The ALRI brings together researchers from education, engineering, behavioral science, natural sciences, neuroscience, population and public health, arts and humanities, and business to study problems that directly affect the health and well-being of individuals and communities in Alabama, as well as across the nation and world. We work toward ensuring that individuals in rural Alabama have adequate access to health care. We seek the causes and treatment of neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism spectrum disorder.  We research treatment and prevention solutions to cancers. We seek to make the lives of our aging population healthier and safe. We research solutions to attain equity in the classroom, treat addiction, reduce childhood obesity and more to ensure healthy, prospering communities. An important feature of ALRI is that we understand the importance of our community and also seek to ensure that our work incorporates community voices to ensure that it has the impact we desire—improving the lives of Alabamians.