September 3, 2010

UAB logs another spinoff

(Birmingham Business Journal)
Soluble Therapeutics - founded in 2008 and incorporated this year - is the second biotechnology company to spin off from UAB research and incorporate into a commercial entity this year.

Large tenant to graduate from Innovation Depot

(Birmingham Business Journal)
Holistic Health Care graduates from UAB business incubator.

More illegal immigrants living, working in Alabama, study finds

(Montgomery Advertiser)
Raymond Mohl, a University of Alabama at Birmingham history professor who has studied immigration trends, said legal immigrants have come to Alabama for jobs and then word about the state has spread to their families and friends in central and South America.

(Tuscaloosa News)

Cigarette smoke may cause inflammation through a new chemical pathway

Cigarette smoke causes a key enzyme that regulates the body's response to inflammation, to shut off, according to a new study researchers at University of Alabama at Birmingham found that smoke causes the enzyme to shut down white blood cells following a successful response to inflammation.


(Science AAAS)

September 2, 2010

Desperate for a Treatment, One Physician Heals Himself

Dr. Stephane Huberty  began reading medical papers, and soon seized on the work of J. Edwin Blalock, a professor of medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

UAB to participate in kidney transplant pilot program

(Birmingham Business Journal)
The University of Alabama at Birmingham is one of three institutions named today as part of a pilot program to test a new technology intended to increase the number of kidneys available for transplant.

Money raised by local foundations goes to the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where ovarian cancer research is being conducted.

Report estimates illegal immigration up in Alabama, down nationally

Raymond Mohl, a University of Alabama at Birmingham history professor who has studied immigration trends, said many illegal immigrants in Alabama might not be returning home out of fear of not being able to re-enter the country due to a crackdown on illegal immigration.

Elections Make Defense Spending Cuts More Difficult, Says Expert

"Military spending is affected by the electoral cycles," says University of Alabama at Birmingham Assistant Professor of Sociology Casey Borch, Ph.D., an expert on defense spending who teaches in UAB's Department of Sociology and Social Work.

Many HIV-Exposed Infants in Africa Don't Get Protective Drug, Study Shows

(Science Magazine)
Study author is Dr. Elizabeth Stringer, an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

September 1, 2010

Alabama college mascots, Gov. Riley urge state residents to wear their colors

(Birmingham News)
UAB's Blaze, the University of Alabama's Big Al and other university mascots gathered around Gov. Bob Riley and his 4-year-old granddaughter Madilyn Jenice Crye this morning outside the Capitol, after Riley declared that Friday would be College Colors Day.

UAB researchers develop shellfish bacteria test

(Birmingham Business Journal)
A biology research team at the University of Alabama at Birmingham has developed a testing method for shellfish bacteria.

Weight gain linked to depression

(Mayor of Boston's Health Line Blog)
Studies have shown that depression can cause weight gain. A recent study by professors at the University of Alabama at Birmingham showed that people who felt depressed gained weight faster in a period of 15 years, when compared with people who felt happier.

August 31, 2010

New UAB center is economic development material

(Daily Motion)
The future of materials manufacturing in Alabama will be shaped by the skilled scholars and students working in a newly dedicated center of excellence at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Engineering.

The price of poverty

(WBHM-FM, Birmingham)
Dr. Mark LaGory is an urban sociologist and human ecologist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. His research focuses on the consequences of residential environments and social capital for individual and community well-being.

Behavioral training doesn't help incontinence outcomes

(Modern Medicine)
Kathryn L. Burgio, Ph.D., of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and colleagues randomized 64 women to treatment for urge urinary incontinence consisting of eight weeks (four visits) of drug therapy only (extended release oxybutynin) or drug therapy plus behavioral intervention, including pelvic floor muscle training and urge suppression techniques.

August 30, 2010

One-of-a-kind lab at UAB to help lure new business

(Birmingham News)
Alabama's economic development chief is pumped about a new high-tech research lab at UAB that is capable of handling metals, plastics and composite materials, saying it could help the job-hungry state land new businesses.

UAB researcher awarded grant from Ovarian Cancer Academy

(WBRC-TV, Birmingham)
A researcher at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Comprehensive Cancer Center has been selected for the Ovarian Cancer Academy Award.

(WSFA-TV, Montgomery)

People on the move: Aug. 30

(Birmingham Business Journal)

Professor of Chemistry Charles Watkins is the 2010 recipient of the Ellen Gregg Ingalls/UAB National Alumni Society Award for Lifetime Achievement in Teaching. In his 40-year UAB career, Watkins served for 10 years as the associate dean for the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, which became a part of the new UAB College of Arts and Sciences in 2009.

Belly weight-loss wraps

(Hartford Courant)
Gary Hunter, a professor in the school of nutrition at the University of Alabama at Birmingham who studies exercise physiology and fat distribution, agrees that a neoprene waist band will help rid the body of water, not body fat. He also notes that people who are overheated can't work out as hard as they would normally - yet another reason why the belts might be counterproductive for weight loss.

 Is cholesterol level linked to premature birth?

(WBRC-TV, Birmingham)
A study co-authored by a University of Alabama at Birmingham assistant professor says there may be link between high or low pre-pregnancy cholesterol and premature births.