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Fellows Mark Dransfield, M.D., Professor and Director in the UAB Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Caren 

In a new report from the Lancet Commission on Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, the Commission reframes the conversation on COPD. Mark Dransfield, M.D., (Professor and Director, Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care) co-chaired the Commission and notes that COPD has long been perceived as a self-inflicted disease caused by smoking, but there are four other distinct causes of COPD: genetics, early-life events, infections, and environmental exposures. He also highlights the need to broaden the diagnostic criteria, because spirometry alone is insufficient to diagnose COPD. The report findings were presented at the European Respiratory Society 2022 International Congress this week.

More Good News for September 09, 2022

Christina Muzny, M.D., MSPH, (Associate Professor, Infectious Diseases) is the new Chair of the UAB Institutional Review Board 01 which helps protect the rights and welfare of human participants in research conducted at UAB.

Endomimetics, LLC, a company co-found by Brigitta Brott, M.D., (Professor, CVD) received an Alabama Innovation Corporation Grant to advance BioNanomatrix, a coating for medical devices that mimics human tissue.

The DOM is delighted to welcome Assistant Professor Alexandra Martirossian, M.D., to the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism. She will see patients in the Leeds and Gardendale satellite clinics as well as TKC.