NIH selected UAB as one of the pilot centers for Precision Disease Modeling

The University of Alabama at Birmingham is funded by NIH to create a new Center for Precision Animal Modeling (C-PAM). UAB C-PAM is one of only three centers in the country and is funded by a five-year, $9.3M grant from NIH.

The Center will consist of five components: Coordinating Component; Pre/Co-Clinical Component; Bioinformatics Component; Disease Modeling Unit; Resource and Services Component. Dr. Matt Might and Dr. Brad Yoder are the main PIs for this grant and Liz Worthey is PI for the Bioinformatics component.

More details on the UAB News page.

Team RICO (Risk of COVID-19), mentored by Dr. Liz Worthey, won 3rd place in UAB COVID Hackathon

Third prize went to the RICO (RIsk of COvid) team, which adapted credit scorecard models used in the financial industry to create a functioning web app that advises users whether or not they should be tested for COVID-19 based on their symptoms. (Watch the RICO team’s presentation.) Team members were: Tarun Mamidi, doctoral trainee in Genetics, Genomics and Bioinformatics; Thi Tran-Nguyen, Ph.D., committee chair and data scientist for UAB’s U-BRITE/COVID-19 Knowledge Curation Taskforce and a graduate of the doctoral program in immunology; Ryan Melvin, Ph.D., assistant professor of anesthesiology and perioperative medicine; and mentor Elizabeth Worthey, Ph.D., associate professor of pediatric hematology and oncology.

Animation from the RICO team depicting part of their functioning web app for alerting members of the public if they should seek a COVID-19 test. Watch the full presentation here.

More about this news to be found in “The Reporter|UAB”

Elizabeth A. Worthey, Ph.D., was appointed the inaugural holder of the Endowed Professorship in Pediatrics in the Department of Pediatrics

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The University of Alabama System Board of Trustees appointed Mona Fouad, M.D., the inaugural holder of the Edward E. Partridge, M.D., Endowed Chair for Cancer Disparity Research during its June 4 meeting. Matthew Macaluso, D.O., was appointed the first holder of the Bee McWane Reid Endowed Chair in Psychiatry and Neurobiology in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurobiology.

Elizabeth A. Worthey, Ph.D., was appointed the inaugural holder of the Endowed Professorship in Pediatrics in the Department of Pediatrics, and Charles Blakely Simpson, M.D., was appointed the first holder of the Abroms Endowed Professorship in the Department of Otolaryngology.

More details to be found here.

Worthey appointed to pediatric and pathology director positions

Elizabeth Worthey, Ph.D., has joined the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Department of Pediatrics as the director for the Center for Genomic Data Sciences. Additionally, she will serve in the Department of Pathology as the director of the Bioinformatics Section in the Division of Genomics Diagnostics and Bioinformatics. She is also the new associate director for the Hugh Kaul Precision Medicine Institute.

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