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The UAB Center for Exercise Medicine is focused on improving the health and well-being of children and adults of all ages through interdisciplinary research, the training of future leaders in science and healthcare, and community education based on clinical research findings. The UCEM interdisciplinary team brings together more than 175 investigators, 32 departments, and 10 schools for a multi-disciplinary approach. UAB is among the first of major academic medical centers to establish such a center. Among its activities, the Center sponsors an annual symposium.  

UAB REACT aims to catalyze high-impact clinical trial in medical rehabilitation

REACT group 4aMembers of the REACT Center Executive Leadership teamThe University of Alabama at Birmingham has added a unique new center designed to serve as a national resource for medical rehabilitation researchers. The REACT Center — Rehabilitation Research Resource to Enhance Clinical Trials — offers training, consultation, funding and additional tools to catalyze high-impact interdisciplinary clinical trials. The center is one of six funded nationwide by the National Institutes of Health’s P2C grant program. REACT will also serve as the nation’s first coordinating center for the six centers, sponsored primarily by the NIH National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research.

The $5.7 million, five-year REACT award commenced in October 2015, with the coordinating center, or MR3 Network — National Medical Rehabilitation Research Resource Network — launched in February 2016. Principle investigator Marcas Bamman, Ph.D., serves as director of REACT, as well as the MR3 Network Coordinating Center.

“Research in medical rehabilitation is poised for substantial innovation and progress as biology, biosensors, and other devices and treatments become increasingly advanced,” said Bamman, professor in the UAB Department of Cell, Developmental and Integrative Biology with secondary appointments in the Departments of Medicine and Neurology in the UAB School of Medicine. Bamman is also director of the UAB Center for Exercise Medicine, and founder of the National Exercise Clinical Trials Network (NExTNet).

“We are very pleased to establish this center — the first of its kind in the region — here at UAB, to provide the needed resources and training to investigators pursuing rigorous, single-site and multisite clinical trials in medical rehabilitation,” Bamman said. “Taking a scientific idea from concept to trial is an interdisciplinary effort, facilitated by pooling resources and expertise. We have therefore established a strong, interdisciplinary team of REACT scientists and leaders across the UAB schools of Medicine, Public Health, and Health Professions.”  Read more


UCEM Sponsors Girls on the Run

Girls on the Run
May 7, 2016
Marconi Park
9:00 am

UAB Center for Exercise Medicine is a proud sponsor of the Girls on the Run program at Glen Iris Elementary School in the Birmingham City Schools system.

Girls on the Run is a powerful and highly successful character development program offered after school with lessons that encourage positive emotional, social, mental, and physical development. Physical activity is woven into the program to inspire an appreciation of fitness and to build habits that lead to a lifetime of health. The 10-week course concludes with a celebratory 5K run at 9:00 am on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at Marconi Park. For more information click here or visit www.GirlsontheRunBham.org