Researchers have found that an interaction between a mutant gene and alpha synuclein in neurons leads to hallmark pathologies seen in Parkinson’s disease, findings that may lead to new mechanisms and targets for neuroprotection.
UAB continues to improve maternal and infant health as the only university to be a member of all three NIH perinatal networks.
The zebrafish is making its mark in the field of biomedical research, becoming one of the fastest-growing models of human disease.
Heat illness can be a serious matter, say UAB emergency physicians. Be prepared, and be safe.
The partnership will provide scholarships and a reverse transfer agreement with Jefferson State to help deserving Alabama students realize their fullest potential.
Mild to moderate muscle and nerve strain provokes symptom flares in individuals with chronic fatigue syndrome.
In a paper published in the July 14 inaugural issue of the journal Science Immunology, University of Alabama at Birmingham researchers report a new quality-control checkpoint function in developing B cells, cells that produce antibodies to protect the body from pathogens.
"Humans are the only species in which one sex is know to have a ubiquitous survival advantage," the UAB researchers wrote. "Indeed, the sex difference in longevity may be one of the most robust features of human biology."
Now a new study, published in the journal Injury Prevention, has compared the dangers of laundry pods and standard laundry detergent and found that exposures to the pods are more likely to land a child in the hospital.
A quality-control checkpoint in pre-B cells restricts the range of antibodies produced by mature B cells, and manipulation of the checkpoint could make vaccines more potent.
Registration is open for a new fall session of classes at ArtPlay, the Alys Stephens Center’s home for arts education for all ages on the UAB campus.
The NIH recently awarded UAB $11.5 million to support studies that will assess treatment of babies born with congenital cytomegalovirus but no symptoms, and frequency of neonatal herpes infections in the United States and Peru.
A pilot grant was recently awarded to UAB to investigate a noninvasive method of detecting neuroinflammation in rheumatoid arthritis.
The exhibition, presented by the UAB College of Arts and Sciences' Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, opens Sept. 9 with a free reception.
A new study from the UAB School of Dentistry shows that women who are pregnant are more likely to have gingivitis in their first and second trimesters, which can negatively affect mother and baby.
Ben Branscomb, a pioneering physician and long-time UAB faculty member, was often called the father of pulmonary medicine.
It’s an opportunity for peace, love and blood donation with the UAB/Red Cross Blood Drive.
The creation or removal of memories in the brain involves addition or removal of methyl groups at precise spots on chromosomal DNA. But what is it that controls the careful targeting of these neuronal DNA methylation dynamics?
The UAB Department of Computer and Information Sciences joins a short list of computer science programs in the Southeast to offer a Bachelor of Arts degree in computer and information sciences.
The iKnife, a revolutionary mass spectrometry method, contributes to precision surgery by allowing accurate identification of cancer margins.
Dual degree will prepare graduates to pursue clinical and administrative career opportunities in the eye care field.
A flexible, 100 percent online-based program will blend engineering and business curricula to prepare students for the growing industrial distribution industry.
Students from Medium: Art Club at UAB will exhibit selected works in a juried exhibition, while Assistant Professor of Sculpture Stacey Holloway’s solo exhibition, “Herds,” will also be on view. A free reception is set for July 15.
July 07, 2016

UAB ECMO program wins gold

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UAB’s program for extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, or ECMO, has won a Gold Level Award for Excellence.
The UAB Department of Athletics has announced that Harold W. Ripps, a local philanthropist and CEO of Rime Capital Account, Inc., has made a $500,000 commitment to the UAB Athletics Foundation in support of the Football Operations Center.
“Tempers get shorter as we get hotter, and we are more likely to react angrily to circumstances that wouldn’t bother us as much if the weather were cooler.”
Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham found the LRRK2 protein is present in the urine of Parkinson's patients, suggesting they can track both the disease and the efficacy of experimental treatments.
PaintFest America, a nationwide tour engaging cancer communities in the healing power of art, visits UAB on July 14.
Walker will help identify which types of businesses embrace or overlook the importance of cybersecurity, and help capture best practices to increase the adoption of cybersecurity technologies.
The ecRNAs appear to act in memory formation, and may offer a new therapeutic approach to neuropsychiatric diseases.
Fun and games play a crucial role in helping kids prepare their brains, bodies, and social skills for the rest of their lives. But can playtime survive the age of smartphones and packed schedules? UAB occupational therapy faculty and students offer pointers for play.
In the frigid Southern Ocean, off the coast of Antarctica, only the strong survive. “Sponges aren’t protected by shells and they can’t move around,” said James McClintock, Ph.D., Endowed University Professor of Polar and Marine Biology in the UAB College of Arts and Sciences Department of Biology. “When you’re that leaky, you have a constant battle on your hands.”
The new clinic includes urology, gastroenterology, endocrinology and rheumatology specialities and will be located on the first and second floors of the UAB School of Medicine building within the hospital's campus.
Called the Institutional Training Grant Program in Genomic Medicine, the initiative has awarded $3.5 million in five-year grants to research institutes to provide genomics training to postdoctoral fellows who have earned an MD or PhD.
PI focuses on one- or two-room facilities to perform a radiation therapy that targets tumors to cause less damage to surrounding tissues and has fewer side effects.
Stored samples of urine and cerebral-spinal fluid from patients with Parkinson's disease hold a brand-new type of biomarker — a phosphorylated protein that correlates with the presence and severity of Parkinson's disease — new research indicates
Across the US and UK, new clinical trials are using psychedelics in an attempt to treat addiction to everything from controlled substances including cocaine to alcohol and cigarettes.
The program is the first of its kind to incorporate research and medical training in genomics.
BCRFA is accepting proposals for a two-year collaborative breast cancer research award among the UAB Cancer Center, Southern Research and HudsonAlpha.
In 2000, researchers Steven Austad, now of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and S. Jay Olshansky of the University of Chicago, each bet $150 over whether the first person who could live to age 150 was already born.
As self-driving cars have quickly shifted from the realm of science fiction to the real world, a common debate has surfaced: should your car be programmed to kill you if it means saving the lives of dozens of other people?
The biomarker, the protein kinase LRRK2, is a promising candidate for future exploration.
Clinic opens Aug. 1 and will initially offer urology, gastroenterology, endocrinology and rheumatology care.
The Alabama-focused summit will showcase how telehealth is impacting and transforming the delivery of health care around the state
The Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program says UAB meets all criteria as a Comprehensive Center to deliver safe, high-quality bariatric patient care.
Developing and maintaining a healthy relationship with food is a lifelong pursuit, not a sprint to the finish line. Start by eating real foods that you enjoy, and feed your body in a way that optimizes your own health.
A UAB psychologist discusses addiction and recognizing the symptoms of mental illness in adults and children.
Nicholas Dionne-Odom, Ph.D., will use a five-year, $935,000 award to research and develop a health-coaching program to support family caregivers for persons with advanced cancer and help them stay healthy and functioning at a high level.
Knowing when an asteroid could impact Earth would be nice, but learning more about super volcanoes might be more prudent.
High mosquito and human population densities, combined with mosquito breeding conditions, are the central cause for Zika virus.
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