“Each year, UAB researchers generate thousands of studies that can point the way to new treatments for a host of diseases,” says President Watts. “But those data do no good if they stay in the lab and never make it out into doctor’s offices and patients’ homes.”
UAB’s Comprehensive Cancer Center has set the model for a growing number of comprehensive centers at UAB—tackling diabetes, heart disease, neuroscience, transplantation, and more—whose mission is to take research from the lab bench to patient bedsides and beyond.
The Cancer Center and UAB’s Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center (MHRC) conduct life-saving patient education efforts in Alabama’s Black Belt. Their work has dramatically improved mammography rates, provided counseling for rural cancer survivors, and connected church congregations with trained health educators, for instance. The MHRC has reached out to Birmingham residents with free screenings and health information at HealthSmart, run out of a storefront downtown.
Outreach efforts are thriving across campus. The nationally recognized science education programs offered by the UAB Center for Community OutReach Development (CORD) have helped more than 50,000 students get excited about science and math careers. ArtReach, an educational arm of UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center, is bringing classes in art, dance, music, and more to YWCAs, senior centers, and more venues in Birmingham’s Woodlawn neighborhood and other areas.
Discover UAB’s growing links with the neighboring Woodlawn and Avondale neighborhoods in “Good Neighbors”:
Learn how UAB professors give back at a local maximum-security prison in “Life Sentences”: