UAB Synopsis
January 5 , 2011
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Featured Story
Members of the 811 Breakfast Club honored James A. Pittman, MD, former dean of the School of Medicine, at a recent meeting. Read More>>
Beach Party for Blood Donations
Win one of the daily drawings for an I-Pod shuffle and UAB beach blankets at the North Pavilion atrium blood drive next Wednesday through Friday. The blood drive will be from 10 am to 5 pm January 12 and 13 and 10 am to 2 pm January 14.
Emotional Intelligence Course for UAB
Medicine Faculty
The biggest predictor of performance in the workplace and the strongest driver of leadership and personal excellence is Emotional Intelligence (EI) a combination of self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy, and social skills. The Physician Resource Office and the Office of Training and Development offers its first four-session series on EI to UAB Medicine faculty beginning January 20, 11:30 am to 1 pm at the West Pavilion Conference Center, room G. A $50 fee includes lunch, educational materials, and 4 hours category 1 CME credits. For more information or to register for one of the 10 slots available, call 205.731.9799 or e-mail
CPM Administrator Named Commissioner of Mental Health
Zelia Baugh has been named by Governor-elect Robert Bentley to be commissioner of the Alabama Department of Mental Health. Baugh currently is administrator of psychiatry at UAB's Center for Psychiatric Medicine.
As the first baby boomers turn 65, will the country be ready to meet the extraordinary medical and social needs that they will require? The answer is "No," according to Professor and Division of Gerontology, Geriatrics and Palliative Care Director Richard M. Allman, MD, who says the boomers will need specialized geriatric care from specialized health care professionals in specialized facilities. Read More>>
Not many hospitals allow a patient to order room service, and there's only one where that patient can choose an item inspired, planned, and prepared under the guidance of a chef considered one of the nation's best. In mid-December, renowned local chef Frank Stitt, a James Beard-award winner, came on board. The room service menu now boasts three of Stitt's special creations. Read More>>
HealthStream Information
Do you have educational materials that you would like to publish for your staff in HealthStream? Materials must be submitted for publication by February 5. If you have other HealthStream needs or questions, e-mail a service request form to
UAB's Campus Recreation Center is kicking off its annual Biggest Loser Challenge with registration and weigh-ins January 10 to 13. Participants may sign up as a team of two or three or as an individual. The cost is $5 for Campus Rec members and $75 for nonmembers (includes 9-week Campus Rec membership). For more information, visit
All ham radio operators or anyone interested in getting involved in Ham Radio will meet at 2 pm January 11 at the West Pavilion Conference Center, room A. Read More>>
Narrative medicine pioneer and author Abraham Verghese, MD, is the recipient of UAB's 2011 Ireland Distinguished Visiting Scholar Award and will present a free lecture on his novel, "Cutting for Stone," at 5:30 pm Monday, February 7, at the Alys Stephens Center's Jemison Concert Hall. Read More>>
Individuals and organizations are needed for cultural displays, performances and vendors for UAB's annual International Bazaar, 11 am to 3 pm Wednesday, January 26. Interested participants should e-mail Cora McNeil at by January 19.
U.S. News Rankings
ENT-Head and Neck Surgery Among Nation's Top Programs
UAB's Division of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery has become a regular presence in the annual U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Hospitals list. Read More>>
Research Extra
A UAB study has identified a gene deletion in nearly 25% of all glioblastoma cases that is believed to be responsible for poor patient outcomes. Published online December 22, 2010, in the New England Journal of Medicine, the study's lead author and principal investigator is Markus Bredel, MD, PhD, associate professor in the UAB Department of Radiation Oncology, director of the UAB Radiation Oncology Brain Tumor Laboratory, and a scientist at the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center. Read More>>
Less-invasive robotic-assisted surgery for upper airway and digestive track malignant tumors is as effective as other minimally invasive surgical techniques based on patient function and survival, according to UAB researchers. Read More>>
UAB Helps Reduce Cervical Cancer Deaths in Zambia
A new study shows using appropriate human resources and technology, morbidity and mortality from cervical cancer among HIV-infected women can be reduced. The study's lead author is Professor Groesbeck Parham, MD, Obstetrics and Gynecology, director of the Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia's Cervical Cancer Prevention Program. To read the article, published in the December issue of HIV Therapy, click here.
Motivational interviewing, a popular counseling technique for addictive behaviors, might not be the best choice for cigarette smokers. UAB Assistant Professor Peter S. Hendricks, PhD, School of Public Health, says it produced only modest improvement. His findings are published in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. Read More>>
Research Funding
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 January 4, click here.
UAB Huntsville Program Recognized for
Patient-Centered Care
UAB Huntsville Regional Medical Campus physicians and practices recently were recognized as a Patient Centered Medical Home by the National Committee for Quality Assurance. The UAB Huntsville program is one of only nine physician practices in the state to receive the honor, and one of only 1,038 practices recognized in the nation.
Top 10 Award for UAB Hospital Supply Chain
UAB Hospital recently won University HealthSystem Consortium's (UHC) prestigious Top 10 Award for Supply Chain Performance. This award is presented to the academic medical centers with the greatest participation in its best-priced agreement portfolio, active participation in UHC's Standardization Programs, using the private label brand for products and drugs, and demonstrating efficiencies in the use of UHC's programs and informatics tools. Award winners are determined based on a calculation utilizing calendar year 2009 data.
Nurse Anesthesia Program Recognized
The UAB Nurse Anesthesia program in the School of Health Professions was awarded the International Federation of Nurse Anesthetists Recognition for 5 years. Last month, UAB's Nurse Anesthesia program received a 10-year accreditation by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs. It consistently ranks as one of the top Nurse Anesthesia programs in U.S. News & World Report evaluations.
Dear Doctor
Do you have any suggestions for staying motivated to exercise? I want to do well, and though I start out with a bang, I seem to lose interest after a few months. Read More>>
Seminar: 'Epigenetic Regulation by Hormones'
Professor Paul M. Yen, MD, director of the Laboratory of Hormonal Regulation in the Cardiovascular and Metabolic Disorders Program at the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School, Singapore, will present "Epigenetic Regulation by Hormones," at 9 am Thursday, January 6, at Shelby Building, room 1215. The event is cosponsored by the UAB Comprehensive Diabetes Center and the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism. Anyone interested in meeting with Dr. Yen should contact Assistant Professor Meredith Preuss, PhD, at for availability.
Get Express Training for End Note
Learn how to use Endnote Web to store and format citations for your papers during Express Training: EndNote Web at noon Thursday, January 6, at the Lister Hill Library Electronic Classroom. This class features focused training, hands-on exercises, and time for questions. Bring a (non-messy) brown bag lunch if you like; Lister Hill will provide water and fruit. Questions? Call 205.975.4821.
Vanderbilt Professor to Present on HIV-1 Capsid
Associate Professor Christopher R. Aiken, PhD, of the Vanderbilt University Department of Microbiology and Immunology, will present "The HIV-1 Capsid: Structure, Function, and Therapeutic Targeting," Friday, January 7, at Bevill Biomedical Research Building, room 170, by the UAB Center For AIDS Research. Lunch will be served.
Locher's Topic Is 'Survey Development'
The James A. Pittman Society for Clinical and Translational Science and the CCTS Professional Skills Training Program are sponsoring "Survey Developments," presented by Associate Professor Julie L. Locher, PhD, MSPH, Division of Gerontology, Geriatrics and Palliative Care, from noon to 1 pm Friday, January 7, at the Margaret Cameron Spain Auditorium. Lunch will be served. To register, click here.
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>>
Hook Presents on Mentor-Mentee Relationship
The Center for Clinical and Translational Science's (CCTS) Professional Skills Training Program will feature Division of Infectious Diseases Director and Professor Edward W. Hook III, MD, presenting "Creating Successful Mentoring Relationships-Roles of the Mentor and Mentee" Tuesday, January 11, from 11 am to 12:30 pm at Margaret Cameron Spain Auditorium. Lunch will be served. To register, click here.
Psychosocial and Spiritual Grand Rounds
Director of the Center for Palliative and Supportive Care Christine Ritchie, MD, will present "Integrating Spiritual Appreciation and Assessment into Healthcare: A Physician's Perspective," on Tuesday, January 11, from 1:30 to 2:30 pm at Margaret Cameron Spain Auditorium. Lunch will be provided for the first 100 participants. Continuing education is approved for physicians, social workers, and nurses. Click here for more information.
Workshop: Genes to Pathogenesis
The Comprehensive Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Autoimmunity Center will present a mini symposium, "Genes to Pathogenesis," noon to 4 pm Friday, January 14 at the Shelby Building, room 318. Lunch will be provided. This minisymposium seeks to link genomics and other "omics" to phenotype with a focus on inflammation and autoimmunity. RSVP to Jennifer Croker, PhD, at by 4 pm, Wednesday, January 12.
Women Services Community Education Classes
What foods should I avoid during pregnancy? Is "once a cesarean, always a cesarean" a myth? When is the best time of the month to conceive a baby? If you are planning a pregnancy, or are already expecting a little one, find the answers to these questions and more at the UAB "Women's Community Health Education Classes." The winter series focuses on the latest in prepregnancy planning, prenatal care, and labor and delivery. Classes will be held on Tuesday, January 18, and Tuesday, January 25, and Tuesday, February 1, from 5:45 to 7:30 pm at the UAB Women and Infants Center. A small fee covers the lecture, a light dinner, and parking. Registration is required. To register or for more information click here or call 205.934.9999.
Developing Therapies for Rare Diseases
The CCTS Forum will feature NIH Chemical Genomics Center Director Christopher Austin, MD, the National Human Genome Research Institute's senior advisor for translational research. He will present "Translational Therapeutic Development for Rare Diseases" Monday, January 24, from 11 am to noon at the West Pavilion Conference Center, room E. Lunch will be provided. To register, click here.
Blazer Athletics
Catch UAB Blazer men's basketball tonight, January 5, at 6 pm on ESPN2, when they play defending national champion Duke Blue Devils in Durham, N.C. The team will open Conference USA play against rival UTEP at 3 pm Saturday, January 8. UAB Women's Basketball also will begin its C-USA schedule against Tulane at 4 pm Sunday, January 9. Both nationally televised games will be played at Bartow Arena. For tickets or information, contact the Athletic Ticket Office at 205.975.8221, e-mail, or visit
Alys Robinson Stephens Performing Arts Center
Reduced Shakespeare Company, violinist Joshua Bell, Spencers Theatre of Illusion and An Evening with Ira Glass are part of the lineup at the ASC during January. For tickets, call 205.975.2787 or go to

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