The UAB Comprehensive Diabetes Center (UCDC) was approved by the Board of Trustees of the University of Alabama and is the result of a collaborative effort between UAB, Children’s Hospital and members of the Birmingham Community. It was established as a university-wide interdisciplinary research center in 2008 with a mission to perform cutting-edge research, train future clinicians and researchers, and develop novel treatment approaches.
The UCDC is a University-Wide Interdisciplinary Research Center comprised of approximately 200 faculty members from 10 different schools and departments. As such, it also serves as the umbrella for various research programs and awards. Most notably it is home to the Diabetes Research Center (DRC) and its core facilities, one of few awards funded nationwide by the National Institutes of Health.
Ongoing projects in the UCDC span clinical, translational and basic research and encompass autoimmune type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, diabetes complications, beta cell biology, oxidative stress, signaling and metabolism as well as diabetes risk factors, epidemiology, community outreach, intervention studies and drug discovery. UCDC faculty research projects are supported by funding from the National Institutes of Health, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, Veterans Affairs and the Centers for Disease Control.
The UAB Comprehensive Diabetes Center also offers educational services with diabetes related conferences, seminars and training opportunities for scientists, clinicians and the public. Clinical services provide a number of state-of-the-art diabetes specialty clinics including a Multidisciplinary Comprehensive Diabetes Clinic to meet the needs of patients with diabetes and of the community at large.
UAB Comprehensive Diabetes Center Vision Statement
UAB envisions a Comprehensive Diabetes Center which serves as one of the nation’s foremost contributors to cutting-edge diabetes research, comprehensive education and training, and provides state-of-the-art clinical care to our patient population. To achieve these goals all members of the Comprehensive Diabetes Center contribute their ingenuity, talent and expertise and work collaboratively together making the UCDC a nationally recognized entity in the quest for a diabetes cure.
Director: Anath Shalev, MD
Center Administrator: Meredith Preuss, PhD