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In October 2023, we proudly commemorated the 25th Anniversary of the COERE as we celebrated 25 years of serving the community through interdisciplinary health services, outcomes research, and training! To honor this significant milestone, we hosted a special member's celebration on August 30, 2023. Founding Director Norman Weissman, Ph.D., (Professor Emeritus in Health Services Administration, School of Health Professions) opened remarks by reflecting on the establishment of the program. He highlighted the contributions of his team, Catarina Kiefe, M.D., Ph.D., Jeroan Allison, M.D., MS, and UAB leadership.

Ken Saag, M.D., MSC, (Professor and Director, Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology), who served as the director from 2010-2020, followed by emphasizing the invaluable mentorship he received as a COERE member. Current director Mike Mugavero, M.D., MHSc, (Professor, Infectious Diseases) concluded with admiration and gratitude for the people. "The COERE is the people who run the programs, as well as the members. The people make it happen!" Congratulations, to COERE for 25 years of innovation, training, and research.

  • COERE Timeline

      1998 – 2010

    • Established in 1998 by Founding Directors, Dr. Catarina Kiefe (DOPM, DOM) and Dr. Norm Weissman (HSA, SHP)
    • AHRQ T32 training grant (PI Kiefe) was secured in 2003 and continuously renewed 4 times (2008, 2013, 2018, 2023), now supporting 4 pre-doctoral and 5 post-doctoral trainees per year including numerous fellows from the DOM in its 20-year history
    • Foundational to AHRQ funding of UAB U19 Center for Education and Research Therapeutics (PI K Saag), the only Center continuously funded for the 17-year history of that program.

    2010 – 2020

    • Ken Saag became COERE Director and AHRQ T32 PI in 2010
    • Numerous AHRQ-funded K12 and T32 training programs secured enhancing the training portfolio and flagship COERE “Friday Fellows” seminar series
    • Establishment of the Annual COERE Methods Symposium, including the Meredith Kilgore Endowed Lecture, established in 2019 with support from UAB SOPH to recognize COERE Co-Director Meredith Kilgore

    2020 – Present

    • Mike Mugavero became COERE Director and AHRQ T32 PI in 2020
    • COERE leads the establishment of the UAB Learning Health System, catalyzed by the COVID-19 Collaborative Outcomes Research Enterprise
    • Growth of enrichment programs including GRIT (>$35M in K and R awards), DIISC (>$60M in extramural dissemination and implementation science grant awards), DRIVEN, and CARES at UAB to support the professional development and provide funding to research-intensive faculty from backgrounds underrepresented in science
    • June 2022: COERE established a physical home on the beautifully renovated 14,000 square foot 8th floor of the Boshell Diabetes Building (BDB8), housing research faculty from 5 Division in the DOM, with dedication of the Executive Conference Room to Dr. Stuart J. Frank on February 1, 2023



  • 1998 – 2010 Team

    1998 to 2010

  • 2010 – 2020 Team

    2010 to 2020

  • 2020 – Present

    2020 to Present