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					Mindy Keyes Black
Communications Coordinator
UAB Minority Health & Health Disparities Research Center
Division of Preventive Medicine--School of Medicine
University of Alabama at Birmingham
1717 Eleventh Avenue South, MT 512
Birmingham, Alabama 35205-4410
205.934.6978
mkblack@uab.edu
www.UABMHRC.com

Release date: September 10, 2010

Four UAB Faculty Receive 2010 Barkley Awards to Seek Answers and Solutions to
Minority Health Disparities

Birmingham, Ala.—Four University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) faculty members have been
chosen to receive 2010 Charles Barkley Health Disparities Research Awards from the UAB
Minority Health & Health Disparities Research Center (MHRC) to enable them to launch pilot
studies seeking to improve minority health across the Deep South and United States.

The $30,000 awards will be presented at the MHRC’s sixth annual black-tie event, “Center Court
with Sir Charles,” on Friday, September 24, 2010, to be held at the UAB Campus Recreation
Center as a tribute to former NBA star Charles Barkley, whose generosity to the Center sparked
the creation of the Charles Barkley Health Disparities Fund in 2004. The fund provides financial
support to faculty from UAB, the Morehouse School of Medicine, Tuskegee University, and
University of Alabama to conduct research focused on the health disparities of minority
populations. Pilot projects in the areas of basic science, clinical science, epidemiology, outcomes
and health services, social and behavioral sciences, or community-based research are eligible to
compete for the awards.

2010 Charles Barkley Health Disparities Research Awards
The 2010 awards include one to a minority investigator for health disparities research and three
for health disparities research in the African American population. Recipients are:

Health disparities research by a minority investigator
    Leona Council, MD, Instructor in the UAB Department of Pathology, for her project,
        “Molecular Basis for Chronic Hepatitis C–related Liver Disease and Hepatocellular
        Carcinoma in African Americans.” The award is matched by the UAB Center for Clinical
        and Translational Science for a total of $60,000 in pilot funding.
Health disparities research in the African American population
    Ambika Ashraf, MD, Assistant Professor in the UAB School of Medicine, for her project,
        “Influence of Serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D on Glycemic Control in Children with Type 2
        Diabetes”
    Comfort Enah, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor in the UAB School of Nursing, for her
        project, “Developing and Evaluating an Electronic HIV Game for HIV Prevention with
        African American Rural Adolescents”
       Sonya Heath, MD, Assistant Professor in the UAB School of Medicine, for her project,
        “Acute HIV Infection: A Missed Diagnostic Opportunity Driving the HIV Epidemic”

“The mission of the MHRC is to improve health outcomes in our region through research, training,
and outreach,” says MHRC Director Mona Fouad, MD, MPH. “This is a big goal—and the Barkley
Awards make a big impact. They allow us to invest in innovative health disparities research,
enable a new generation of researchers to enter the field, and help these promising young
investigators to secure further funding to continue their important work.” The 17 prior recipients
of the award have collectively received nearly $4 million in extramural funding to expand their
research projects, she says.

2010 Charles Barkley Excellence in Mentoring Awards
The MHRC will also honor faculty recipients of the 2010 Charles Barkley Excellence in Mentoring
Award at the Center Court event. The $500 award recognizes faculty members who have
provided outstanding mentoring and contributed substantially to the career development and
retention of students and scholars. Mentors from UAB, the Morehouse School of Medicine,
Tuskegee University, and University of Alabama are eligible. Nominated by their mentees,
the 2010 winners are:

Excellence in mentoring junior faculty
    Linda Moneyham, DNS, RN, FAAN, Professor and Rachel Z. Booth Endowed Chair
        in the UAB School of Nursing, nominated by mentees Comfort Enah, PhD, RN, and
        C. Ann Gakumo, PhD, RN
Excellence in mentoring graduate students
    Felix Aikhionbare, PhD, Assistant Professor at the Morehouse School of Medicine,
        nominated by mentee Gregory Adams, Jr.
Excellence in mentoring undergraduate students
    Nefertiti Durant, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor in the UAB Department of Pediatrics,
        nominated by mentee Chelsea Marion

Tickets to “Center Court with Sir Charles” are $200 each and are available by visiting
www.uab.edu/centercourt or by calling (205) 975-5659.

About the UAB Minority Health & Health Disparities Research Center (MHRC)

The UAB Minority Health & Health Disparities Research Center (MHRC) is a comprehensive
educational, research, and community-outreach center focused on eliminating health disparities
among racial/ethnic minorities and underserved populations locally, regionally, and nationally.

The UAB MHRC is an NCMHD/NIH-designated Center of Excellence in Health Disparities
Research. For more information, visit www.UABMHRC.com.

				
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