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Veena Antony, MD (Professor, Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care) has just received a Notice of Award for a $6.5 million P42 Superfund Grant. This makes UAB one of 23 centers across the country to address the effects of pollution on community environments. Five projects will investigate the effects of pollution on airway function, measure the impact of heavy metal contaminants, and develop remediation plans in the North Birmingham area. DOM researchers involved in these projects and supporting cores are Drs. Victor Thannickal, Jessy Deshane, Brent Carter, Sejong Bae, Young-il Kim, and Monica Baskin. Hats off to these research heroes and their colleagues across UAB and the Southeast!

 

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On Wednesday, an expert panel from UAB Medicine shared updates on clinical protocols designed to address the recent outbreak of COVID-19. Drs. Steve Stigler, Rachael Lee, Sarah Nafziger, and Jeanne Marrazzo (pictured above) presented information about UAB Medicine's strategy for containment to minimize the spread of this virus. Key precautions include active stewardship of protective equipment, focused triage and evaluation, and clear pathways for diagnosis and testing. While there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Alabama as of Thursday afternoon, we continue to monitor the situation as it evolves. Watch the presentation here.

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Patients living with HIV and opioid use disorder can more easily find appropriate and compassionate treatment in the UAB's new Outpatient-Based Opioid Treatment (OBOT) Clinic, located within the 1917 Clinic. Infectious Diseases faculty Drs. Ellen Eaton, Orlando Turner, and Jim Raper have led the implementation of this clinic to provide access to the full spectrum of care specific to patients’ underlying medical issues, such as HIV and other infections, as well as specialized treatment for their opioid use disorder.

 

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UAB Healthcare Epidemiologist Rachael Lee, MD, and Infectious Diseases Division Director Jeanne Marrazzo, MD, MPH, are at the forefront of the novel coronavirus outbreak that has been widely reported in the news media. These experts have consolidated UAB policies and resources online and they continue to work with UAB Health System leadership, the CDC, and the Alabama Department of Public Health to address concerns. To date, UAB has had no cases of COVID-19. Experts agree that the best method of preventing the spread of viral infections is frequent hand-washing and covering your cough. We continue to monitor the situation closely and have patient care policies in place if local cases are identified.

 

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Ronit Elk, PhD, (Professor, Gerontology, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care) and colleagues have collaborated with community members to develop a culturally appropriate approach to palliative care. Their study will compare the culturally-based intervention to standard protocols to determine its impact on patient quality of life and the burden of care for caregivers. Enrollment began last month in three rural hospitals in Alabama, Mississippi, and South Carolina. We look forward to learning more about this exciting research!