University of South Alabama R&D and Clinical Research Forming a Major Regional Research Hub

Feb 4, 2020 | Leading Sites, News, R&D, Research Grants, Site Success, Site Watch, University of South Alabama

University of South Alabama R&D and Clinical Research Forming a Major Regional Research Hub

The University of South Alabama (USA) has seen a noticeable increase in its research funding, topping $87 million in 2019 and in the process raising the Southern institution’s profile across America and beyond. Driven in part by a 43% rise in external grant and contract funding awards, most of the growth centers on STEM fields such as life sciences, computer software and engineering. For example, there were several awards from the National Institutes of Health for research related to cancer and lung biology.

This pubic research institution has been executing on a deliberate and systematic strategy to grow research reported Lynne Chronister, vice president for research and economic development at the university. Follow the link to the Alabaman Newsletter for more details.

About University of South Alabama

A public research university in Mobile, Alabama, the institution was formed by the Alabama legislature in May 1963, and replaced existing extension programs operated in Mobile by the USA. The university is divided into ten colleges and schools and includes one of Alabama’s two state-supported medical schools. The university has over 15,000 students and an annual payroll of more than $400 million with over 6,000 employees. The second largest employer in the city of Mobile, the USA injects $3 billion worth of economic impact in the city of approximately 330,000.

Regional Clinical Research Hub

Recently, the USA division of clinical trials Mitchell Cancer Institute hired Winona “Wendy” Blount, RN, MSN as their new director of clinical trials. She served as manager of the division of clinical trials for the university’s Mitchell Cancer Institute (MCI) since 2016.  She has been hard at work not only evaluating and improving but strengthening clinical research infrastructure and processes at MCI—not to mention developing a Phase I early-stage clinical trials program. She also accomplished the establishment of an infusion unit at MCI dedicated to clinical trials.

USA Health

Clinical trials in MCI is a division within the University of South Alabama Health (USA Health), which stands as the only academic medical center along the upper Gulf Costs making Mobile a considerable medical and clinical research hub.  In addition to offering excellent healthcare to the region’s diverse population at University Hospital and Children’s & Women’s Hospital, one of only five free-standing hospitals in the country dedicated to the healthcare of children and women, it stands as a center of continuous research and regional hub of technological advancement. The MCI is at the forefront of cancer treatment and outcomes, for example. The health system employs 3,900 clinical and nonclinical staff members, including about 190 academic physicians who serve dual roles treating patients and teaching the next generation of medical doctors.


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