Autism Researcher to Spoke at UAB April 23,
One of the world's leading experts in autism research, Nancy Minshew, M.D., will
deliver the 2008
Glenwood Endowed Lecture at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The
free event is Wed. April 23, starting at 11:15 a.m. at the Alys Stephens Center,
1200 10th Ave. South. Held during Autism Awareness Month, the Glenwood Endowed
Lecture is hosted by UAB's School of Public Health. The lecture is part of a
daylong series of workshops focused on autism. Minshew's lecture "Identifying
the cognitive and neurological basis of autism: Single or primary defects?" will
focus on the science behind how the autistic brain categorizes objects and why
it sometimes fails to recognize faces. Other topics will include brain circuitry,
autism genes and language and problem-solving abilities. Click
here for the full story on the UAB News web site.
CNC Symposium Focused on Frontiers
Nobel Prize winner Dr. Eric Kandel of Columbia
University was one of six invited
speakers from around the nation asked to present at the symposium. Additionally
several presenters from various UAB programs gave "mini" presentations
a wide range of disciplines.
highlight recent advances in neuroscience research and to
focus attention on the profound questions facing neuroscience
investigators in the future, the UAB Comprehensive Neuroscience
Center held a 2-day symposium October 29 and 30, 2007 on "Neuroscience
Frontiers in the 21st Century." More than 300 students,
researchers, and faculty attended the event at the Alys Stephens
Center on the UAB Campus. The symposium featured presentations
by six invited internationally renowned neuroscientists covering
a broad spectrum of neuroscience related topics. Additionally,
presentations by various UAB investigators emphasized the
exciting and diverse neuroscience research activities on
campus. To learn more about the investigators and their science
please visit the UAB
CNC symposium web site.
Participates in Major New Rare Disease Study
Perhaps the largest rare disease study ever initiated
in the United States is set to begin at some 50 sites in the
U.S., United Kingdom, Japan, and Brazil. Alan
Percy, M.D., Associate Director of the UAB Civitan International
Research Center and UAB IDDRC PI, will coordinate efforts here
which began on May 1, 2006. For the full text of the release
from NIH which includes links to current cities with rare disease
studies please click here.
Creates Comprehensive Neuroscience Center
A Comprehensive Neuroscience Center (CNC) will lay the foundation for developing
a world-class program in interdisciplinary neuroscience research, clinical
care and education at UAB. “Neuroscience represents one of the most important
areas of modern biomedical research,” said Robert R. Rich, M.D., senior
vice president and dean of the UAB School of Medicine. “Despite significant
advances in understanding many basic neurological processes in the past 15
years, development of more effective treatments for neurologic and psychiatric
diseases is a large and growing unmet medical need in this country.” Click
here for the full article on the UAB News web site.
Core Day May 16, 2007
A major Open-House event provided researchers an opportunity
to tour key UAB neuroscience centers and facilities
on May 16. The event included presentations
and provided detailed information about available resources. Opening session
of the the event began with a series of presentations and Q&A about various
core facilities featuring key researchers from every facility. Opening remarks
were provided by Dr. Kevin Roth, PI of the Alabama Neuroscience Blueprint Core
Center, shown at the podium.
Please click here for a PDF with schedule
and detailed overview of the event.
Evelyn F. Mcknight Brain Institute Dedicated on April 24,
The Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute at UAB was formally dedicated at ceremonies
in the Richard C. and Annette N. Shelby Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research
Building April 24. Focusing on age-related memory loss, the institute was established
with an initial $5 million gift from the Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Research Foundation,
of Orlando, FL, followed last November by an additional $1 million. Click
here for the full news release and more information about the research program.
of the University of North Carolina Neurodevelopmental
Disorders Research Center is 2006 Simpson Ramsey Lecturer
Featured Speaker Joe Piven, M.D., Director of the University of North Carolina
Neurodevelopmental Disorders Research Center, addresses students, faculty and
members of the public during the 2006 Simpson Ramsey Lectureship. The topic of
his presentation was "Towards
Defining the Autism Phenotype.” A
question an answer session followed the lecture which reviewed some of the latest
scientific data in the field. Additionally a former trainee of the Civitan International
Research Center and Civitan-Sparks Clinics, Tammy Barry, Ph.D., was honored as
the 2006 Outstanding Former Trainee in
developmental disabilities education. Dr. Barry is an Assistant Professor in
the Department of Clinical Psychology at the University of Southern Mississippi.
Foundation of Birmingham, Alabama was honored for outstanding Community Service
disabilities. The Lakeshore Foundation is internationally
respected in the field of rehabilitation medicine and provides a wide range of
world class resources to all members of the community.
CIRC Partnered with PICK for National Conference in 2005
Partners with Parents of Infants and Children with Kernicterus
This PDF file was prepared for publication in Civitan Magazine.
It provides an excellent overview of how the Center partners
with organizations in the community.
and Investigator Related News
for UAB IDDRC Investigator News Stories
Numerous current and
past articles about UAB IDDRC investigators are available
through the official UAB news web site. A simple search
on that site of an investigator's last name usually yields
an abundant range of news articles and links. We include
a link to the UAB Headline news site here and
on our investigator's
page where it is an easy operation to cut and paste
names into the search site. An additional IDDRC
search page defaults to UAB domain searches and is a convenient
tool to use.
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