This month we are celebrating the launch of a second round of urgent, high-impact COVID-19 research, thanks to the generosity of Alabama’s business community and the ingenuity and expertise of our researchers.
As we know, the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic in Alabama spurred massive changes across all our operations, forcing us to quickly adopt new ways of working, learning, sustaining our research enterprise, and providing the care on which our city and state depend so heavily.
By 2050, nearly 14 million Americans over age 65 could be living with Alzheimer's disease—with a world total of at least 50 million. We are facing an uphill battle, but UAB physicians and researchers are meeting this challenge head-on.
The news of the recent deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery have brought forth expressions of deep anguish, fear, sadness, and rage in communities across the nation. In a city marked by a painful history of violence against black Americans, we here in Birmingham know all too well that these are continued examples of the racial injustices that have plagued our country since before its founding.
We know that racial and socioeconomic disparities for health and health care exist in this country. In fact, there are many exceptional physicians and researchers here at UAB who are exploring why those disparities exist and how they can be lessened. But sadly, this pandemic has exposed just how deadly the consequences of health disparities can be.
I wanted to take a moment to thank all of you for your vigilance, dedication, and flexibility during this stressful time. As we work to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 outbreak, I know that many of you will be away from your families, working with limited resources, and shouldering many burdens as we shift into a limited business model.
In the School of Medicine, diversity and inclusion are integral to our values and mission. We are stronger and more effective when we empower individuals from all backgrounds and cultural groups, and I am proud that our enterprise continues to grow in this way.
As we embark upon another year, let's take a look at how we can take our collective impact to the next level.
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