Comprehensive Cardiovascular Center
To expand UAB’s leadership in cardiovascular disease, the School of Medicine is forming the Comprehensive Cardiovascular Center. The center will bring together basic, translational, and clinical scientists to promote collaborative research efforts and improve detection, treatment, prevention, and understanding of cardiovascular disease. The move is part of the combined UAB Medicine and School of Medicine strategic plan, which list cardiovascular health as one of its six pillars of research and treatment. Dr. Sumanth Prabhu, Director of the Division of Cardiovascular Disease, will serve as the director of the center and Dr. James Kirklin, Director of the Division of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, will serve as codirector.
The mission of the center is to position UAB as an internationally recognized, premier institution of basic, clinical, and translational cardiovascular science and to expand growth in newer, high-impact science areas such as regenerative cardiovascular medicine, novel device-based therapeutics, and biological therapy. “The purpose of the center is to create an efficient organizational structure that better focuses existing resources in cardiovascular medicine and research in response to a rapidly evolving funding environment, to improve communication and collaboration with the various clinical and research entities that are involved with cardiovascular disease, and to contribute resources that promote investigator-initiated research in the cardiovascular sciences,” says School of Medicine Dean Ray L. Watts, MD.
The coordinated vision will foster multidisciplinary, multi-investigator collaborations and programmatic development to attract extramural research grant support and philanthropic investment, aid in recruitment and education, and solidify UAB’s position as one of the leading cardiovascular authorities in the world.