- Last Updated on June 05, 2013
Spring Immunology Symposium
In collaboration with the School of Medicine’s Immunology, Autoimmunity and Transplantation Strategic Planning Initiative, the Comprehensive Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Autoimmunity Center was pleased to co-sponsor the Spring Immunology Symposium at the University of Alabama at Birmingham from June 9-10, 2012. The meeting featured an international panel of expertise, with special emphasis on the Southeast US, to explore the newest developments in fundamental, translational and clinical immunology. Details are available at the meeting website.
Established in 1977, the UAB Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases Center was one of the first arthritis research centers in the nation supported by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS). The Center has been federally funded since its establishment year and is now the only center in the nation focusing on adult arthritis, autoimmune and rheumatic diseases and supported by both P30 and P60 awards from NIAMS. With the inception of the UWIRC program and its philosophy of interdisciplinary research and facilitated by the recruitment of the current Center Director to UAB in 1997, the Center undertook strategic initiatives to develop programs in translational human genetics, in outcomes and population-based research, and in prevention of musculoskeletal injury to complement its more established strengths in immunology and autoimmunity. These initiatives have involved multiple schools at UAB (SOPH, SHP, SOO, SOE, SON, SOD, SOM) and institutions across the country (OMRF, Wake Forest, Johns Hopkins, Northwestern, Emory, MUSC and others) as the Center has developed multiple collaborative programs and shared facilities. These initiatives also reached out to a broad funding base of interdisciplinary, multi-investigator awards from both the federal (NIAMS, NIAID, CDCP, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)) and non-federal sources (Lupus Research Institute, Alliance for Lupus Research, Arthritis Foundation).