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MCI, Auburn Collaborate in Cancer Fight

With testing set to begin “any day” on a potential preventive drug targeting ovarian cancer, the project’s lead researcher said perseverance and timing helped forge a “perfect partnership” that could foster future collaborations – and hopefully breakthroughs. “Our collaboration with Auburn University has been critical in helping this all fall into place, and I really think ...

Biotech 201 registration opens Wednesday, January 10

Mark your calendar and save your seat early! Biotech 201 registration opens Wednesday, January 10 at 9 am. The Biotech 201 series is a follow-on course for those who have completed Biotech 101. The course is offered each February as four weekly sessions led by Dr. Neil Lamb. Each year’s Biotech 201 explores topics in genetics ...
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A cluster of mutations in neurofibromatosis is an important risk factor for severe symptoms

Research led by Ludwine Messiaen, Ph.D., professor of genetics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, shows that missense mutations in a cluster of just five codons in the NF1 gene are an important risk factor for severe symptoms of the genetic disorder neurofibromatosis type 1. Such information is vital to help guide clinical management and genetic counseling in ...

Biotech’s sweet home: Alabama?

  An established biotech ecosystem Alabama is the 24th largest state in the U.S., home to just under five million people. Rather than having one dominant center, the population of its four largest cities ranges from 180,000 to 212,000 people. Two of those cities, Birmingham and Huntsville, are considered the main biotech and life science hubs. According to ...
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EVONIK MARKS 40 YEARS OF PRODUCTION AT ITS MOBILE, ALABAMA SITE

Evonik Corporation celebrated 40 years of production at its Mobile, Alabama, site with four $10,000 donations to local organizations focused on science, education, workforce training and healthcare. The Mobile specialty chemical manufacturing site is Evonik’s largest in North America with more than 800 employees and an additional 400 contractors, making it one of the largest ...
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HudsonAlpha to host 10X Genomics scientist for seminar

Please join us for a HudsonAlpha Research Seminar at noon on Wednesday, December 13, in the HudsonAlpha auditorium. Deanna Church, PhD, will present a seminar titled “High Resolution Biology with 10x.” Dr. Church is the senior director of applications at 10x Genomics. In this role, she leads a diverse group of scientists who are developing approaches for improved genome analysis, ...
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UAB awarded $250,000 grant to uncover root causes of lupus

The Lupus Research Alliance recently awarded the University of Alabama at Birmingham a one-year grant of $250,000 to investigate a new explanation for how lupus develops and the reason some people, particularly blacks, are at greater risk for flare-ups and kidney disease. The work will be reviewed for additional funding pending progress at the end of the ...

Honors Student Wins Top Poster Award

Monica Sai Pasala won the best poster award at the recent National Collegiate Honors Council conference in Atlanta. Pasala is a junior biomedical sciences major from Birmingham who is also in USA’s Honors College. “It was a humbling and unique experience to present my poster at the conference,” Pasala said. “I also enjoyed interacting and receiving feedback from students ...
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Fall issue of “Perpetua” showcases undergraduate research at UAH

The fall issue of "Perpetua: The UAH Journal of Undergraduate Research" is currently available online. "This issue features a diverse collection of contributions from fields including business, nursing, chemistry, biology, computer science, and sociology," says Emily Hartsell, a junior biological sciences major who serves as the publication’s assistant editor-in-chief. "We would like to extend our warmest thanks to ...
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Experimental therapies for an unknown disease relieve a woman’s five-month suffocating odyssey

It all began with the simple task of burning leaves. Maybe there was some poison ivy among the leaves. Maybe not. Donna Lisenbee doesn’t really know. Neither do the physicians at the University of Alabama at Birmingham who saved her life. They know she had severe lung damage. They know she had something called diffuse alveolar hemorrhage and ...
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