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Gibbs selected to attend NIA Butler-Williams Scholars Program

June 17, 2014

Suzanne  Oparil, MD

Katie Gibbs, Ph.D., postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Nutrition Sciences, was recently selected to participate in the National Institute on Aging (NIA) Butler-Williams (B-W) Scholars Program, to be held August 4-8, 2014, on the National Institutes of Health Campus in Bethesda, Maryland. The opportunity to attend the B-W Scholars Program is highly competitive, and Dr. Gibbs is one of only 50 participants selected from among a group of outstanding applicants.

The five-day B-W Scholars Program will explore research design relative to aging, including issues relevant to racial/ethnic minorities and health disparities. Dr. Gibbs and other attendees will have access to lectures covering the biology of aging and genetics and Alzheimer’s disease, as well as health, behavior, and aging; discussion sessions focusing on methodological approaches and interventions; consultation on the development of research interests; and advice on preparing and submitting research grant applications to the NIA.

Dr. Gibbs’s participation in the B-W Scholars Program will enhance her knowledge in the field of aging research and set the foundation for her postdoctoral work at UAB. Dr. Gibbs plans to study how environmental stressors and the management of stress can affect behavior, energetics, body composition, aging, and potentially lifespan. She has been previously honored with the Samuel B Barker Award for Excellence in Graduate Studies, Doctoral Level (2011); the UAB College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Award, Graduate Level (2011); the United States Aquaculture Society Best Abstract/Travel Award and Student Spotlight Award, 1st place (2011); and the Evelyn M. and Harold C. Martin Endowed Support Fund in Biology (2010).