Units Reporting to the Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development

Below are brief descriptions of the functions of each unit, along with contact information, campus address, and a link to the unit’s website.  For contact information for personnel within each office of the OVPRED, click here.  Send general inquiries about UAB research or research administration to

Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP)

The Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) is responsible for the institutional review and approval of all extramurally sponsored grants and contracts, prior to submission to the sponsor, to ensure the involvement of all required University components.  Office staff negotiate with sponsors on behalf of the faculty and the University and respond to requests for information from funding agencies.  OSP negotiates changes in project objectives or budgets, prepares subcontracts, and develops reports on grant and contract activity.  OSP also provides a wide range of services to those seeking or doing work on externally funded projects including clinical trial billing reviews.

Lynn W. Stedman, Director, Office of Sponsored Programs

Address:  AB 1170
Telephone:  (205) 975-8169
Fax: (205) 975-5977

Conflict of Interest Review Board (CIRB)

The CIRB is a peer-review committee that evaluates potential, financial conflicts of interest related to extramurally funded research or educational activities. The CIRB reviews disclosures of investigators' financial interests; evaluates whether such interests have the potential to bias the design, conduct or reporting of research or educational activities; determines which actions should be taken to manage, reduce, or eliminate financial conflicts of interest; and monitors compliance with its recommendations.

Karen Iles, PhD, Director

Address: AB 719
Telephone: (205) 975-9691
Fax: (205) 934-0625

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Institutional Review Board (IRB) for Human Use

The UAB Human research Protections program is administered by the UAB Institutional Official (IO) for UAB's Federal wide assurance (FWA00005960) filed with the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Human Research Protections (OHRP). The role off the IO is to exercise overall supervision of the UAB Human Research Protections program. UAB maintains two on-site IRBs and contracts as well with Western IRB (WIRB) for commercially sponsored extramural research activities. Each IRB reviews and approves research involving human participants in accordance with federal and State laws and regulations and UAB policy. Human subjects research may not be performed at UAB without IRB approval. UAB also maintains an administrative unit called the Office of the IRB (OIRB).  OIRB staff members provide administrative support for IRB activities and serve the needs of academic research community with respect to protection human subjects research; The OIRB fields questions from investigators; communicates IRB actions to investigators, keep records of IRB, and OIRB activities, provides training for investigators and IRB members, and monitors human subjects research activities.

Jonathan E. Miller, MPPA, CIP, Director OIRB

Address: AB 470
Telephone: 205-934-3789
Fax: 205-934-1301

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Animal Resources Program (ARP)

The animal care and use program is supported by the Animal Resources Program (ARP), which provides husbandry and veterinary medical care, and the Comparative Pathology Laboratory (CPL), which provides diagnostic and research services.  These two service centers report to Samuel C. Cartner, D.V.M, Ph.D.

Specific ARP and CPL responsibilities are: animal procurement; health surveillance, husbandry, daily care, and veterinary care; maintaining specialized colonies;

providing facilities and trained personnel for technical procedures such as surgery, post surgical care, radiography, necropsy, collection of tissue and body fluids, diet preparation, etc.; assuring compliance with relevant regulations and policies; assisting faculty and students in planning and conducting research and teaching programs that require animals; and conducting appropriate training for personnel who use animals.

Several core facilities provide animal research support. The Transgenic Animal/Embryonic Stem Cell (TA/ESC) Resource, under the direction of Robert A. Kesterson, PhD, produces mouse models using DNA and embryonic stem cell injection methods. Additional services offered by this core include embryo cryopreservation and assisted reproduction techniques. The Genetically Engineered Mutant Mouse Core Facility directed by Casey Weaver, M.D. breeds and maintains transgenic, knockout, and other mice for UAB faculty who use these models, but who lack the time or expertise to provide the special care required. Mary Ann Accavitti-Loper, PhD, directs the Hybridoma Core Facility. Other groups on campus offer other services. The ARP oversees animal care for all such groups.

Samuel C. Cartner, D.V.M, Ph.D.,
Assistant VP, Animal Research Services and Director, ARP

Address: Research Support Building 203
Telephone: 205-934-3553
FAX: 205-934-3418

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Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee (IACUC)

The IACUC oversees and evaluates all aspects of UAB's animal care and use program to ensure consistency with federal regulatory guidelines (PHS Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals; USDA Animal Welfare Regulations) and accrediting organization requirements (Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care, International). All vertebrate (and some invertebrate) animals involved in research, teaching or testing at UAB, or off-site animal activity sponsored through UAB, must be reviewed and approved by the IACUC prior to initiation of the project. The committee is comprised of scientists, nonscientists, veterinarians, and community representatives who are charged with developing and implementing animal care and use policies and evaluating procedures and animal activity areas.

David Grove Cannon, IACUC Director

Address: UAB Station, CH19 403
Telephone: (205) 934-7847
Fax: (205) 934-1188

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UAB Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IIE)/UAB Research Foundation (UABRF)

The responsibility of the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IIE) is to identify, assess, protect, and market commercially viable intellectual property developed at The University of Alabama at Birmingham. The IIE reviews intellectual property disclosures submitted by UAB associates and initiates steps to protect the rights of the discovery, IIE seeks, negotiates, manages, and monitors commercial licensing agreements on behalf of UAB and also ensures compliance with certain government regulations.

Kathy Nugent, Ph.D.
Managing Director, UAB Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Address: AB 770
Telephone: 205-934-9911
FAX: 205-934-5427

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Material Transfer Office (MTO)

The Material Transfer Office is responsible for oversight of the review process for material transfer agreements between UAB and outside entities.
Hayes A. Lowe, J.D., MTA/CDA Manager

Address: AB 770
Telephone: 205-975-0843
Fax: 205-934-5427

Occupational Health and Safety

The Department of Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) is responsible for administering a comprehensive, multidisciplinary occupational health and safety program with UAB-wide responsibilities (including the main UAB campus, University Hospital, UAB Highlands, TKC, associated clinics, etc).  OH&S disciplines include biological, radioactive, and chemical programs.  These include the safe disposal of biohazardous, chemical, and radioactive wastes and laboratory audits.  Additional disciplines are emergency management, education, training, and general safety, hospital safety, construction safety, asbestos exposure control, employee health program, health and safety education, personal and environmental monitoring for hazardous substances, indoor air quality, asbestos exposure control, fire/safety evaluations.  OH&S also maintains licenses, permits, and certificates necessary to conduct research at UAB and liaisons with federal, state, and local regulatory agencies.  The mission of OH&S is to ensure that UAB faculty, staff, students and visitors are afforded a safe and healthy environment by providing service and knowledge necessary to protect themselves, the UAB community and the environment.

If applying for a grant see:

Max Richard, Assistant Vice President

Address: 445 CH19, 933 19th Street South
Telephone: 205-934-7414

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Office of Industry Engagement

The Office of Industry Engagement is an office under the Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development (OVPRED) established to promote and foster all types of industry-based research, including partnerships, and collaborations, assist with on-boarding of new PI’s and to work to improve institutional efficiencies. As an industry-specific research office, the OIE can assist in managing these delicate, but mission-vital partnerships and champion this critical component of UAB’s research industry-based research portfolio.

Jason J Nichols, OD MPH PhD FAAO, Assistant Vice President for Industry Research Development

Address: AB714A
Telephone: 205-934-5109


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Office of Sponsored International Programs

OSIP was established to facilitate the University's ability to conduct service, education, and research programs at international sites by continuously building on experiences and by adapting University policy for international activities. The services provided by OSIP will enhance the ability of the institution both to strengthen and expand existing programs and to encourage and promote other international endeavors.

H. Pennington Whiteside, Jr., MA, MSPH, Director

Address: 374 Center for Research In Women's Health, 1500 6th Avenue South
Telephone: 205-975-2438
FAX: 205-975-4411 or 205-937-7999


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Southeastern Biosafety Laboratory Alabama Birmingham (SEBLAB)

The regional biocontainment laboratory at UAB, called Southeastern Biosafety Laboratory Alabama Birmingham (SEBLAB), was completed in 2008 and fully operational in 2009. Located on the Southside of Birmingham on UAB's campus, SEBLAB is approximately 43,500 square feet.  The project cost around $32 million to complete, with construction funding coming from the NIH and state sources.
SEBLAB is a major asset to the research and public health communities in the region. It houses state-of-the art biosafety level 2 and level 3 laboratories as well as animal biosafety level 3 laboratories. SEBLAB's design includes flexible and secure laboratories, animal housing and procedure space, and laboratory support space. Specialized resources at SEBLAB include an aerobiology suite, imaging suite, irradiator, vaporized H2O2 decontamination and a decontamination chamber.  In the event of a bioterrorism emergency, SEBLAB can provide surge capacity for diagnostics and other necessary analyses to enhance state and regional public health responses.


Jule Gibbs-Erwin
Associate Director

Address:  Research Support Building
Telephone:  205-996-6011

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Other information of interest to faculty and staff involved in research

University Compliance Office

The purpose of this office is to promote adherence to research-related federal and state laws and regulations through development of effective internal controls and education of the members in its research enterprise. It is responsible for the monitoring, evaluation and communication of a highly visible and effective compliance program for academic research. The office is also responsible for the conduct of strategic risk assessment; development of compliance policy; the evaluation, design and implementation of compliance education programs; and creating effective monitoring and reporting mechanisms. These responsibilities extend to compliance with federal and contractual requirements governing billing for clinical services furnished under clinical trials.

Teresa D. Bragg, CPA, CHC, University Compliance Officer

Address: AB 880
Phone: 205-934-9564
Fax: 205-975-5076

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Grants & Contracts Accounting

The Grants & Contracts Accounting Department manages the post-award accounting, compliance, and reporting for UAB's sponsored grants and contracts.

Debra J. Snider, Director

Address: AB 990
Telephone: 205-934-9330
FAX: 205-975-6460

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