UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center Magazine Fall 2016 - Page 9

An Economic Engine at Work The Cancer Center is also a significant part of the economic engine that drives Birmingham and the region. “Every research lab we have is like a small business,” says Dr. Partridge. “When you attract high-caliber faculty and researchers, the impact trickles down to the community. Our recruits buy homes and settle their families here, but they also support the scientific workforce, for example, by hiring supply and equipment vendors, contractors and laborers for the construction and renovation of laboratory facilities, as well as administrators and managers who support the research infrastructure.” Since 2010, the Cancer Center has recruited 63 investigators to its multiple programs. They include renowned senior clinician scientists such as Harry Erba, M.D., Ph.D., hematological mali