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PhD Research Spotlights

Favel L. Mondesir, MSPH


Please consider nominating a faculty member for this the OUTSTANDING FACULTY PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE AWARD and a staff member for the OUTSTANDING STAFF PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE AWARD. Please submit nominations to me no later than Friday, March 21st.

New Liaison relationship with Council for Center Directors and Council for Translational Science

Beth Brown Elizabeth E. Brown, PhD MPH, Chair of the Faculty Senate Research Committee and Associate Professor of Epidemiology in the School of Public Health, has taken on the role as the Faculty Senate Liaison to the Council of Center Directors and to the Council for Translational Science.

Kaiser studies obesity treatment response variability in humans

Kathryn Kaiser, PhD, instructor in the Office of Energetics—collaborating with Gary Gadbury, PhD, adjunct professor in the Department of Biostatistics, Section on Statistical Genetics—described and provided two illustrations of statistical methods to estimate upper and lower bounds of WL treatment response heterogeneity (TRH) in the absence of genotypic data, using published summary statistics from 66 recent weight-loss studies and a raw data set from one large study of 18 months duration.

White examines likelihood of voluntary sterilization according to race/ethnicity and insurance status

Studies have found that women in low-income and racial/ethnic minority groups are more likely to undergo female sterilization and less likely to rely on a male partner’s vasectomy to prevent pregnancy compared with white women and women in higher income groups. However, low-income and minority women often report difficulties obtaining female sterilization after their pregnancy.

Effects of 2011 Tornado Outbreak on Disaster Preparedness Studied by UAB

Dr. Lisa C. McCormick, assistant professor in the department of health care organization and policy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham –examined the effects of a tornado disaster on the personal preparedness of local residents to determine to what extent the tornado outbreak experience had altered preparedness awareness, willingness to act, and levels of personal preparedness of residents as measured by possession of a preparedness kit.

UAB Investigates Geographic and Racial Differences in REGARDS Study

Hypertension is a risk factor for end-stage renal disease (ESRD), few data are available for the association between treatment-resistant hypertension and ESRD risk. In a prospective cohort study, PhD student Ms. Rikki M. Tanner, and professor Dr. Paul Muntner, in the department of epidemiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham – analyzed data from 9,974 REGARDS (Reasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke) Study participants treated for hypertension without ESRD at baseline.

Alumni in the News: Texas A&M Researcher Highlights Impact of Secondary Tasks in Driving Performance

Over the last 30 years distracted driving has become a major source of concern for public officials and drivers alike. Whether it is cell phone usage and in-vehicle information systems or passengers, food, or cigarette usage, all non-driving activities have the potential to distract drivers from the task at hand. However, many argue that these ‘distractions’ don’t affect them or that some tasks actually improve their driving abilities. Today we have more researchers than ever who are working to settle that question once and for all.

LHC Health Policy Fellowship - application deadline

The Lister Hill Center for Health Policy is accepting applications for its Health Policy Fellowship Program.  The deadline for application is February 14, 2014.

Hendricks investigates expectancies for smoking cessation and motivation to quit smoking among drug-involved smokers

Drug-involved smokers may be less motivated to quit smoking because they expect smoking cessation to result in negative outcomes, such as increased drug use.


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