UAB Synopsis
December 15 , 2010
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Featured Story
Does playing football in college make for a better medical student? No rigorous data are found to answer this question, but there are numerous athletes who went to medical school or practiced medicine in Alabama since the turn of the 20th century, UAB Archivist Tim Pennycuff told a group of retired physicians at a meeting of the 811 Breakfast Club. Read More>>
Headline News
Associate Professor of Radiology David E. Hogg, MD, JD, has been appointed Interim Chief of Staff at The Kirklin Clinic. Read More>>
UAB recognizes that its faculty and staff spend a good bit of time giving to the community through various donations and volunteer services. For the second year, faculty and staff have an opportunity to support UAB's longstanding mission of serving the community by participating in the UAB Day of Service. Read More>>
Jay M. McDonald, MD, former director of the UAB Center for Metabolic Bone Disease and chair of the Department of Pathology, is retiring after 20 years as a leader on the UAB faculty. Read More>>
This holiday season consider a gift to UAB. From an endowed chair to funds for the Reynolds Library, your gifts can make a difference for generations to come. Read More>>
In recognition of World AIDS Day December 1, the UAB Health Center Montgomery and the UAB Montgomery Family Clinic provided free confidential screening for HIV infection at Tuskegee University. At the event, held at the Student Union in Tompkins Hall, UAB Health Center Montgomery faculty and staff tested 170 students for HIV and provided post-test counseling and advice on risk reduction behavior. Read More>>
Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisor Carol Green joined UAB Hospital this fall to help transform the Department of Pastoral Care into a teaching department once again. Read More>>
Nominate a full-time faculty member who has rendered outstanding service to the Birmingham community in education, economic development, health-care delivery, the arts, social services, human rights, or urban and public affairs for the 2011 Odessa Woolfolk Community Service Award. The deadline for nominations is 5 pm Friday, January 14, 2011. Learn more at For more information, contact Linda Piteo at or 205.934.0513.
Bad Weather Information
As we enter the cold weather months, the risk of severe winter weather increases. In the event of severe weather conditions, employees should familiarize themselves with the bad weather procedures for their work area. Read More>>
Pioneer AIDS Researcher, Advocate Saag to Receive President's Medal
Professor Michael S. Saag, MD, director of the UAB Center for AIDS Research, will be presented with the 2010 President's Medal at UAB commencement ceremonies 2 pm Saturday, December 18, at Bartow Arena. The ceremonies will be streamed live at Read More>>
Drug Discovery and Development Course
The Drug Discovery and Development course hosted by Southern Research Institute is now open to interested post-doctoral trainees and faculty members. It meets Thursdays from 1:30 to 3 pm, January 6 to April 28, 2011. For a list of topics, click here. To participate, e-mail to or
If Aunt Madge will be at Christmas dinner this year, or Grandma is coming up from Florida to see the grandbabies, take the opportunity to dig up some info on your family health history, when people who might have some pertinent knowledge will be close at hand, say UAB genetics experts. Read More>>
The federal Office of Civil Rights has reported that major breaches of Personal Health Information (PHI) are approaching 200 since September 2009. The top cause of large breaches is theft, and the top media type is laptop computers. Read More>>
USNWR Rankings
Professor and Division Director Victor J. Thannickal, MD, credits excellence in each of the division's three focus areas clinical care, research, and education of physicians and researchers for its high reputation among the more than 9,000 specialists whose input went into the latest USN&WR rankings. Read More>>
Research Extra
Protein Offers Clue to Kidney Disease Cause, Treatment
UAB researchers have pinpointed a protein that compromises the kidney's filtering ability, causing nephrotic syndrome, and demonstrated that a naturally occurring precursor of an acid in the body offers potential for treating some forms of the condition. The research, published online December 12 in Nature Medicine, was termed "a major breakthrough in understanding the development and treatment of kidney disease associated with proteinuria" by the study's lead author, Associate Professor Sumant Singh Chugh, MD, Division of Nephrology." Read More>>
Research Funding
Lamartiniere Receives Environmental Health Award
Professor Coral Lamartiniere, PhD, UAB Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, a UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center senior scientist, recently received a $1.8-million grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to study the role environmental chemicals play in causing breast cancer. The 4-year award will allow him to investigate how combinations of chemical exposures early in life can alter susceptibility to breast cancer, and shed light on understanding the complex role that environmental chemicals play in breast cancer causation and prevention.
The NextGen Sequencing Pilot Studies Program is a partnership between the UAB Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) and the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology in Huntsville. The program allows UAB investigators to obtain preliminary data using NextGen Sequencing (for whole exome sequencing, RNA sequencing, custom sequence capture, or whole genome sequencing) in support of planned extramural applications. The CCTS will fund individual awards of up to $10,000 each. Applications are due by 4 pm January 4, 2011. Application information is online at
Grants and Contracts Awarded
A Grants and Contracts Awarded report is distributed weekly through the UAB Research Administration Listserv. The reports consist of new grants and contracts, competing continuations, competitive renewals, supplements, and amendments or modifications that add additional funds to an existing award. Multi-year awards display the total funding awarded for the entire project period. All industry-sponsored titles have been removed and replaced by the protocol number or "Confidential Title." For the list for December 14, click here.
UAB In the News
How MS Affects Kids May Differ by Race
From Bloomberg Business Week: "A new U.S. study finds that multiple sclerosis impairs certain cognitive functions more severely in black children than white children. The findings may lead to new types of individualized treatment, said the researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The study appears in the December 7 issue of the journal Neurology. Read More>>
Nelson Named to AAMC Board of Directors
Professor Kathleen G. Nelson, MD, senior associate dean for faculty development of the UAB School of Medicine, has been named to a 2-year term on the Association of American Medical Colleges Board of Directors. The 17-member board is the governing body for the association, which represents all medical schools in Canada and the United States and almost 400 major teaching hospitals and health systems, including 62 Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers and nearly 90 academic and scientific societies.
The UAB Department of Radiation Oncology unveiled a portrait of its first chair, Robert E. Roth, MD, on November 19. Event attendees celebrated the outstanding leadership and legacy of Dr. Roth during his tenure as chair from 1969 to 1985. Read More>>
Demark-Wahnefried Appointed to ASCO Committee
UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center Associate Director for Cancer Prevention and Control Professor Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, PhD, RD, recently was appointed to the American Society of Clinical Oncology's Survivorship Committee for 2010-2013. Dr. Demark-Wahnefried is a nationally renowned expert in the Department of Nutrition Science, recognized for her research involving nutrition-related concerns of cancer patients and determining effective lifestyle interventions that improve the overall health of cancer survivors and their families.
UAB Health System's Marketing Department has won Best-In-Class awards from The awards include a Silver award for Best Method of Driving Traffic to the Web site, and a Bronze award for Best Use of Cross Media Approaches. provides Internet, Web and Intranet solutions and services for health care organizations. Read More>>
The Alabama Eye Bank (AEB) recently recognized UAB's Neurosciences ICU (NICU) for exceptional work in helping provide the gift of sight. A recent breakfast hosted by AEB honored the unit with a breakfast and program. Read More>>
Dear Doctor
How do I choose safe toys for small children? Read More>>
The Christmas Toy Fund celebration will be held at 11 am Thursday, December 16, at the North Pavilion atrium, second floor. Read More>>
Eric D. Green, MD, PhD, director of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), will deliver the 20th annual Paulette Shirey Pritchett Endowed Lecture in Pathology at 1:30 pm Monday, January 10 at Margaret Cameron Spain Auditorium. Read More>>
UAB Athletics
UAB Men's Basketball
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