Stephen Barnes. Director: Stephen Barnes, PhD

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  • Professor of Pharmacology & Toxicology

John Hartman. Co-Director: John Hartman, M.D.

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  • Associate Professor, Department of Genetics


The Research Development Core (RDC) supports cutting edge biological research on the comparative biology and energetics of aging. The RDC accomplishes this goal by administering the UAB NSC Pilot/Feasibility Grants program and by providing mentorship and support for UAB NSC grantees.

Core Responsibilities

  • Advertises broadly for proposals for Pilot and/or Feasibility studies in comparative energetics of aging from faculty in all disciplines.
  • Administers a review system that ensures optimal use of the Center’s research cores.
  • Promotes interdisciplinary activities that leverage resources from a range of fields.
  • Provides mentoring and support for the Pilot/Feasibility awardees.
  • Identifies proposals exploring promising areas of research or seeking to address controversial areas in the basic biology of aging.
  • Evaluates the Pilot/Feasibility Program success.
  • Facilitates synergy and collaboration among awardees and other aging researchers.