In response to the tremendous growth in Neuroscience Research over the past two decades the UAB Center for Glial Biology in Medicine (CGBM) was established in 2006 by the University of Alabama Board of Trustees. The creation of this Center establishes UAB as a leader in the field of Neuroscience – crossing the boundaries of clinical Neurology/Surgery/Rehabilitation Medicine and Basic Sciences. The overall mission of the UAB Center for Glial Biology in Medicine is to provide a comprehensive University-wide program to support basic and clinical research on the biology of glial cells. Specifically, the Center for Glial Biology in Medicine aims to: 1) facilitate interactions between scientists at UAB interested in clinical or basic science relevant to glial biology and nervous system diseases; 2) train students, post-doctoral fellows, and faculty and 3) recruit new faculty to UAB with interest in glial biology and nervous system diseases.
The UAB Center for Glial Biology in Medicine is dedicated to:
· Supporting the research enterprise by serving as a coordination center for initiatives related to Glial Biology as they pertain
to neurological diseases & acute brain or spinal cord injuries.
· Advancing knowledge of the interaction of glial cells with other nervous system cells through innovation and research.
· Serving as a liaison to the scientific communities at other institutions within the United States, in general, and
the Southeast Region in particular.
· Recruiting scientists and clinicians who will enhance the research effort in Glial Biology as it pertains to Disease and Injury.
· Training researchers for a career in this emerging field of medical and scientific inquiry.
· Providing a forum for education and dissemination of knowledge by hosting regional, national and international
conferences on Glial Biology and its application to Health and Medicine
Our 60+ associated faculty bridge a range of 18 basic science and clinical departments at UAB including Neurobiology, Cell Biology, Genetics, Physiology/Biophysics, Psychiatry/Behavioral Neurobiology, Neurology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Psychology, Pediatrics, Immunology/Rheumatology, Surgery/Neurosurgery, Microbiology, Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, Pathology, Comparative Medicine, Vision Sciences and Biomedical Engineering.