONE, and if each of us gave ONE hour of pay per month or ONE percent of our wages, we could move mountains.”

Two General Internal Medicine faculty members will speak at TEDx Birmingham on May 3-4 at the Alys Stephens Center. Matt Might, PhD, and Stefan Kertesz, MD, MSc, will speak to this year’s theme: BALANCE. To purchase tickets, click here.

The 30th Annual Vascular Biology & Hypertension Symposium, with a Pre-Symposium Workshop on Hypertension will be held May 2-4, 2019 here at UAB. Plan now to come hear experts in the field present the latest updates on basic science, novel diagnostic procedures, and clinical trials. Participate in the poster session and refresh your hypertension skills at the pre-symposium workshop. Online registration is available via the web sites. For more information, contact Faith Lang by email or by phone at (205) 934-2580.

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