UAB School of Health Professions

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.

National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD)

Founded in 1999, the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD) is a public health practice and resource center on health promotion for people with disability. It is the premier resource for information on physical activity, health promotion, and disability, serving persons with physical, sensory and cognitive disability across the lifespan. In 2021, NCHPAD received a $25 million grant renewal — the largest in the history of UAB’s School of Health Professions. The center is led by James H. Rimmer, Ph.D., the Lakeshore Foundation Endowed Chair in Health Promotion and Rehabilitation Sciences.

Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on Recreational, Sport, and Exercise Technologies for People with Disabilities

In 2022, researchers in the UAB School of Health Professions received a five-year, $4.625 million federal grant for a new Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Recreational, Sport, and Exercise Technologies for People with Disabilities. The center, funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), will be led by Mohan Thirumalai, Ph.D., associate professor of health informatics in the Department of Health Services Administration, and James H. Rimmer, Ph.D., director of NCHPAD.