Lakeshore Foundation and the University of Alabama at Birmingham joined forces in 2009 to develop a world-class research program in rehabilitative science - the UAB / Lakeshore Research Collaborative.

Recognizing that together the two institutions can accomplish more than either can accomplish alone, the Collaborative conducts and promotes comprehensive rehabilitative science research to establish the effectiveness of current programs and services, and seek better and more effective ways of improving the quality of life of a broadening array of individuals of all ages with physically disabling conditions.

All research efforts are guided by James H. Rimmer, Ph.D., a leading expert in rehabilitative science for 40 years. In 2012, he became the Lakeshore Foundation Endowed Chair in Health Promotion and Rehabilitation Sciences.