The collaborative is a partnership between two world-class organizations, the UAB School of Health Professions and Lakeshore Foundation, that focuses on research in applied rehabilitative science. Researchers work to develop and evaluate new programmatic and service efforts plus new supportive technologies. Our team seeks to identify and create meaningful alternatives that improve life for people who have or will face chronic disabling conditions.

Currently there are 25 ongoing projects that are supported by $3.3M in annual federal funding. The collaborative funding sources include National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. We have 29 full- and part-time staff, eight faculty, and 15 student assistants on staff.

Lakeshore Foundation

Lakeshore Foundation’s strengths lie in unique approaches to improving the lives of people with physical disabilities and chronic conditions, regardless of age or condition. Lakeshore Foundation offers a wide range of fitness, recreation, athletic and education programs to children and adults who experience diagnostic conditions including spinal cord injuries, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, stroke, amputation, and visual impairment.  Lakeshore Foundation also serves persons who have been diagnosed with arthritis, diabetes, chronic pain, cardiac conditions, and many other related disorders. In addition to provide services to clients, Lakeshore Foundation is also active in applied research.

University of Alabama at Birmingham

The University of Alabama at Birmingham has an established history of research that integrates experts from many different disciplines, and has a long track record of attracting NIH and other federal grant support. The School of Health Professions houses several disciplines key to the Research Collaborative, including physical therapy, occupational therapy, nutrition sciences, and health services administration.  In addition, the UAB School of Engineering partners with SHP to develop prosthetic solutions and environmental designs that better the lives of individuals with chronic conditions and allow individuals to live as independently as possible.


The partnership builds upon the strength of the two organizations, Lakeshore Foundation and UAB, which together can impact the world with regard to better outcomes for people with physical disabilities, so that people in our community and beyond will say, “Because of this research, my life is better.”