The vision of the UAB Center for Exercise Medicine (UCEM) is to foster an environment that establishes UAB as the nation's leader in exercise biology and medicine research and education. Our mission is to promote the health and well-being of children and adults of all ages through: innovative, interdisciplinary research; training and education of scientists, healthcare professionals, and the community; and recruiting leading scientists and clinicians into exercise-based research programs. The UCEM interdisciplinary team brings together more than 180 members and trainees, 35 departments, and 10 schools. The center also houses three university-wide core facilities, provides research training and pilot support to trainees and faculty, conducts exercise biology and medicine teaching blocks as part of the UAB medical school curriculum, and sponsors an annual symposium.
UCEM named NIH clinical center for groundbreaking exercise trial to map molecular underpinnings of health benefits
The UAB Center for Exercise Medicine has been selected as a clinical center for the National Institutes of Health Molecular Transducers of Physical Activity Consortium, or MoTrPAC, to explore molecular changes that occur during and after exercise.
UAB and its two partners — the Translational Research Institute for Metabolism and Diabetes in Orlando, Florida, and Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana — will receive a projected $6.6 million over six years, as part of the nearly $170 million MoTrPAC initiative involving researchers across the United States.
The NIH announced all MoTrPAC awardees Dec. 13. The seven awarded MoTrPAC clinical centers include several partners, totaling 12 institutions nationwide. MoTrPAC is a national research consortium designed to discover and perform preliminary characterization of the range of molecular transducers (the “molecular map”) that underlie the effects of physical activity in humans. The program’s goal is to study the molecular changes that occur during and after exercise and ultimately to advance the understanding of how physical activity improves and preserves health. The program is the largest targeted NIH investment of funds into the mechanisms of how physical activity improves health and prevents disease.