The Civitan International Research Center is involved in many activities each year. Video and audio recordings are used to not only document events at the Center but to report our activities each year in an annual video report card.
We also have had the opportunity to interview our clinicians, Civitan Investigators and families who have been impacted by our clinical programs. These recordings are an opportunity for you to get to know some of our investigators, faculty and staff and hear stories about individuals and families who have benefited from the clinical research and services provided at the Civitan International Research Center.
The videos are best viewed using the RealPlayer software. To download this free sofware program click here.
Annual Video Report Card:
2011 Video Report Card
2010 Video Report Card
2009 Video Report Card
2008 Video Report Card
2007 Video Report Card
2006 Video Report Card
Gliomas and Scorpion Toxin
CIRC Director, Dr. Harald Sontheimer discusses his groundbreaking work on the treatment of gliomas, an aggressive form of brain cancer, with a form of scorpion toxin. To view this video click here. Or visit the Center for Glial Biology in Medicine. For another video on scorpion toxin click here.
Focus on fMRI-based Autism Research with Dr. Rajesh Kana
Rajesh Kana, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, UAB Department of Psychology, recently joined the team of researchers utilizing the new head-only fMRI system at the UAB Civitan International Research Center's Functional Neuroimaging Laboratory. Dr. Kana's lab focuses on the study of brain function and brain structure of people with autism. Dr. Kana describes components of his research and how this effort may be translated into future therapies and treatments. Click here for video. Click here to visit Dr. Kana's lab.
Tour of the UAB Functional Neuroimaging Lab at the UAB CIRC
Shastry Akella, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering, is Director of the UAB Functional Neuroimaging Laboratory. In this video he provides a tour and overview of some the primary activities of one of the few head-only Functional Magnetic Imaging facilities in the world devoted strictly to research. This new facility at the UAB Civitan International Research Center is a key component in a wide range of research projects looking at the brain's mysteries and numerous disorders such as autism spectrum disorder and post traumatic stress syndrome, as well as numerous other disorders and diseases of the brain. Click here for video. Fast motion video of building Functional Neuroimaging Lab. Click here.
Scott Wilson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, UAB Department of Neurobiology, provides a brief overview of his research related to human movement disorders such as ataxia. Dr. Wilson Video
For more information about Dr. Wilson please review the following links: CIRC News and Dr. Wilson's website
Lucas Pozzo-Miller, Ph.D, Associate Professor in the UAB Department of Neurobiology and McNulty Civitan Scientist (2005), discusses innovative research in his lab aimed at developing possible gene therapy for Rett syndrome and other forms of mental retardation. Dr. Pozzo-Miller Video
Dr. Pozzo-Miller and his lab have focused on the properties of BDNF (brain derived neurotrophic factor) and how it may influence the development of dendritic spines and communication between nerve cells. Dr. Pozzo-Miller website
Dr. Candace Floyd
Dr. Jayne Ness
Dr. Brian Sims
For more video on research projects at the CIRC mental retardation research center, click here.
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ADHD Summer Treatment Program
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Newborn Jaundice and Kernicterus
Parent Interview. For more information about kernicterus visit Parents of Infants and Children with Kernicterus (PICK)
Focus on Speech Language Services and Early Intervention
Angela is the mom of a 2.5-year-old who was faced with a learning delay. With the assistance of the therapy team from UAB Civitan-Sparks Clinics she has overcome obstacles that were challenging her daughter's learning experiences and negatively affecting her family. Click here for video.
Focus on Acquire-c Therapy, a Revolutionary Approach to Pediatric Constraint Therapy for Neuromotor Disorders
Two parents who were discouraged by the prognosis their child had received in their home community in Michigan brought their child to UAB's Civitan-Sparks Clinics for Acquire-c Therapy. They were so pleased with the results that they returned the following year for more therapy. Click here for video.