February 21, 2014
UAB in the News
Thompson Foundation makes $500,000 commitment to UAB football operations centerThe UAB Department of Athletics has announced that Mike Thompson, President and CEO of Thompson Tractor Co., Inc., has made a $500,000 commitment from his family's foundation in support of the Football Operations Center.An Antarctic sponge offers new hope against deadly MRSA infectionThat's why McClintock, fellow UAB biology professor Chuck Amsler, Ph.D., and Bill Baker, Ph.D., professor at the University of South Florida, have spent the past two decades investigating the defensive mechanisms of marine algae, sponges and other invertebrate species that make their home in Antarctic waters.
Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2016-06-antarctic-sponge-deadly-mrsa-infection.html#jCpAlabama Telehealth Project Focuses on Home Dialysis PatientsRoughly a dozen home dialysis patients in Alabama now have their monthly checkups via telehealth, thanks to a partnership between the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine and the Alabama Department of Public Health.Glycemic markers racially different in adults without diabetesApril P. Carson, PhD, MSPH, an associate professor in the department of epidemiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and colleagues evaluated data from the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) study on 2,692 adults (5.5% with diagnosed diabetes; 56% white) to determine whether average levels of glycemic markers differ by race.UAB professor receives coveted VA awardYabing Chen, a professor of pathology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, was awarded the VA Research Career Scientist Award from the Department of Veterans Affairs earlier this month.Study to explore role of spirituality among African-Americans with chronic illnessSpirituality plays a central role in many aspects of African-American culture, and University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing postdoctoral scholar Deborah Ejem, Ph.D., will explore how significant a factor it is in the relationships among patients with chronic illnesses and their caregivers and clinicians.When Survivors Garden, Empowerment and Healthier Living BloomsResearchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) shared early and promising results of their randomized trial to test the feasibility of a home-based vegetable gardening intervention known as Harvest4Health during a poster session at the 8th Biennial Cancer Survivorship Research Conference held June 16-18, 2016, in Washington, D.C.UAB gets approval for $20M football ops building, covered practice fieldThe rebirth of UAB's football program took another huge step Friday when the UA system's board of trustees gave final approval for the construction of a $20 million football operations building and covered practice field.Hayley Barber crowned Miss Alabama 2016[Hayley] Barber, 22, was competing in the pageant for the fifth consecutive year. She's a senior marketing major at UAB. She came into the pageant as Miss Shelby County.Renal Function Tests Stratify Risk in Pregnant Women With HTNBaseline renal function tests can stratify the risk of severe preeclampsia in pregnant women with chronic hypertension, according to a study published in the July issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.Challenges of custom-engineering living tissue to fix a heartJianyi "Jay" Zhang, M.D., Ph.D., brought his biomedical engineering expertise to the University of Alabama at Birmingham to fix hearts.University of Alabama at Birmingham Receives Cutting-Edge Robot To Diagnose And Support Treatment Of Prostate CancerThe world-renowned iSR’obotTM Mona Lisa makes its way to the United States, providing urologic surgeons with a tool to diagnose prostate cancer earlier through accurate diagnosis and precise localization that may allow for targeted treatments in the future.Tackling hepatitis C infection through emergency department testingUAB physicians say identifying those patients and linking them to appropriate therapy is one successful step in an effort to reduce the infection rate locally. The program can also serve as a model that could one day eradicate hepatitis C in the United States if done on a national scale.Archaeologists discover massive Petra monument that could be 2,150 years old[Christopher] Tuttle collaborated on the research with Sarah Parcak, a self-described "space archaeologist" from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, who used satellites to survey the site.Subscribe to Microarrays & Multiplexing Secondary Tumor Risk Variants Sought in Pediatric Cancer SurvivorsDuring a session on pediatric oncology here Sunday, the University of Alabama at Birmingham's Smita Bhatia presented initial findings from a genome-wide association study involving thousands of previous pediatric cancer patients who did or did not develop meningioma, mainly benign tumors that spring from the meninges tissues that surround the brain.NIH launches $9 million program to train workers on infectious disease safetyWe need to ensure that we have a workforce ready to contain these and the next infectious disease threats."Why Stroke in Middle Age Is More Deadly for Blacks Than WhitesBut while middle-aged blacks were more likely than whites to die from a stroke, there were no black-white differences in the risk of death among stroke survivors, according to the study.UAB Developing Training Program on Ebola for First Responders in Deep SouthInvestigators at the University of Alabama at Birmingham recently received a grant to provide safety and health training to healthcare and public safety workers through the UAB Deep South Biosafety and Infectious Disease Response Training Consortium.Joint UAB, Lakeshore Foundation research programs land $10M in fundingThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health have sent funding to investigators at the UAB/Lakeshore Foundation Collaborative for programs to increase physical activity and decrease obesity rates among those with disabilities.Some black american men have a built-in resistance to obesityAccording to the research, certain gene variants that originated in West Africa may offer some black males partial protection against obesity by making those lucky enough to inherit less likely to collect fat in the mid-waist and trunk.West African genes lower the risk of obesity in men, suggests studyThe reasons for group differences in multifactorial traits like obesity remain difficult to understand, especially when simplistic explanations do not easily explain complex patterns, like group differences which are not constant across sexes.Yeast Models Suggest New Ways of Restoring CFTR Function in Lungs of CF PatientsResearchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), along with colleagues at Emory University, Atlanta, and McGill University, Canada, used a yeast genetic model to find novel therapeutic targets for CF patients with this mutation.UAB developing training program on Ebola for first responders in Deep SouthInvestigators at the University of Alabama at Birmingham recently received a grant to provide safety and health training to health care and public safety workers through the UAB Deep South Biosafety and Infectious Disease Response Training Consortium.Six things that happened when I stopped eating breakfastAnd yet other research, from the University of Alabama at Birmingham concluded that eating breakfast — or not — has pretty much zero impact on your weight.UAB’s ‘Yaacov Agam: Metamorphic’ exhibit features more than 30 works by art pioneerMore than 30 small works by world-renowned optical and kinetic art pioneer Yaacov Agam will be on exhibition June 3-Aug. 20 at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.Living Dangerously: How Your Personality Could Make You a Distracted DriverResults showed that conscientious teens and extroverted older adults are more likely to be distracted while driving, but agreeable adolescents are relatively responsible behind the wheel.New chemical from Antarctic sponge extract kills MRSA biofilmRecent findings by University of South Florida and University of Alabama at Birmingham researchers showed that an extract from a sponge in Antarctica called Dendrilla membranosa emits a newly discovered chemical that destroys 98% of MRSA cells and is effective toward the biofilm form of the pathogen.Skeletal Muscle TRIB3 Mediates Diet-Induced Insulin ResistanceWei Zhang, M.D., Ph.D., from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and colleagues examined whether TRIB3 mediates GIIR in diabetes using muscle-specific TRIB3 overexpressing (MOE) and knockout (MKO) mice.More than 10 risk factors identified in readmission of pediatric neurosurgery patientsResearchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham have identified key risk factors associated with patient readmission within 30 days after pediatric neurosurgery in a recent study published in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics.5 Things Women Shouldn’t Be Forced To Wear At WorkThe latest in quite a long history of women being forced or pressured to dress in such a way that damages their health, restricts their movement and prizes male perception over dignity and the value of their contribution to work.UAB Doctor Developing Blood Test to Predict DepressionWhat if you could find out if you were at risk of becoming depressed or even suicidal? Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham are working to do just that.SAFER Barrier to make European debut at Le MansThe safety barriers have been staples at NASCAR and IndyCar tracks in the United States for more than a decade. The SAFER Barrier was developed by University of Alabama at Birmingham mechanical engineering professor Dr. Dean Sicking after the death of NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt in 2001.Rural children have high rates of medical complexityA study published in Pediatrics examines the inpatient health care utilization of rural children as compared to nonrural children, specifically the higher cost of hospitalization and increased frequency of readmissions.Suppressing Brain Immune Responses of Parkinson’s Patients Gives Promising Therapeutic ApproachAn interdisciplinary team from the University of Alabama at Birmingham which works to unravel how the body’s immune system contributes to the development and progression of the pathology in the brain of PD patients, was the first to reveal that disruption of the JAK/STAT pathway using inhibitors commonly called Jakinibs, prevented the neuroinflammation and neurodegeneration seen in PD patients.Researchers find potential breakthrough in binge-eating disorder treatmentA treatment used for depression, Parkinson’s disease and autism shows promise to alleviate obesity in binge-eating disorder patients. tDCS is a type of neuromodulator that delivers constant, low-current electricity to a targeted portion of the brain.Turtle VoyeursA team of researchers recently discovered this when they used drones to study population densities of endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtles in the Gulf of Mexico. By accident, they also ended up documenting the courtship rituals of a different species, green turtles—the first time this has been done with this technology.UAB to begin renovations on Alys Stephens Performing Arts CenterRenovations to the University of Alabama at Birmingham's Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center have begun as the center prepares to celebrate its 20th anniversary.UAB Getting First Solar ArrayVulcan Solar Power has been selected by the University of Alabama at Birmingham for construction of a commercial-scale solar facility. The solar project is the first undertaken by the university.Watch how fast your selfie can cause a crashHow long are your eyes really off the road if you're snapping a selfie or sending a quick text from behind the wheel?Understanding the body’s response to aspirinUnderstanding how people respond to aspirin is key in terms of knowing who will benefit from it.