Max D. Cooper, MDMax D. Cooper, MD. Photo courtesy of UAB Archives.The Department of Medicine established the Max Cooper Award for Career Excellence in Research in honor of Max D. Cooper, MD, to recognize outstanding research achievements by Department of Medicine faculty. Dr. Cooper is an extraordinary example of a distinguished academic researcher. He was professor of medicine, pediatrics, microbiology, and pathology, as well as Director of the Division of Developmental and Clinical Immunology at UAB. During his tenure here, Dr. Cooper became UAB's—and Alabama's—first Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator. He was elected to the prestigious National Academy of Sciences in 1989, making him the first scientist in Alabama to receive this honor. 

The Max Cooper Award is given annually to faculty with a primary appointment at the level of Associate or Full Professor in the Department of Medicine. This award recognizes researchers that have gained national recognition for important research discoveries over their scientific career.

Qualified candidates will demonstrate a sustained track record of outstanding research achievements. The candidate should demonstrate research excellence both as an independent investigator and through collaborative and multidisciplinary research initiatives. In addition, qualifications of the candidate may further include substantial mentorship of others in research, and professional service activities involving research.

Demonstrated evidence of research accomplishments includes, but is not limited to:

  1. important contributions to scientific advancement;
  2. a track record of sustained research funding, which may include individual, group, programmatic, and multi-disciplinary projects;
  3. service to national and/or international research organizations; and
  4. substantial and meaningful mentoring of students, residents, fellows, junior faculty, and/or other trainees in research.

Any UAB faculty member may nominate someone for this award. 

For additional information, contact:

Cynthia Joiner, PhD, MPH, RN
Assistant Vice Chair for Research
Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine
Phone: (205) 934-7520