- What unique resources does UAB bring to the SECEBT partnership?
The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is a research university and academic health center that discovers, teaches and applies knowledge for the intellectual, cultural, social and economic benefit of Birmingham, the state and beyond. UAB is a premier research university ranking among the top 20 in funding from the National Institutes of Health and earning more than $470 million per year in contract and grant support. UAB offers nearly 140 academic degrees through 12 schools and a large graduate school. UAB’s research enterprise has been greatly enhanced by the Richard C. and Annette N. Shelby Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research Building and the Southeast Biosafety Laboratory Alabama Birmingham (SEBLAB). The Shelby Building brings together investigators from a wide variety of fields to study important health issues such as diabetes and autoimmune diseases, and conduct bone, bioengineering, and brain research. The Shelby Building increases research space on campus by 25 percent and is an integral part of UAB's efforts to continue to grow its research infrastructure. The 12-story facility, with 323,000 square feet of research and office space, was built at a cost of $100 million. The SEBLAB is a 40,000 square-foot building with an estimated cost of $21.2 million. The SEBLAB will house Biosafety Level 2 and Level 3 laboratories. BSL-2 labs are suitable for work involving agents of moderate potential hazard to personnel and the environment. BSL-3 labs handle agents that may cause serious or potentially lethal diseases. SEBLAB’s design includes flexible and secure laboratories, animal housing and procedure space, and offices. In the event of a bioterrorism emergency, SEBLAB will provide surge capacity for diagnostics and other necessary analyses to enhance state and regional public health responses.
- What areas of expertise or current UAB projects will be of particular interest to SECEBT partners?
The Center for Emerging Infections and Emergency Preparedness (CEIEP) is one of 80 interdisciplinary research centers located at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). The mission of the CEIEP is to enhance the core areas of basic, translational, clinical and population/behavioral research, raining and education surrounding biodefense, emerging infections, emergency medical care, and all-hazards preparedness. The CEIEP draws from more than 50 appointed faculty from seven separate UAB Schools and other universities and organizations.
CEIEP researchers actively participate in the Southeast Regional Center of Excellence for Emerging Infections and Biodefense (SERCEB), which is composed of 6 member institutions (UAB, University of North Carolina, Duke University, Vanderbilt University, Emory University and University of Florida) and 21 affiliates, to sponsor basic research focusing on “bench to bedside” translational research that will lead to the development of drugs, vaccines and diagnostics that are needed to protect society from emerging infections and biologic threats. The CEIEP will also play a key role in the operation and utilization of UAB’s BSL-3 facility, Southeast Biosafety Laboratory Alabama Birmingham (SEBLAB). More than 50 research projects by UAB and/or Southern Research Institute investigators will be housed in the new facility. These projects include investigation into new vaccines for smallpox, monkeypox, botulism and anthrax. The CEIEP is also a member of a consortium, led by the Johns Hopkins University, to carry out the mission of the DHS-sponsored National Center for Preparedness and Critical Events Response (PACER). PACER will address the multifaceted, technical, systematic, behavioral, and organizational challenges posed by terror-related public health threats.
- How has UAB been involved with SECEBT?
CEIEP has been represented at the past 3 SECEBT partners meetings as well as on different conference calls discussing upcoming conference topics. Recently, CEIEP competed for the SECEBT intramural grant funding. We continue to highly value our partnership and look forward to future collaboration and growth in our relationship.
- Contact Information:
Mary Wyatt Bowers, MA (Project Manager)
Joel Rodgers, MA (Project Coordinator)
303 Children’s Harbor Building
University of Alabama at Birmingham
1600 7th Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35233-1711
Phone: (205)-934-2424 or (205)-996.7386