In October 2006, the Center for Emergency Care and Disaster Preparedness merged with the Center for Biodefense and Emerging Infections to form the UAB Center for Emerging Infections and Emergency Preparedness (CEIEP), a University-wide Interdisciplinary Research Center.
The CEIEP will enhance the core areas of basic/fundamental research, translational research, clinical research, population and behavioral research, computer modeling and simulation, as well as training and education surrounding biodefense, emerging infections, emergency medical care, and public health disaster preparedness in Alabama and across the world.
The Center envisions partnership among UAB faculty who are interested in pursuing education and research opportunities in the realm of emerging infections and emergency preparedness. Subsequently, a campus-wide survey will be distributed electronically, enabling the CEIEP to categorize faculty by research area, productively distribute announcements for interdisciplinary research, and develop researchers who can translate discovery to application through formation of a product development effort. In addition, the CEIEP plans to initiate discussions regarding collaboration with external partners such as local, state, and federal agencies, universities, community-based organizations, and the private sector to develop research and training programs.