Since its inception in 2011, the UAB Center for Exercise Medicine has reached various milestones while working towards fulfilling its core mission values. 

UCEM Milestones

  • Membership across 10 Schools and 36 Departments;

  • Research Roundtables and collaborative study design consultations that helped investigators garner over $80M in extramural funding for innovative clinical trials and pre-clinical studies across a wide array of neurologic, musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary, and metabolic diseases;

  • Established leading-edge core facilities and resources for biological and clinical research;

  • Training and career development of more than 70 pre- and post-doctoral trainees via NIH T32HD071866 and individual F30, F31, F32, and foundation fellowships;

  • Awarding over 60 pilot/feasibility studies and scholar awards to help jump-start innovative new directions for investigators;

  • Founding the National Exercise Clinical Trials Network (NExTNet) with UAB as the hub/Coordinating Center, which grew to 77 member institutions;

  • Leadership as 1 of 6 adult Clinical Centers (U01AR071133) in the trans-NIH Common Fund program: Molecular Transducers of Physical Activity Consortium (MoTrPAC) – a $250M investment in exercise research that is by far the largest single investment by NIH or any other funding mechanism to better understand molecular transducers of exercise-induced health benefits;

  • Former home of the NIH National Rehabilitation Research Resource to Enhance Clinical Trials (REACT, P2CHD086851);

  • Former home of the Coordinating Center for the NIH Medical Rehabilitation Research Resource Network;

  • Home of the national MoTrPAC Tissue Histology Core;

  • Establishing and prioritizing exercise biology and medicine learning opportunities in medical and graduate education programs;

  • Building numerous collaborations with other UAB Centers and external institutions;

  • An unwavering commitment to community engagement and educational outreach in the Birmingham area and nationally.