Over a decade ago, Birmingham businessmen David Silverstein and Benny LaRussa Jr. rallied the community to join forces with UAB to establish the UAB Comprehensive Diabetes Center (UCDC). The center’s mission is to perform cutting-edge research, train future clinicians and researchers, and develop novel treatments approaches. UCDC researchers, led by center director Anath Shalev, M.D., are making impressive strides toward identifying new and better ways to treat diabetes.

diabetes givingL to R: Emmett McLean, David Silverstein, Sarah Silverstein and Edward Aldag Jr.As the UCDC embarks on its next stage of growth, we are launching an ambitious fundraising campaign to accelerate and expand discovery and innovation efforts. Medical Properties Trust recently donated $2.5 million to bolster the cutting-edge efforts of the research entity. In turn, LaRussa and Silverstein are leading efforts to raise an additional $2.5 million in private donations to match the Medical Properties Trust gift. UAB also has agreed to match this gift with an additional $2.5 million in institutional resources to support what is an overall $7.5 million initiative.

“We are in the health care business, and diabetes is one of the worst and most prevalent diseases in this country. We heard what Dr. Shalev’s team had going on, and it was an easy decision to give this gift.”
—Edward Aldag Jr., co-founder, CEO, and president of Medical Properties Trust

This fundraising initiative supports two key efforts: recruiting new faculty to enhance the center’s robust interdisciplinary research and finding new, noninvasive tools and methods to measure a patient’s functional beta cell mass—an indicator of disease stage and progression as well as of therapeutic success.

“Our goal is to make life better for people with diabetes. Diabetes can lead to devastating complications and dramatically affect quality of life, forcing patients to think about it every day of their lives. We will think about it every day, too, until we have found a curative treatment for diabetes.”
—Anath Shalev, M.D., Director, UAB Comprehensive Diabetes Center

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