Basic science research is critical to the mission of UAB Heersink School of Medicine to improve health. Fundamental discovery science research serves this mission even if there is no immediate translational potential. Fundamental scientific research is scientific capital and illuminates the path for future translation.

Fundamental discovery science spans the spectrum of biomedical research, from the most basic to translational problems in biology and medicine. Fundamental discovery is inherently high risk/high reward, and it is often serendipitous findings by scientists that have the unanticipated potential to revolutionize science and therapy.

Robust fundamental discovery science programs help advance UAB from good to great.