The Alabama Life Research Institute (ALRI) will serve as a focal point for interdisciplinary bio-psychosocial research that seeks to investigate the human condition at all levels, from the molecular to the environmental. All ALRI research efforts– from the study of genetic anomalies to governmental policy, from drug discovery to prosthetic design, from education to behavior change–seek to improve life, whether through the reduction of morbidity and mortality, the elimination of health inequity, or other quality-of-life improvements. In these efforts, the ALRI will collaborate across the University, as well as with peer institutions, health care corporations, governmental agencies, community-based organizations and other concerned individuals.