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University of Alabama at Birmingham Center for Clinical and Translational Science

Victor Darley-Usmar, Ph.D., and postdoctoral fellow Elena Ulasova

Victor Darley-Usmar, Ph.D., and postdoctoral fellow Elena Ulasova perform research to understand how diabetes and dietary factors affect the function of mitochondria in the heart. A better understanding of these processes will help in designing new therapies for treatment of patients with diabetes.

Birmingham, Alabama

Principal Investigator
Robert Kimberly, M.D., University of Alabama at Birmingham


The vision of the UAB Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) is to transform the university's environment by building productive and efficient interdisciplinary research teams through educational ingenuity, regulatory reorganization, resource coordination and methodological innovation. The mission is to develop a transformative infrastructure that spans the spectrum from pre-clinical research to bench-to-bedside translation to community implementation. This center builds upon a long-standing collaborative network that involves Historically Black Colleges and Universities and underprivileged communities in its region.

Using the community health advisor model, UAB CCTS investigators have a strong record of NIH- and CDC-funded community-based participatory research involving the Alabama “Black Belt,” one of the nation's most underserved areas. Further, in collaboration with Alabama's Historically Black Colleges and Universities, they have built an extensive network for training the next generation of health disparities researchers. CCTS will provide the crucible to bring these activities to the next level. Through its innovative “One Great Community” component, CCTS will support three community incubators (Urban Lay, Health Professionals, and University), as well as a Research Incubator to insure the bidirectional flow of information between the lay and the research communities that will generate new knowledge at the intersection between science and community needs.

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