The University of Alabama at Birmingham and HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology have been awarded a National Institutes of Health Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award to train postdoctoral fellows who have earned an M.D. and/or a Ph.D. The UAB-HudsonAlpha Genomic Medicine Research Training Program is designed to recruit trainees from various disciplines and provide mentorship and clinical research training in genomic medicine. At HudsonAlpha, the program will provide up to two years of support for postdoctoral trainees who choose to learn and work at the Institute.

hartman oliverIn experiments with isolated cystic fibrosis lung cells, University of Alabama at Birmingham researchers and colleagues from two other institutions have partially restored the lost function of those cells.

The work is proof-of-concept for using a yeast genetic model to find therapeutic targets, in this case for people with the most common cystic fibrosis mutation, called ∆F508-CFTR. This mutation affects close to 90 percent of patients with cystic fibrosis, and half of those have two copies of the mutation.

Individual NF STF 2016UAB Department of Genetics and the Children’s Tumor Foundation are hosting NF Symposium Family Day 2016. The event will take place in the Bradley Lecture Center in the Children’s Harbor Building at Children’s of Alabama. Stay tuned for more information. Questions? Contact Ashley Cannon at ashleycannon@uabmc.edu. We always look forward to this invaluable opportunity to provide information, support, and answers to Neurofibromatosis patients and families, especially those who may be facing a new diagnosis.

cgm logoThe Center for Genomic Medicine announced a Request For Application (RFA) at the symposium on May 4. This RFA is intended to stimulate collaborative research efforts between faculty at UAB and HudsonAlpha, with the goal of developing new research programs that will enhance the leadership of UAB and HudsonAlpha in the integration of genetics and genomics into medicine. For application information, click here.   

DNADAYApril 25 is National DNA Day. This day commemorates the day in 1953 when James Watson, Francis Crick, Maurice Wilkins, Rosalind Franklin and colleagues published papers in the journal Nature on the structure of DNA. The UAB Department of Genetics gathered in the Finley Conference Room for light refreshments, a DNA cake, and a little DNA humor from the chair of the department, Dr. Bruce Korf. The department gathers on the day to celebrate the discovery and understanding of DNA and the scientific advances that understanding has made possible. Happy DNA Day!