Center of Excellence designation will boost dystonia research and care at UAB

A grant from The Bachmann-Strauss Dystonia and Parkinson Foundation will establish new Bachmann-Strauss Dystonia and Parkinson’s Disease Centers of Excellence at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and two other major medical centers. The centers will be funded by a $1.2 million grant from the Foundation.

bachmann strauss logoUAB will open its Bachmann-Strauss Center of Excellence on Sept. 17, 2013, followed by centers at the University of Florida and the University of California San Francisco. The new centers will join the existing Center of Excellence at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York.

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UAB researchers identify proteins that may help brain tumors spread

Scientists at the University of Alabama at Birmingham have identified a molecular pathway that seems to contribute to the ability of malignant glioma cells in a brain tumor to spread and invade previously healthy brain tissue. Researchers said the findings, published Sept. 19, 2013, in the journal PLOS ONE, provide new drug-discovery targets to rein in the ability of these cells to move.

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UAB researcher searches for biomarkers for Lou Gehrig’s disease

KingPeter H. King, M.D., professor in the Department of Neurology, has received $385,000 over two years from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke to pursue promising leads in an effort to find ways to better diagnose ALS and track its progression.

ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease of motor neurons – nerve cells – that control muscle activity. Motor neurons travel from the brain through the spinal cord to the muscles where they activate muscle contraction. The degeneration of motor neurons leads to muscle weakness; patients may become totally paralyzed and lose their ability to breath in the later stages of the disease

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Scratch-and-sniff test for Parkinson's disease

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Greg Williams recently posted a podcast on "The Mix at UAB" in which he spoke with Dr. Standaert regarding the new scratch-and-sniff test for Parkinson's disease.

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