Training and Enrichment Activities
Graduate and Postdoctoral Training Opportunities at UAB
Doctoral and fellowship trainees come to Birmingham from throughout the national and international scientific community, and participate in a research environment that emphasizes dedicated mentorship, rigorous training, and interdisciplinary innovation. In 2012, UAB ranked among the top 25 academic institutions in the US with regard to postdoctoral work environment (The Scientist annual survey). A full curriculum in Graduate Biomedical Sciences (www.uab.edu/gbs) and thematic areas (Biochemical and Structural Biology, Cell, Molecular Developmental Biology, Genetics and Genomic Sciences, Immunology, Microbiology, Pathology, and Molecular Medicine) are available to graduate students and research fellows on our campus. Special emphasis has been placed on programs concerning patient-oriented research (including translational science rotations offered through the UAB CTSA), bioinformatics, integration of basic science with human disease, and didactic training in the ethical conduct of scientific investigation. Dr. Richard Marchase (a cell biologist who pursued studies of CFTR for many years) serves as Vice President for Research and Economic Development at UAB. In that capacity, he oversees all research training activities. In the past two years, UAB has received 57 institutional training grants and fellowships from NIH totaling over $12 million. UAB was also awarded one of 23 Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Med-to-Grad mentoring programs nationwide. External grants for junior investigators have grown as well (e.g., UAB has 45 active K awards from NIH).
Cystic Fibrosis Seminar Series
Within the seminar series, respected scientists visit the UAB campus to present basic research relevant to CF (e.g., crossing the disciplines of cell biology, pathogenesis, and clinical translation).
Cystic Fibrosis Workshop Series
Doris F. Tulcin Award for Excellence in Cystic Fibrosis Research
In recognition of Doris Tulcin's leadership and outstanding contributions to CF research throughout the country, the Board of Trustees of the University of Alabama established the Doris F. Tulcin Research Award. The Award is presented to scientists who have made significant contributions to CF research. Selection is made at the discretion of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in Bethesda, but funded entirely through an endowment established at UAB. As part of the Tulcin Award ceremony, a dinner is held in the recipient's honor and a symposium presentation made by the awardee the following morning (typical attendance, several hundred scientists and clinicians).