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By 2050, nearly 14 million Americans over age 65 could be living with Alzheimer's disease—with a world total of at least 50 million. We are facing an uphill battle, but UAB physicians and researchers are meeting this challenge head-on.
The news of the recent deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery have brought forth expressions of deep anguish, fear, sadness, and rage in communities across the nation. In a city marked by a painful history of violence against black Americans, we here in Birmingham know all too well that these are continued examples of the racial injustices that have plagued our country since before its founding.
We know that racial and socioeconomic disparities for health and health care exist in this country. In fact, there are many exceptional physicians and researchers here at UAB who are exploring why those disparities exist and how they can be lessened. But sadly, this pandemic has exposed just how deadly the consequences of health disparities can be.
11 rising second-year medical students have been selected for the fourth class of the UAB School of Medicine’s Health Equity Scholars Program, which develop students’ expertise in the social determinants of health and health disparities.
14 Principal Investigators have been awarded grants to study various implications of COVID-19.
On Friday, March 20, School of Medicine students celebrated Match Day with a 99% match rate.
Many medical students have begun volunteering for organizations that are providing a variety of services to the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The School of Medicine and the Hugh Kaul Precision Medicine Institute invite SOM-affiliated investigators to submit short (maximum of 2 pages with 12 point font) proposals for funding for urgent, high-impact research on COVID-19. Proposals are due Monday, March 30, 2020 by 5 p.m. and will be reviewed on a rolling basis every Monday until funds are exhausted.
I wanted to take a moment to thank all of you for your vigilance, dedication, and flexibility during this stressful time. As we work to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 outbreak, I know that many of you will be away from your families, working with limited resources, and shouldering many burdens as we shift into a limited business model.
Adrienne C. Lahti, M.D., the F. Cleveland Kinney Endowed Chair in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurobiology, has accepted the role of interim chair for the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurobiology, which became effective March 1.
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