One in four Jewish individuals of Central and Eastern European descent is a carrier for at least one of 19 preventable genetic disorders, many of which strike in childhood, have no cure and can lead to an early death. 

On Jan. 13, 2013, the Levite Jewish Community Center, 3960 Montclair Road in Birmingham, will hold a community-wide screening from 11:00.a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for potential carriers of these genetic disorders. 

The Birmingham Jewish Federation and Foundation host this screening in partnership with the National Victor Center for the Prevention of Jewish Genetic Diseases at Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia and UAB’s Department of Genetics. Lane Rutledge, M.D., professor in Genetics, and Katie Nelson, a genetics counselor, will provide genetic counseling.

bruce korf sizedBruce Korf, M.D., Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Genetics at theUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham, has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Election as a fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers. 

This year, 401 members have been awarded this honor by AAAS because of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. 

As part of the Section on Biological Sciences, Korf was elected as an AAAS fellow for distinguished contributions to the field of human and medical genetics, particularly for research at the interface of discovery and translation.


This year’s fellows will be formally announced in the AAAS News & Notes section of the journal Science on Nov. 28 and recognized Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015, at the AAAS Fellows Forum during the 2015 AAAS Annual Meeting in San Jose, California.

keshav singhKeshav K. Singh, Ph.D., a UAB expert on the roles of mitochondria in cancer, mitochondrial disease and aging, is one of 12 extramural researchers invited to a National Cancer Institute Mitochondrial Information Transfer Strategic Workshop this week.

Singh, who came to UAB in 2011, is director of the Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Cancer Genetics Program and a Joy and Bill Harbert Endowed Chair and professor in the Department of Genetics.

The closed-door, invitation-only workshop will examine the nature of mitochondrial information transfer both within and between cells, specifically how back-and-forth communication between the mitochondria and the nucleus fundamentally affects cellular function and how defects in this communication cause a number of human diseases, including cancer.