Changes to a key protein amplified its natural ability to counter kidney disease, according to UAB research. The team now will work to confirm those results and conduct toxicity and dosing studies that would need before they could conduct human clinical trials. The study was published in the journal Nature Medicine.
Riddle researches the influence of a chromatin protein family on genes
Nicole Riddle, PhD., received a NSF CAREER Award to fund her research of the Heterochromatin Protein 1 family and create a lab course to introduce transfer students to original research.Genau experiments with eutectics to better understand, control their behavior
Amber Genau, Ph.D., received a NSF CAREER Award to fund her research of the fundamental science behind the behavior of certain metal alloys, expand a Materials Camp for high school students and develop two new courses on the role of science and technology in world history.UAB turns on fastest internet among Alabama universities
UAB has increased bandwidth 10-fold and become the first public university in Alabama to achieve 100 gigabit-per-second speeds. Now, data-intensive processes that took weeks to complete are possible in a matter of days — a competitive advantage in education, research and patient care.UAB part of NSF plan to tackle large-scale challenges with big data analysisUAB is a member institution of the new South Big Data Innovation Hub, one of four regional NSF hubs expected to apply big data to public problem-solving. UAB will contribute — most likely in in areas of health care, industrial big data and smart cities — through its Big Data Research and Analytics Lab.Neuroscientist is working to stack the building blocks of memoryUAB’s J. David Sweatt, Ph.D., an international expert in the basic mechanisms of memory formation, explains how recent discoveries are pointing the way to new treatment options for learning and memory disorders.UAB is NIH center of excellence for biology of aging researchNIH's National Institute on Aging has designated UAB a Nathan Shock Center, one of six nationwide expected to provide leadership in basic research into the biology of aging. UAB will receive a five-year, $2.5 million award to establish the center and pursue its research on the relationship between energetics and aging.When computers learn to understand doctors' notes, the world will be a better placeBy training computers to pick out timing clues in medical records, UAB machine learning expert Steven Bethard, Ph.D., aims to help individual physicians visualize patient histories, and researchers recruit for clinical trials.Graduate training to improve special education services gets a boostA $1.25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education will fund scholarships, provide research opportunities and support collaboration between UAB's schools of Education and Health Professions to improve education services for young children with disabilities. Professor Jennifer Kilgo, Ed.D., who directs Project TransTeam, expects to train 70 scholars in five years.Men and women process chronic pain differentlyRobert Sorge, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology, is lead author of a paper published in Nature Neuroscience online that disputes the assumption that a common pain circuit exists in both sexes. New research shows males and females may use very different biological systems to process pain; the key difference appears to be in the immune system and under control of testosterone.Will your self-driving car be programmed to kill you?The computer brains inside autonomous vehicles will be fast enough to make life-or-death decisions. But should they? A member of UAB’s national championship-winning Bioethics Bowl team — and the team’s coach, a renowned bioethicist — weigh in on a thorny problem of the dawning robot age.