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.

VIDEO: UAB / Lakeshore Collaboration Established

Funded by an investment of $2 million from Lakeshore Foundation, the partnership establishes the Lakeshore Foundation Endowed Chair in the UAB School of Health Professions. James H. Rimmer, Ph.D., a leading expert in rehabilitative science for 30 years, became the Lakeshore Foundation Endowed Chair in Health Promotion and Rehabilitation Sciences January 3, 2012. He also serves as executive director of the research collaborative.

LEARN MORE: Here is a PDF version of Dr. Rimmer's full Curriculum Vitae.

The UAB/Lakeshore Research Collaborative will focus on research in applied rehabilitative science, including the development and evaluation of new programmatic and service efforts, the development and validation of new supportive technologies, and will seek to identify and develop meaningful alternatives that improve life for people who have or will face chronic disabling conditions.