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Dr. Locher awarded GSA Fellow status

June 17, 2013.  The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) Council recently awarded Fellow status by unanimous vote to Julie L. Locher, PhD, through the Behavioral and Social Sciences Section. Dr. Locher is Associate Director for Enrichment at UAB’s Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC); Director of the Translational Nutrition and Aging Research Program at the Comprehensive Center for Healthy Aging; and Associate Professor of Medicine and Public Health in the Division of Gerontology, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care.

Study shows U.S. adults have not improved with cholesterol

muntner_cholesterol_sIn new findings recently published online in the American Journal of Cardiology, University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) experts found that 81 million adults in the United States have high cholesterol; however, only 61 percent were aware of their diagnosis.

Charity Morgan, Wins Young Investigator Award

Dr. Charity Morgan, assistant professor in the department of Biostatistics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Public Health, recently won a Young Investigator Award to attend the 14th International Congress on Schizophrenia Research held April 21-25, 2013, in Orlando, Florida.

2013 Distinguished Faculty Lecturer Award Nominations

2013 Distinguished Faculty Lecturer Award

To be eligible for this prestigious annual award, an individual must be a full-time, part-time, or emeritus member with a primary or secondary appointment of the faculty of the Academic Health Center, or a University Professor who has:

* Advanced the frontiers of science or otherwise made a significant contribution to the health of people, or

* Made an outstanding contribution to the Academic Health Center through education, research, or public service.

Abnormal heartbeat condition linked to cognitive decline

An abnormal heartbeat, known as atrial fibrillation, is associated with faster cognitive decline, according to new research from a University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Public Health scientist.

Faculty and students have a chance to work with others around the world

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.

American Heart Association president tells stroke story

When Donna Arnett, the current president of the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association, was just 27 years old, she suffered a stroke.

"I got up in the morning and went to let my dog out, and when I called him back in, the words came out babbly. My speech was strange. I felt fuzzy. I got ready and drove myself to work, and the symptoms kept piling up," says Arnett, now 54.

EHS student receives 3M scholarship

Megan Moore, a graduate student in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences, is one of four students selected for the 3M Personal Safety Division (PSD) 27th Annual Occupational Health and Safety Scholarship program. With this program, 3M’s PSD awards each winner a $5,000 scholarship and attendance to the 2013 American Industrial Hygiene conference & exposition (AIHce) in Montreal, Quebec.

NBC Reports: No interest in the gym? It may be genetic - Tiger Study offering fall courses

The Training Interventions and Genetics of Exercise Response (TIGER) study, led by UAB geneticist Molly Bray, Ph.D., with support from the School of Public Health and School of Medicine, features two classes to be offered this fall: PE 133 and HE 222.

Global Perspective, Global Reach - Online Global Health Certificate Appeals to Professionals, Students

From an apartment in central Asia, Birmingham ophthalmologist C. James McCollum, M.D., dialed home for assistance. “I was working in the area of childhood blindness,” says McCollum, a 1988 graduate of the UAB School of Medicine and current director of the emergency department at UAB’s Callahan Eye Hospital.

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