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Drs. Dorothy Pekmezi and Gareth Dutton win Charles Barkley-sponsored award

September, 2011

UAB Nutrition Obesity Research Center members Dori Pekmezi, Ph.D., and Gareth Dutton, Ph.D., have been awarded a 2011 Charles Barkley Health Disparities Research Awards from the UAB Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center.

Gareth Dutton, Ph.D.
Dori Pekmezi, Ph.D.

Dr. Pekmezi, assistant professor in the UAB School of Public Health, Department of Health Behavior, won for her project “Feasibility / Acceptability of Using Interactive Internet Technology to Promote Physical Activity in Latinas.”

Dr. Dutton, associate professor in the UAB School of MedicineDivision of Preventive Medicine, project is “An Obesity-Prevention Program for African-American Female High-School Students.”

Research awards provide $30,000 each toward their pilot research projects focused on health disparities in minority populations.

The award will be formally presented on Oct. 6, 2011, at An Evening of Special Tribute, chaired by Charles Barkley and Ray Watts, M.D., dean of the UAB School of Medicine.

The Charles Barkley Health Disparities Fund was established with the UAB Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center (MHRC) in 2003.  Its’ goal is to administer competitively awarded financial support to UAB faculty and other community associates who focus on outreach, educational, and investigative programs related to diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, stroke, and cancer.

Mr. Barkley, a Leeds native and former Auburn University and NBA basketball player, established the fund after speaking at the initial MHRC Conference in April 2003.

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Gareth Dutton, Ph.D.
Gareth Dutton, Ph.D.