Endowed Professor, James & Pat Estes - University of Alabama Birmingham

Endowed Professor, James & Pat Estes - University of Alabama Birmingham
Leadership, Neurology - Alzheimer's Disease, Neurology - Behavioral, Neurology - Cognitive, Neurology - Memory Disorders, Neurology - Research, Neurobiology, Neuroscience, Neuroscience & Regenerative Medicine, Leadership - Division Chief, Clinical Trials, Clinical Research, Dementia
Birmingham, Alabama

The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Department of Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC) invites applications and nominations for the position of James & Pat Estes Endowed Professor, Alzheimer’s Disease Research.

This recruitment is part of a major strategic initiative in the Neurosciences by the UAB School of Medicine (SOM) to recruit up to 12 new investigators. Recruitment is for tenured or tenure-track faculty at any rank. Applicants should have MD and/or PhD training and a vigorous clinical research program in Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Particular attention will be given to those with a focus on PET or MRI neuroimaging or other programs that utilize the resources of the ADRC’s clinical core.

Position Specifics

UAB Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC)

Successful applicants will join one of the strongest neuroscience and neurodegeneration environments in the country. The NIA-funded ADRC will soon occupy 19,000 square feet of newly renovated space along with the division of behavioral neurology and UAB’s Evelyn F. McKnight Institute, one of only four such institutes in the country that focus on cognitive aging.
UAB’s Advanced Imaging Facility operates a 24 MeV cyclotron and multiple PET/CT and PET/MR scanners. The Center for Neurodegeneration and Experimental Therapeutics has 13 labs conducting translational laboratory research on neurodegenerative diseases. The Center for Clinical and Translational Science (UAB’s NIH-funded CTSA) provides rich support for the clinical research enterprise. Additional related NIH-funded programs at UAB include a Udall Center for Excellence in Parkinson’s Disease, NeuroNext and StrokeNet sites, a T32 Training Program in Neurodegeneration, and R25 research track program for residents.

The UAB Comprehensive Neuroscience Center has more than 450 neuroscience research faculty, clinicians, staff, students & trainees representing 23 UAB departments across 7 UAB schools and spanning a diverse range of neuroscience research areas.

ICAR — Integrative Center for Aging Research

The mission of this interdisciplinary community is to promote the health and well-being of older adults and their families through research, education and outreach initiatives.

ICAR offers opportunities for research development, education on aging research, and sponsors local outreach initiatives related to aging and healthy aging. Supporting research in aging is one of our central tenets. ICAR supports research in aging from “Chromosomes to Communities”, therefore, the Center strives to serve all the research community with a focus in aging research – from projects in basic biology of aging, to clinical projects related to aging processes and comorbidities, as well as community-oriented research focused on healthy aging and aging disparities. 

The Deep South Resource Center for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR)

The Deep South Resource Center for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR) is a collaborative partnership of four unique, Southern institutions with complementary strengths: Morehouse School of Medicine, Tuskegee University, University of Alabama, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

By unifying our researchers, our top aims are to mentor sustained research careers; to enhance the diversity of the workforce conducting research on the health of older persons; and to advance scientific knowledge to reduce health disparities. In doing so, we focus on health problems that are particularly prevalent among older African Americans in both rural and urban settings.

Over 14 years of funding from the National Institute on Aging (NIA), we have provided career development support for at least 48 Scientists through Pilot Grant Awards, 6 Scientists through Diversity Supplements, and 60 Scientists through our multi-disciplinary Health Disparities Research Education Program (HDREP). The RCMAR will continue to advance the science of health disparities and aging through collaborative research involving all core investigators and scientists conducting new research and secondary data analyses supported by core funds, pilot grants and other external grants.

The Mcknight Brain Institute

In 1999, Evelyn F. McKnight, a nurse, established the McKnight Brain Research Foundation as a legacy of support for her late husband, William L. McKnight, and their shared interest in the effects of aging on memory.

Founded with the specific goal of better understanding and alleviating age-related cognitive decline and memory loss, the Foundation works to foster cross- discipline, productive collaboration among top brain health scientists from across the country. In its first 20 years, the Foundation established Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institutes at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the University of Arizona, and the University of Miami, and established the Evelyn F. and William L. McKnight Brain Institute at the University of Florida. Endowed Chairs in Learning and Memory in Aging have been established at each of the four McKnight Brain Institutes and an additional Chair for Clinical Translational Research in Cognitive Aging was established at the University of Florida.

The scientific research conducted at the McKnight Brain Institutes examines the fundamental mechanisms that underlie the neurobiology of learning and memory and the influences contributing to successful aging. Findings and discoveries are applied clinically to maintain cognitive health and to contribute to the management of age-related cognitive decline and memory loss.

As leaders in cognitive aging research, the McKnight Brain Research Foundation and the McKnight Brain Institutes are committed to becoming a valued resource to the public by sharing their exciting research findings and practical suggestions for maintaining brain health, leading to the alleviation of age-related cognitive decline and memory loss.

UAB Comprehensive Neuroscience Center 

Established as University Wide Interdisplinary Research Center in 2009 the UAB Comprehensive Neuroscience Center (CNC) is a network of 210 UAB faculty representing 32 departments and 9 UAB Schools which serve as the focal point for UAB basic and applied neuroscience research.

The overall mission of the CNC is to promote and support interdisciplinary neuroscience research, clinical care and education at UAB. Within that mission the CNC has fostered a University wide pillar structure to facilitate effective cross-disciplinary collaboration among clusters of faculty focused on similar or complementary research. Research areas included under the Pillars are: Addiction, Circadian Rhythms, Cognition and Cognitive Disorders, Epilepsy, Glial Biology, Mental Illness, Neurodegeneration, Neuroengineering, Neuroimaging, Neuromodulation and Pain.

Benchmarks of effective cross pillar collaboration are new large extramural and MPI awards at the intersection of disciplines, otherwise not possible. This goal is precisely in alignment with UAB’s strategic plan, “Forging the Future” with innovative and interdisciplinary research and education at its core. The institutions that can most rapidly and creatively establish the necessary neuroscience initiatives to facilitate the translation of basic research discoveries into effective therapies will be positioned to lead neurological and psychiatric disease research into the future.

UAB Department of Neurology

The UAB Department of Neurology is home to more than 80 faculty organized around eight comprehensive divisions and seven centers.  We seek to provide state-of-the-art care for neurological disorders, train the next generation of neurologists and neuroscientists, and accelerate progress towards the therapies of the future.


Named America’s #1 Best Large Employer for 2021 by Forbes and driven by an intensely collaborative and entrepreneurial character, UAB is one of the leading economic engines of the State, with a nearly $4 billion budget and a statewide economic impact exceeding $7 billion annually. UAB is Alabama’s largest employer with more than 23,000 employees; it supports more than 64,000 jobs statewide with more than 1,400 full time faculty and almost 8,200 medical and graduate students. The UAB SOM ranks 27th and the Department of Neurology 16th nationally in NIH research funding.

Location - Birmingham, Alabama

The rolling countryside of the greater Birmingham area provides a beautiful metropolitan city with an excellent
quality of life. Birmingham is the largest city in Alabama with a population of approximately 1.3 million people. It
is a culturally diverse city that ranks as one of the most important business centers in the Southeastern United
States. The Birmingham metropolitan area has consistently been rated as one of America’s best places to work
and earn a living based on the area’s competitive salary rates and relatively low living expenses. Birmingham is
perfectly suited to young families with superior public and private schools and a low cost of living. It is one of
the few places in the United States where a 4-hour drive affords one the access to mountains, beaches or a
major metropolitan area.

How to apply

EEO Statement

UAB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and family-friendly environment in which all faculty and staff can excel and achieve work/life balance irrespective of, race, national origin, age, genetic or family medical history, gender, faith, gender identity and expression as well as sexual orientation. UAB also encourages applications from individuals with disabilities and veterans.


How to Apply

UAB has retained Academic Med to lead this national search effort. Inquiries, nominations, and applications are invited. The review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Confidential inquiries may be addressed to the Academic Med consultants supporting this search:

Jim Hagood, Managing Director of Academic Med (jim@academic-med.com)