UAB in the News
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.London woman, fired for not wearing high heels, takes her case to ParliamentResearch into the health impacts of high heels also suggest that mandatory, all-day stilettos might be a bad idea.... University of Alabama at Birmingham scientists estimated that there were 123,355 injuries related to high heels between 2002 to 2012 in the U.S., with about 2.6 percent being treated in emergency rooms.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.Study: Psychedelic drugs may reduce domestic violenceInmates at a U.S. jail who'd used LSD, mushrooms or ecstasy were less likely to commit acts of domestic violence after release, researchers report.Birmingham City Councilors pass 5-year funding agreement to support UAB footballThe city will give the UAB football program five yearly installments of $500,000 each.Alabama Organ Center moves into UAB, opens new donor recovery centerThe Alabama Organ Center moved into a new 8,710-square-foot office space at UAB last year that includes two ICU bays, two organ and tissue recovery suites, and lab services. The AOC has also opened its in-house donor recovery center.Kemp’s ridley sea turtles may face higher hurdle to recoveryResearchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, led by biology professor Thane Wibbels and doctoral student Elizabeth Bevan, believe they have a more accurate and substantially higher estimate for the Kemp's historic population size.New role for immature brain neurons in the dentate gyrus identifiedThese immature granule cell neurons are thought to increase pattern discrimination, even though they are a small proportion of the granule cells in the dentate gyrus. But it is not clear how they contribute.Searching for the Vikings: 3 Sites Possibly Found in CanadaIf confirmed, the discoveries would add to the single known Viking settlement in the New World, located at L'Anse aux Meadows on the northern tip of Newfoundland.WBHM Wins Seven Regional Murrow AwardsThe awards recognize the best electronic journalism produced by radio, television and online news organizations around the world.Personality Traits May Dictate Distracted Driving LevelExtraverted older adults and conscientious, curious teens may be more likely to engage in risky driving behavior, while agreeable teens are less likely to drive distracted, according to new research from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.Alabama Power, Protective Life donate a combined $1 million to UAB footballThe UAB football team is getting some major support from the Birmingham business community.Photo Flash: First Look at Theatre UAB's SPRING AWAKENINGTheatre UAB, the performance company of the College of Arts and Sciences' Department of Theatre, presents "Spring Awakening" from April 13-17. The production includes music by Duncan Sheik and book and lyrics by Steven Sater and is directed by Head of Musical Theatre Valerie Accetta, MFA, with musical direction by Carolyn Violi.Orphan Black Doesn’t Think Human Cloning Is Such a Big DealGregory Pence is a leading expert on bioethics, and back in 2000 he was the only bioethicist to testify before Congress against a bill that would have outlawed human cloning.UAB lands $19.5 million grant from biotech giant to start kidney transplant researchThe latest is a five-year, $19.5 million grant to UAB's Comprehensive Transplant Institute from United Therapeutics Corp. (NASDAQ: UTHR), a public biotech company based in Silver Springs, Maryland.UAB to research pig-to-human kidney transplantsThe University of Alabama at Birmingham is one of five institutions that are researching the possibility of using genetically modified pig tissue for human kidney transplants.Alabama Campuses Take Steps To Harden Network Password AccessTwo Alabama universities have turned to technology from Keeper Security and Duo Security to help users protect access to their computing devices and to help IT stay ahead of potential hacking attempts created by weak password usage.Saving the English Language Is Not as Scary as It SoundsWithout a good working knowledge of formal, written English, young people are sent into the world without the tools needed to do the single, most important thing to help them succeed – effectively communicate.PCORI Awards $2.5M to UAB for Precision Medicine ResearchThe Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) has awarded $2.5 million to Jeffrey Curtis, MD, professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine (UAB), to research the comparative effectiveness of newer treatments for a variety of autoimmune and inflammatory diseases and advance precision medicine strategies.‘Vikings Unearthed’: Watch how a satellite spotted a lost village in North AmericaIt was the satellite’s near-infrared imagery that set Sarah Parcak, an archaeologist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and her colleagues on a quest to excavate the site on the southwestern coast of Newfoundland, known as Point Rosee.Theater festival honors student with local tiesThe Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in Charleston, South Carolina, has recently honored the senior theater student of University of Alabama at Birmingham for his 2015 performance in UAB's production of "SFB."UAB promotes assistant Robert Ehsan to head coachEhsan, 33, has been an assistant in the program under Jerod Haase for the past four seasons. He has been elevated after Haase left for Stanford late last month.The Recovery of the World’s Most Endangered Sea Turtle Has StalledKemp’s ridley sea turtles, the world’s rarest sea turtle species, nearly went extinct in the second half of the last century after fishing nets devastated their populations. By 1985 the species was down to its last 200 to 250 breeding females.Our brains adapt after retinal damageThe observations, discovered by University of Alabama at Birmingham and Pennsylvania State University researchers, were made in adult brains – highlighting just how flexible and responsive the nervous system can be.Black Patients May Get Better Treatment At These Kinds Of HospitalsBlack patients may do better when they’re treated at U.S. hospitals with more racially diverse populations, a recent study of outcomes for common gastrointestinal problems suggests.Exclusive interview with Dr. Henry Panion IIIHenry’s past has truly contributed to his compassionate outlook to have music a part of everyone’s lives.Cover story: Dr. Henry PanionUAB's Henry Panion discusses his life and career with Shine on Hollywood.Should You Force Yourself To Eat Breakfast Even If You Aren’t Hungry?Researchers found that after four months, both breakfast eaters and skippers were able to lose weight, and it made no significant difference whether they ate in the morning or not.