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The National Center for Advancing Translational Science (NCATS) requires that we track and report on certain categories of research. Below we list and define these categories. Questions? Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

HIV/AIDS Research – For more information, please see the UAB Center for AIDS Research.

Clinical Trials – (NIH Definition) A research study in which one or more human subjects are prospectively assigned to one or more interventions (which may include placebo or other control) to evaluate the effects of those interventions on health-related biomedical or behavioral outcomes.  

Pediatric Research – Clinical research initiatives that either involve subjects younger than 19 and/or address aspects of a disease that is prevalent in children.

Disparities Research – Disparities Research examines differences in the incidence, prevalence, mortality, and burden of diseases and other adverse health conditions that exist among specific population groups. These may include a complex set of factors including biology, ancestry, geography & environment, social and economic issues, and age.

Special Populations – A special population is defined not only by biologic ancestry, but also by position across the lifespan (pediatrics, geriatrics), geography (urban, rural), socioeconomic status, and disproportionate disease burden of our region (e.g., cardio-metabolic, vascular and cancer-related diseases).