Dr. BiasiniSince 2005, the McNulty Civitan Scientist Award has been awarded to outstanding scientists with a long-term career commitment to research on developmental disabilities. The award is given each year in honor of the McNulty family who were long-time members of the Chesapeake District of Civitan International. Tom and Mary McNulty with their son Tommy were the driving force behind the creation of the Civitan International Research Center and the research focus of Civitan International Foundation. To date, the award has provided support for a number of successful research projects and helped to develop successful clinical programs benefitting individuals with developmental disorders.  

Fred Biasini, Ph.D., director of the UAB Civitan-Sparks Clinics, is the 2016-2017 recipient of the coveted McNulty Civitan Scientist Award. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and he is the director of the Lifespan Developmental Psychology Program. His research and teaching interests include autism spectrum disorder, developmental disability, social development and children of substance abusers. 
On Tuesday, Nov. 29, a diverse team of Children's physicians, trainees, and faculty visited Calhoun, Ala., in the heart of Wilcox County. This Black Belt region is likely the most impoverished in the U.S. Our team saw health care delivery first hand visiting the Spartan J. Paul Jones Hospital and outpatient clinics. The county has only three practicing physicians, one dentist, and no psychiatrists. Its single youth enrichment program, Bama Kids, is in dire need of literacy materials and resources. A ferry ride brought us to the history rich but resource destitute Gee’s Bend area. Our visit instilled new insights into health disparities the challenges of rural poverty, and the resilience of those who practice there. We left inspired and grateful to our Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) hosts for the venture.
Congratulations to Ambika Ashraf, M.D.,Pediatric Endocrinology, Santiago Borasino, M.D., Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care, Jeffrey Lebensburger, D.O., Pediatric Hematology & Oncology, and Julie Wolfson, M.D., Pediatric Hematology & Oncology, on their recent election to the Society of Pediatric Research. The goal of the Society for Pediatric Research is to create a network of multidisciplinary researchers to improve child health. Each of these new members will contribute greatly to this mission.
UAB's genetics clinics have moved from the previous locations in the Hugh Kaul Human Genetics Building. Pediatric clinics are now on the sixth floor of the Dearth Tower at Children's of Alabama. Adult clinics are located on the first floor of the Kirklin Clinic.  

Appointments can be made by calling 934-4983. Click here for more information.
Please join us in welcoming Associate Professor Ismail S Mohamed, M.D., FAAP, FRCPC, to the UAB Department of Pediatrics and the division of Pediatric Neurology. 

Ismail S. Mohamed, M.D., FAAP, FRCPC, joins us from the IWK Health Center in Halifax, Canada. Dr. Mohamed graduated from Alexandria University in Egypt and completed pediatric neurology residency at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, clinical neurophysiology fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio and an epilepsy fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada. His research interests are in functional brain imaging, in normal development, and reorganization after brain injury.
David Ingram, MBA, Director of Administration and Fiscal Affairs in the UAB Department of Pediatrics, was recently re-elected into Place 3 on Chelsea City Council by taking almost 80% of the votes in the municipal election in August. Chelsea, in Shelby County, is one of the fastest growing cities in the state of Alabama. This will be David’s 2nd term on the council. He was first elected in 2012 and his current term will run through 2020. In addition, he was appointed as Mayor Pro Tempore of the city at the organizational meeting on Monday, Nov. 7. David brings his 18 years of financial and budgetary experience to the council, in addition to leadership and involvement within the Chelsea parks and recreation arena.
One of three Alabama Regional Autism Networks has opened at the UAB Civitan-Sparks Clinics to empower persons of all ages and all levels of functioning who have an autism spectrum disorder, as well as their families.

The UAB Civitan-Sparks Clinics were awarded a $75,000 grant to establish the network at UAB that will serve central Alabama by providing connections to resources for those with ASD, and for their families, technical assistance, and consultation services, as well as ASD-education programs to the general public and professional training. 

These network centers are a key step in developing a system of care for people with ASD and their families throughout Alabama,” said Fred J. Biasini, Ph.D., director of the UAB Civitan-Sparks Clinics in the UAB Department of Pediatrics, and associate professor in the UAB College of Arts and Sciences Department of Psychology. “In working with Auburn University and the University of South Alabama, we will be able to provide additional resources and promote meaningful public awareness for those with ASD.”

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The UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center just released a video titled, "What If Birmingham was Known as the City that Cured Cancer?" Maaike Everts, PhDAssociate Professor in Pediatric Infectious Disease and Associate Director of the Alabama Drug Discovery Alliance (ADDA) is featured. Take a look by clicking here

Gregory Friedman, M.D., Pediatric Hematology & Oncology, has been approved as Full Graduate Faculty in the UAB Graduate School. 

Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) honored David Kimberlin, M.D., Pediatric Infectious Disease, for his work in the treatment, control and eradication of infectious diseases affecting children. More than 1,300 RMHC leaders and guests came together to recognize Dr. Kimberlin at the annual Awards of Excellence in Rosemont, Ill., where he received the 2016 Medical Award of Excellence, along with a $100,000 grant that will be given to the children’s charity of his choice, Camp McDowell. Dr. Kimberlin and his wife, Kim, are pictured (right) at the ceremony. 

Past Medical Awards of Excellence recipients include: Agnes Binagwaho, M.D., MPed, Ph.D., Ben Carson, M.D., Catherine DeAngelis, M.D., MPH, Ralph Feigin, M.D., Philip Pizzo, M.D., and Walter Orenstein, M.D. To view a full list of all RMHC Awards of Excellence recipients, click here. Among the non-medical recipients includes: puppeteer and screenwriter Jim Henson (1990); Former U.S. President, Jimmy Carter (1991); Former First Lady Betty Ford (1998); Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan (2002); founder of Southwest Airlines, Herbert D. Kelleher (2010) and many more. 

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