The University of Alabama at Birmingham has been named one of 18 official study sites for the Parkinson's Progression Markers Initiative (PPMI), a landmark observational clinical study sponsored by the Michael J. Fox Foundation.
The $40 million, five-year study will use a combination of advanced imaging, tissue sampling and behavioral assessments to identify biomarkers — early signs of disease — for Parkinson's disease progression. "PPMI will help us improve the diagnosis and treatment of PD patients today, and is critically important for accelerating the development of the preventative and curative treatments of the future," said David G. Standaert, M.D., Ph.D., professor in the Department of Neurology and UAB's principal investigator.
Don’t be salty about your healthThe average American consumes nearly 2,000 mg a day over most adults’ ideal amount of sodium intake, excluding salt added at the table. Sodium found in restaurant, pre-packaged and processed foods, and foods like canned vegetables can increase heart disease and stroke risk, among others.posted today 157 viewsStudy shows navigation program improves longevity of care for youth with HIV in AmericaAdherence to care improves when youth with HIV receive education and help navigating the system, according to study out of UAB.posted yesterday 271 viewsExtreme preterm infant death or disease may be predicted by biomarkerA biomarker, endothelial mitochondrial function, may be useful for early identification of newborn babies at risk for lung disease and could enable novel therapy approaches.posted yesterday 326 viewsCircadian fluctuations in glaucomaBrian Samuels, M.D., says there is an increase of eye pressure throughout the morning, and that pressure comes and goes throughout the day. This fluctuation is a known risk factor for the progression of glaucoma.posted 4 days ago 527 viewsUAB Cancer Center provides no-cost tumor profiling for patients with advanced or rare cancersThe UAB Cancer Center offers patients with advanced and rare cancer, including those with any stage of pancreatic and brain cancer, the opportunity to have no-cost tumor profiling, and patients may be matched with an appropriate clinical trial or recommend use of an FDA-approved drug.posted 4 days ago 5125 viewsUAB / Lakeshore Research Collaborative awarded $5.8M for MS researchThe grant will help fund a study to determine whether people with multiple sclerosis get as much benefit from an exercise-based rehabilitation program delivered via internet and telephone as they do when the therapy is provided in a clinic.posted 7 days ago 1400 viewsBetter than BMI: Study finds more accurate way to determine adolescent obesityResearchers have found a new, more accurate way to determine if adolescents are overweight, important findings considering many school districts label adolescents — who tend to be more vulnerable to weight bias and fat shaming than adults — as obese.posted 8 days ago 1794 viewsUAB clinical trials pave way to new cystic fibrosis drugSuccessful Phase III trials at UAB contributed to the development of a novel “corrector-potentiator” combination drug therapy for cystic fibrosis patients.posted 8 days ago 4491 viewsUAB back surgery quality scores top national averagesUAB neurosurgery’s commitment to quality care is reflected in outcomes that beat national averages in key measurements.posted 18 days ago 1573 viewsLiving with Cancer symposiumThe annual symposium May 15 will provide help and support for cancer patients and survivors.
New research unit opens in Birmingham to advance treatment of childhood diseaseInvestigators will have a state-of-the-art space to conduct safe and age-appropriate clinical research to advance the science and treatment of childhood diseases.posted 20 days ago 905 viewsUAB expands cancer navigation program nationally with Guideway CareThe University of Alabama at Birmingham announces a partnership with Guideway Care to expand the reach of UAB’s proven cancer navigation program, Patient Care Connect, to patients nationally.posted 21 days ago 1593 viewsOB/GYN publishes children’s book to help working moms explain where they areNew children’s book focuses on helping others and pursuing goals while having a career as a working mom.posted 21 days ago 6507 viewsInfant CPR kits save lives through training and confidenceUAB is raising funds to hand out complimentary lifesaving infant CPR kits to caregivers of high risk infants.posted 22 days ago 1295 viewsUAB’s Newborn Intensive Care Unit joins in the nationwide reunion for families and babies at March for BabiesThe UAB Women and Infants Center is among nearly a dozen organizations holding reunions for past NICU patients this spring.
- Event Date May 15
Findings suggest underdiagnoses of age-related macular degenerationApproximately 14 million Americans have age-related macular degeneration, and a new study suggests it may be underdiagnosed in primary eye care settings.posted 26 days ago 1495 viewsParadigm-changing clinical trial underway to better identify ureter during pelvic surgeryNew dye could help better identify ureter, the passage between kidney and bladder, and prevent injury during minimally invasive pelvic surgery for women.posted 28 days ago 1919 viewsAHA awards UAB a $3.7 million grant to further generational obesity researchA multidisciplinary research team at UAB looks to address obesity as it is genetically passed from mother to child.posted 29 days ago 2664 viewsInfertility: A Q&A with a fertility specialistMore than 1 million married women ages 15-44 across the United States are infertile. Janet McLaren Bouknight, M.D., offers insight on the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of infertile couples trying to conceive.posted 29 days ago 2721 viewsBreast cancer survivors walking on thin airA new pilot investigation at UAB is rethinking the exercise paradigm for breast cancer survivors with reduced mobility, evaluating the utility of simulated high-altitude training for the purpose of enhancing health and physical activity.posted a while back 1647 views
- Event Date April 29