Updated as of 01/29/2016

University-wide Interdisciplinary Research Centers




School/Department Based Centers


Advanced Surgical Aesthetics, Center for

Purpose: To serve as a multidisciplinary center of excellence in the field of aesthetic surgery.
Director: Jorge de la Torre, M.D.

Alzheimer’s Disease Center

Purpose: To alleviate the morbidity and mortality associated with Alzheimer's Disease (AD) and related disorders and improving the quality of life for sufferers of AD and related disorders, and their families.
Director: Daniel C. Marson, Ph.D.

Brain Institute, Evelyn F. McKnight

Purpose: To advance the understanding of the biological basis of the effects of the normal aging process on the human brain's capacity for learning and memory through fundamental research.
Director: J. David Sweatt, Ph.D.

Cleft and Craniofacial Center, UAB

Purpose: To deliver the highest quality treatment for patients with facial differences.
Director: John H. Grant, III, M.D.

Community OutReach Development, The Center for

Purpose: To advance the outreach efforts of UAB in the Birmingham community.
Director: J. Michael Wyss, Ph.D.

Comprehensive Cardiovascular Center at UAB

Purpose: To improve outcomes for patients through excellence in clinical care and advances in the science of cardiovascular disease through interdisciplinary collaboration.
Director: Sumanth D. Prabhu, M.D.; Co-Director: James K. Kirklin, M.D.

Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center

Purpose: To develop new strategies to treat and cure sickle cell disease.
Co-Directors: Josef T. Prchal, M.D., Tim M. Townes, Ph.D.

Comprehensive Stroke Research Center

Purpose: To provide comprehensive clinical care through prevention, evaluation, diagnosis, management, and rehabilitation of stroke victims.
Director: David Standaert, M.D.

Comprehensive Transplant Institute

Purpose: To improve outcomes for patients through excellence in clinical care and advances in the science of transplantation.
Director: Devin E. Eckoff, M.D.

Computational and Structural Biology, Center for

Purpose: To support the more efficient and effective use of institutional resources by providing an infrastructure that will enhance interdisciplinary research through communication, coordination of research initiatives and sharing of resources.
Director: Jere P. Segrest, M.D.

Deep South Center for Occupational Health and Safety

Purpose: To develop professionals who protect and promote the health and safety of workers through interdisciplinary education, research, and outreach.
Director: Kent Oestenstad, Ph.D.

Diabetes Research Center

Purpose: To promote excellence in diabetes research in order to decrease morbidity and mortality and increase the quality of life of diabetes patients.
Director: W. Timothy Garvey, M.D.

Educational Accountability, Center for

Purpose: To promote the improvement of educational outcomes of students, schools, and agencies through responsive and valid data-based decisions focused on reform.
Director: Scott W. Snyder, Ph.D.

Emerging Drug Discovery, UAB Center for

Purpose: To provide a UAB campus-based center for drug development.
Director: Richard Whitley, M.D.

Epilepsy Center, UAB

Purpose: To promote patient care, research and education in the field of epilepsy; and to prevent, treat and cure epilepsy.
Acting Director: Jerzy Szaflarski, M.D.

Geriatric Education Center

Purpose: To provide geriatric training opportunities and outreach activities aimed toward improving the quality of life for the geriatric population.
Director: Richard M. Allman, M.D.

Glial Biology in Medicine, UAB Center for

Purpose: To support basic and clinical research on the biology of glial cells which have been recognized to be of critical importance in many brain and spinal cord injuries and neurological disorders.
Director: Maurizio Grimaldi, M.D., Ph.D.

Gorgas (William Crawford) Center for Geographic Medicine

Purpose: To provide leadership in tropical and preventive medicine; to develop and oversee research and training at the forefront of biomedical science; and to support international health programs in the fields of research, education, program development, administration, and public service.
Director: David Freedman, M.D.

Health Informatics for Patient Safety/Quality, Center for

Purpose: To disseminate new approaches to the development, implementation, evaluation, and management of healthcare information and healthcare information technology.
Director: Eta Berner, Ph.D.

Healthcare Management and Leadership, Center for

Purpose: To coordinate continuing education programs for the Department of Health Services Administration.
Director: Jerry "Mickey" Trimm, Ph.D.

Hepato-Renal Fibrocystic Kidney Disease Core Center

Purpose: To expand the catalogue of genetic mutations in ARPKD and other HFRD patients, to facilitate access and sharing of clinical and genetic data as well as bio-specimens (DNA and tissues) for the investigator base, and to expand the portfolio of educational material related to HRFD.
Director: Bradley K. Yoder, Ph.D.; Associate Director: Lisa M. Guay-Woodford, M.D.

Human Rights, The Institute for

Purpose: To employ innovative technologies and scientific methods to integrate existing UAB and community strengths to create and foster new research, policy solutions, outreach activities and educational programming relating to all aspects of human rights, including training programs in such areas as diversity awareness, sexual harassment prevention and effective communication in the workplace to business, industry, and government entities.
Director: Tina Kempin Reuter, Ph.D.

Injury Science, Center for

Purpose: To provide a multidisciplinary focus for the care of injured patients and for research related to both prevention and treatment of injuries.
Director: Loring W. Rue, III, M.D.

Informatics Institute, UAB

Purpose: To work in tandem with UAB's Personalized Medicine Institute and the UAB-HudsonAlpha Center for Genomic Medicine to enlist scientists and physicians to target a multitude of diseases and disorders.
Director: James J. Cimino, M.D.

Integrated Systems, UAB Center for

Purpose: To provide diverse efforts that will allow for collaborations between researchers in various fields of medicine, sciences, and engineering.
Director: Murat Tanik, Ph.D.

Interprofessional Education & Simulation, Center for

Purpose: To bring together students and other learners from multiple schools across campus, together with faculty and staff from the UAB Health System, into a cohesive and integrated system of interprofessional education and training.
Director: Robert R. Rich, M.D.

Joint Replacement, Center for

Purpose: To combine state-of-the-art surgery for the hip and knee with improvements in patient education and patient satisfaction.
Director: John M. Cuckler, M.D.

Lister Hill Center for Health Policy

Purpose: To facilitate the conduct of health policy research, to disseminate the findings of that research beyond the usual academic channels, and to sponsor the health policy fellowship program.
Director: Michael A. Morrisey, Ph.D.

Liver Center, UAB

Purpose: To provide specialized care to children and adults with all types of liver and biliary tract disease, to develop clinical and basic research programs to support clinical care activities for such individuals, and to educate the profession and public about liver disease.
Director: Joseph R. Bloomer, M.D.

Low Vision Rehabilitation, UAB Center for

Purpose: To provide quality patient care, teaching, and research to advance knowledge in the area of vision rehabilitation.
Director: Dawn DeCarlo, O.D.

Lung Health Center

Purpose: To provide treatment, education and research programs related to the prevention and management of lung diseases.
Director: Victor J. Thannickal, M.D.

Maryann Manning Family Literacy Center

Purpose: To sustain Dr. Maryann Manning’s legacy of commitment and work in the field of literacy, the Maryann Manning Family Literacy Center supports and disseminates research in literacy, provides professional development for teachers and students, centralizes the operation and organization of numerous projects begun by Dr. Manning, and creates innovative literacy projects, both locally and globally.
Director: Jennifer Summerlin, Ph.D.

Multiple Sclerosis Center

Purpose: To foster clinical and fundamental research on multiple sclerosis and related diseases; to provide clinical and research training in multiple sclerosis and related diseases; and to evaluate and treat acute and chronic multiple sclerosis and related diseases.
Director: Khurram Bashir, M.D.

Nathan Shock Center of Excellence in the Basic Biology of Aging, UAB

Purpose:  To assist scientists in pursuing research focused on the interplay of aging, comparative biology, and energetics. Its goal is to act as a multiplier to stimulate innovation and increase the success of scientists studying the basic biology of aging.
Director:  Steven N. Austad, Ph.D.

Neurodegeneration and Experimental Therapeutics (CNET), UAB Center for

Purpose: To promote the discovery of novel treatments for neurodegenerative disorders, to teach scientists and clinicians about these diseases, and to facilitate the application of these discoveries to clinical care of patients.
Co-Directors: Andy West, Ph.D. and Erik Roberson, M.D.

Optical Sensors and Spectroscopies, The Center for

Purpose: To improve sensor techniques using recently developed revolutionary laser and spectroscopic technologies for the detection of biological, chemical, environmental, and explosive agents with high sensitivity.
Director: Sergey Mirov, Ph.D.

Institute of Oral Health Research

Purpose: To provide an umbrella organization that will promote, facilitate and concentrate all research activities conducted within the School of Dentistry.
Director: Mary B. MacDougall, Ph.D.

Palliative and Supportive Care, UAB Center for

Purpose: To serve patients and families experiencing life-threatening, life-limiting, or advanced illness by providing compassionate clinical care, demonstrating leadership in teaching health professionals and trainees, conducting collaborative research, and influencing health care delivery and public policy.
Director: Rodney O. Tucker, M.D.

Pancreatiobiliary Center, UAB

Purpose: To provide a comprehensive, centralized, multidisciplinary approach to the diagnosis and innovative treatment of complex pancreatiobiliary diseases.
Co-Directors: Mohamad A. Eloubeidi, M.D., Selwyn M. Vickers, M.D., and Mel Wilcox, M.D.

Parkinson’s Disease Information and Referral Center

Purpose: To provide support to families and patients suffering from Parkinson's Disease by offering top-notch clinical treatment as well as educational, emotional, and political support. The center also performs basic science research of Parkinson's disease.
Director: David G. Standaert, M.D.

Pediatric-Onset Demyelinating Disease, Center for

Purpose: To provide comprehensive multidisciplinary care for children and teens with MS and other CNS demyelinating diseases.
Director: Jayne Ness, M.D.

Pediatric Pulmonary Center

Purpose: To improve the health and well-being of the nation's children and youth, and especially those with special health care needs.
Co-Directors: James S. Hagood, M.D.; Nancy Woolridge

Pulmonary Injury and Repair Center, UAB

Purpose: To promote, support, and enhance cutting-edge research on lung biology, including studies of disease through translational investigation in humans.
Director: Sadis Matalon, Ph.D.

Regions Institute for Financial Education, The

Purpose: To provide opportunities for UAB students, faculty, staff and the community at large to learn the skills and knowledge essential to successfully manage their personal finances. The Institute aims to carry out this mission by focusing on teaching, service and research.
Director: Stephanie R. Yates, Ph.D.

Research in Applied Gerontology, Center for

Purpose: To develop and evaluate interventions which will allow older individuals to remain independent and to experience a high quality of life.
Director: Karlene Ball, Ph.D.

Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center

Purpose: To serve the needs of the mid-south region of the United States for initial and ongoing professional sales training.
Director: Karen Kennedy, Ph.D.

Sleep-Wake Disorders Center

Purpose: To provide the highest quality evaluation and treatment to patients with sleep disorders, utilizing state-of-the-art technology and equipment via a multidisciplinary approach.
Director: Susan M. Harding, M.D.

South Central Preparedness & Emergency Response Learning Center

(formerly South Central Center for Public Health Preparedness
Purpose: To design assessments and train public health practitioners to prepare for and respond to public health threats and emergencies, particularly those which may be bioterrorist in nature.
Director: Peter M. Ginter, Ph.D.

Southeast Center for Excellence in Geriatric Medicine

Purpose: To provide advanced academic training for physicians preparing for careers in geriatric medicine.
Director: Richard M. Allman, M.D.

Sparkman Center for Global Health

Purpose: To contribute to solutions of health problems in developing countries by implementing graduate-level training and educational programs that are organized collaboratively with academic institutions, international agencies and health ministries within the host country.
Director: Craig Wilson, M.D.

Surgical Research, Center for

Purpose: To foster research and instruction in the areas of trauma, hemorrhage, sepsis, burn injury, and surgical critical care; and to translate experimental studies to the bedside using novel treatment modalities so that septic complications and mortality rates in trauma patients can be decreased.
Director: Irshad H. Chaudry, Ph.D.

Sustainable Smart Cities Research Center, UAB

Purpose: To coordinate multi-disciplinary research in the area of sustainable infrastructure systems.
Director: Fouad H. Fouad, Ph.D., P.E.

UAB-Hudson Alpha Center for Genomic Medicine

Purpose: To explore the complexities of human DNA to understand the genetic underpinnings for the onset and progression of diseases and to use that knowledge to predict, diagnose and develop personalized therapies.
Co-Directors: Richard Myers, Ph.D. (HudsonAlpha); Bruce Korf, M.D., Ph.D.

University Transportation Center for Alabama

Purpose: To advance technology in transportation education and research and then transfer technologies over multiple disciplines.
(1) Management and Safety (UA, UAB, UAH)
Director: Fouad Fouad, Ph.D.
(2) Injury Control Research
Director: P. Russ Fine, Ph.D.

Urban Education, Center for

Purpose: To promote quality education for socially and economically disenfranchised groups residing in urban areas.
Director: Deborah L. Voltz, Ed.D.

Voice Treatment Center, UAB

Purpose: To bring together medical and vocal expertise to evaluate and treat individuals who use their voices as a primary part of their profession.
Co-Directors: Richard McHugh, M.D. and Dan Phillips, Ed.D.

Women’s Reproductive Health, Center for

Purpose: To conduct research aimed at improving the health of all women, especially minority and underserved women and their families; and to bring researchers and developing scholars interested in women's health issues at UAB into a more formal research collaboration.
Director: Dwight J. Rouse, M.D.