Jeff Hansen

Jeff Hansen

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Research Editor

jeffhans@uab.edu • (205) 209-2355

Communicates UAB research discoveries and initiatives from across the university for a variety of audiences.

Specific beats include: biochemistry; cell, developmental and integrated biology; microbiology; molecular genetics; neurobiology; pathology; pharmacology and tocixology; Alabama Drug Discovery Alliance; Bill L. Harbert Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

The model may provide novel insights into RP59 disease mechanism that will guide future testing of therapeutic interventions.
Researchers have identified a gut-lung axis driven by intestinal antimicrobial peptide expression and mediated by the intestinal microbiota that is linked to lung injury in newborns.
Researchers found 19 Bacteroides vulgatus genes that were unique to three strains that show early engraftment in patients after a fecal transplant, as opposed to seven strains that did not show early engraftment. Most transplant failures occur in the first four weeks.
Analysis of a survey of 18,041 people in rural KwaZulu-Natal revealed a discrepancy between the ability of the South African health system to respond to the health needs of people with communicable diseases and the health needs of people with non-communicable diseases.
Lung-resident memory B cells produced during influenza are long-living immune cells that migrate to the lungs from draining lymph nodes and lie in wait as early responders that can quickly react to future infections. They are key sentinels against subsequent viral variants.
The M.D./Ph.D. student has since moved on to clinical studies, but the research into possible drugs to treat Alzheimer’s disease continues.
The modified mRNA — delivered after experimental heart attacks — transiently allows heart muscle cells to proliferate, leading to reduced infarct size and improved heart performance compared to untreated animals.
These results add an additional, mechanistic aspect to further explain how the decades-old blood pressure medication verapamil can preserve beta cell function in Type 1 diabetes patients by affecting the hormone insulin-like growth factor 1.
This is the first direct evidence that resident microbiota can have a significant impact on the establishment and pathology of infection by two different human-specific pathogens.
The study, funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, will compare two pathways of post-fracture patient care.
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