Research Support

Antarctica Climate Change Project

penguinThe Antarctica Climate Change Project provides financial resources to support the scholarly activities of researchers including both undergraduate and graduate students working in the laboratories of marine biologists Dr. James McClintock and Dr. Charles Amsler at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

These funds have purchased needed laboratory supplies and equipment, led to student publications in the scientific literature, supported educational outreach programs to K-12 students and others, supported research travel, and assisted in student travel to present scientific findings at regional and national meetings. Thank you for investing in not only timely and important research but in the young budding scientists that hold our future in their hands.

You can explore Antarctica with us on the UAB in Antarctica blog.

Austad Healthier Aging Research Fund

The dramatic increase in life expectancy over the past century has been a mixed blessing. Humans are living longer than ever before, but their later years are often plagued by debility, pain, or dementia.

Dr. Steven Austad’s research seeks to discover methods to extend the healthy productive years of life and minimize the period of late life debility. His novel approach is to investigate the mechanisms of exceptional resistance to aging processes found in the natural world. For instance, his laboratory has recently discovered that the ocean quahog, a clam species that lives for more than 500 years, possesses exceptionally effective mechanisms for preventing the formation of protein aggregates, the process that is widely thought to underlie Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s and Parkinson’s diseases.

This fund supports all aspects of Dr. Austad's research. You can read more about it in UAB Magazine.