May 2015 Research Spotlight

Dr. Anthony DiStasiAntonio Di Stasi, MD

Dr. Di Stasi is Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Bone Marrow Transplantation and Cell Therapy Program Unit, where he performs both clinical activity activities and translational research. His primary research focus involves the pre-clinical validation of adoptive T cell immunotherapy strategies for hematologic malignancies, primarily regarding genetic modification of T cells.

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April 2015 Research Spotlight

Kirk Habegger, PhDKirk Habegger, PhD

Dr. Kirk M. Habegger is Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism. He obtained his Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Indiana University School of Medicine in 2006. He conducted his postdoctoral training under the mentorship of Drs. Matthias Tschoep and Randy Seeley at the Metabolic Diseases Institute of the University of Cincinnati from 2009 to 2013. He was promoted to the faculty at UC in the Department of Medicine, before leaving to start his group at UAB.

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March 2015 Research Spotlight:

Fadi Hage, MDFadi Hage, MD

Dr. Hage is Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiovascular Disease, Director of Nuclear Cardiology at UAB, and Director of the Cardiac Care Unit at the BVAMC. He is also a member of the Vascular Biology and Hypertension Program.

In 2014, Dr. Hage and collaborators demonstrated that the effects of estrogen therapy on vascular inflammation are age dependent. In 2002, the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) reported increased cardiovascular events in women treated with menopausal hormones compared to placebo. These results were in contrast to the well-established anti-inflammatory and vasoprotective effects of 17β-Estradiol (E2) seen in in vitro preparations, young adult laboratory animals, and observational studies in pre- and peri-menopausal women. Importantly, WHI enrolled older women than the observational studies. 

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February 2015 Research Spotlight:

Takumi Yamada MDTakumi Yamada, MD

Takumi Yamada obtained his medical doctorate from the University of Nagoya  in Japan. He completed residency training in internal medicine and fellowships in cardiology, interventional cardiology and electrophysiology at the Nagoya Dai-ni Red Cross Hospital where he served as chief fellow. In 2006, Dr. Yamada came to UAB as a post-doctoral fellow, and he joined the section of electrophysiology of UAB as Instructor of Medicine in 2008. Dr. Yamada was awarded an Alabama medical license as Distinguished Professor of Medicine at UAB in 2010. He then joined the clinical electrophysiology faculty as Assistant Professor of Medicine in 2011 and was promoted to Associate Professor of Medicine with Tenure in 2014.

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