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American adults tend to gain a pound or two per year. Researchers are testing a new approach to halt this creeping weight gain. They give participants a digital scale that graphs their weight over time and one job: step on it daily.
Meet the students and staff helping Alabamians across the state stay safe and learn the truth about COVID vaccines, one call at a time.
Published in Behind the Scenes
More than 100 different UAB researchers have been first authors on papers based on the REGARDS study thanks to its innovative design — and a uniquely “friendly and welcoming team.”

Jake Chen, Ph.D., associate director of the Informatics Institute, is the first ACM member in Alabama to be honored as a Distinguished Member in this category.

Published in Achievements

New courses in Precision Medicine and Entrepreneurship in Medicine from leading BME faculty will debut in spring 2022 semester.

Published in Programs & Curricula
One of the largest simulation groups in the country will become two separate teams as of July 2022 to meet current and future growth: UAB Clinical Simulation for the Health System and the Office of Interprofessional Simulation for the academic campus.
Published in Campus News

The largest registry of U.S. children with cancer who were diagnosed with COVID-19 found an increased risk of having severe infection and having their cancer therapy modified because of COVID, underscoring the urgency of vaccinations for these children, the authors say.

Published in Research Findings
Clinical psychologist Aaron Fobian, Ph.D., has developed a therapy for this debilitating condition that she is now testing in a major NIH-sponsored clinical trial.
Published in Advances
Professor Jianguo Gu, Ph.D., was the first to publish direct evidence that the Piezo2 channel is the sensor for light touch in 2014. His lab continues to pioneer research that could ease the burden of chemotherapy, excruciating facial pain and other conditions.

UAB faculty and staff from four separate schools and units have contributed to the international standards in health care simulation, reinforcing UAB’s position among the world leaders in the field.

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Discoveries about neurotransmission in neuroglia were “heresy” at the time, but the work of UAB neurobiologist Vladimir Parpura, M.D., Ph.D., has inspired new approaches to treating brain disease — and an honorary issue of the journal Neurochemical Research.

Published in Awards & Honors
Researchers from UAB’s Center for Addiction and Pain Prevention and Intervention are collaborating with colleagues in Africa on a $5.8-million study to translate effective approaches from Zambia to rural Alabama — and vice versa.
Published in Grants Awarded

UAB BTS logo FINALThe student-led group partnered with the Alabama Statewide Area Health Education Centers program to distribute Pfizer vaccine doses.

Published in Behind the Scenes
Twelve teams competed for cash and prizes across two action-packed days in the AI Against Cancer hackathon. This is the third iteration of the UAB-sponsored event, which applies big data and artificial intelligence techniques to fight disease.

Neurobiology Professor Robin Lester, Ph.D., winner of the Ellen Gregg Ingalls Award/UAB NAS Award for Lifetime Achievement in Teaching, has distinguished himself at the bench and in the classroom.

Published in Awards & Honors
School of Medicine undergraduates are learning about gene editing, biomedical device design and commercialization in co-enrolled courses led by faculty from the Department of Biomedical Engineering.
Published in Programs & Curricula
Long-time season ticket-holders — and a proud first-timer — reveal what they love about Blazer Football and what they’re looking forward to most at UAB’s first home game Oct. 2.
Published in Go Blazers!
Fear and self-loathing play a role in conditions from cancer to HIV and COVID-19, spurring a flood of new NIH funding for stigma research. This summer, UAB researchers led — and participated in — a first-of-its-kind “crash course” to bring more investigators into the field.

Two UAB researchers — a SARS-CoV-2 expert and a vaccine researcher — discuss the prospects for future mutations.

Analyzing gene sequencing data and prescriptions for more than 3,300 participants in the Alabama Genomic Health Initiative, UAB researchers estimate 98.6% of Alabamians have actionable genotypes and “a significant proportion are currently prescribed affected medications.”
Research by Amy Amara, M.D., Ph.D., explores the ways deep sleep improves cognition and resistance exercise boosts deep sleep. With a new grant, she is studying the best exercise prescription for people with Parkinson’s.
When use of an obscure antidepressant exploded across the state, William Rushton, M.D., who directs UAB’s medical toxicology program and the state’s poison control hotline, began an investigation that led the Alabama Department of Public Health to halt sales.
Published in UAB in the Community

The UA System Board of Trustees awarded the rank of Distinguished Professor to Jerry Oakes and Trygve Tollefsbol and University Professor to Molly Wasko.

Published in Awards & Honors

Medications to treat opioid use disorder include methadone, naltrexone and buprenorphine. Leah Leisch, M.D., medical director of Substance Use Services at UAB Beacon Recovery Services, explains how each is used and prescribed.

Published in Advances

Twelve faculty have been selected to receive the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, which honors those who have demonstrated exceptional accomplishments in teaching. The 2021 honorees represent each school, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Honors College and the Graduate School.

Published in Awards & Honors
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