UAB’s groundbreaking REGARDS study enrolled more than 30,000 people ages 45 and older throughout the United States from 2003-07. Researchers amassed a treasure trove of information to help understand everything from the racial disparities in strokes to rates of cognitive decline in the Southern Stroke Belt that are higher than other areas of the country.

Such findings recently led to a $28 million grant renewal for the continuation of the nation’s largest study aimed at exploring the racial and geographic differences in stroke illness and stroke death from the National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

Imagine the information that could be gleaned from a similar study in Europe. George Howard, Dr.P.H., principal investigator for REGARDS (Reasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke) and professor of biostatistics in UAB’s School of Public Health, has done more than think about it. UAB recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Medical University of Lodz in Poland, and Howard is talking with Lodz counterpart Maciej Banach, M.D., about all kinds of possibilities.

“It would be wonderful to do this and better understand the differences between Europe and the United States,” Howard says.

In simplest terms, a MOU is a formal agreement between two or more institutions that makes potential collaborations like this and more possible. UAB has MOUs with 76 partner institutions and organizations in 35 countries around the world.

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Andrew Young, a civil rights legend and former ambassador to the United Nations, will give a lecture at the UAB on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. The free, public event will take at 7 p.m. at Bartow Arena, 617 13th St. South. This lecture is one of several events in the yearlong UAB and City of Birmingham partnership, 50 Years Forward, an ongoing commemoration of the seminal events of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement.

As a young, ordained minister, Andrew Young worked alongside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to fight for civil and human rights. He was a key strategist and negotiator during the Civil Rights Campaigns in Birmingham and Selma that resulted in the passage Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. In 1977, he was appointed the nation’s first African-American ambassador to the United Nations. In that role, he negotiated an end to white-minority rule in Namibia and Zimbabwe and brought President Jimmy Carter’s emphasis on human rights to international diplomacy. Click here to read entire article...