• Inspiring Excellence through Research

On May 12, 2014, the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine (ACOM) received an $833,256 donation from the Southeast Alabama Medical Center Foundation to establish an on-campus research facility.Research_Announcement_Check_Presentation

The research facility is the first campus expansion since ACOM opened in July 2013. The funding was made possible through donations tothe Foundation’s What If? Capital Campaign. ACOM will begin renovating an existing building on campus to house the fully-functional research facility.

The donation is the single largest gift the Foundation has given since its inception in 2007. To date, the Foundation has received more than $8 million in donations, with $3 million designated to the What If? Capital Campaign.

ACOM’s interests will focus on bench (basic science) research, clinical research, medical education research and translational research with the goal of impacting the field of medicine across all disciplines.

The 2,944-square-foot facility will include a microbiology lab, tissue culture space, microscope room, histology and anatomy lab, chemical storage and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) room. ACOM will initially invest approximately $300,000 in scientific equipment for the space. The facility will provide ample space for ACOM faculty to begin research endeavors and continue previous research, as well as the ability to secure federal research grants for the college.

Construction on the facility is slated to begin in early June and is expected to be completed by the end of August.

  • Construction Timeline

    • Construction slated to begin: June 2014
    • Construction slated to finish: August 2014
  • Research Contacts

    • James D. Foster, PhD, Interim Associate Dean of Molecular Medicine & Research
    • Michael Bradbury, PhD, Chair of the ACOM Research Committee
  • Recent Achievements

    • 16 ACOM Faculty and Skilled Academic Staff Awarded Medical Education Research Certificate (MERC) from Association of American Medical Colleges.