Improving Lives

Auburn research improves lives in practical and significant ways. We strengthen communities and empower citizens through Extension and outreach. Auburn is more than an academic institution to our state — it’s a trusted resource and lifelong friend.


Fighting a devastating health epidemic

Alabama has one of the highest opioid prescribing rates in the country. Auburn attacks the epidemic head-on through education and researchA partnership with the Alabama Department of Mental Health trains health care providers, such as doctors, pharmacists and nurses, and community members, such as social workers, educators and law enforcement, to identify and prevent opioid abuse.

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Military Reach

Transforming military families’ lives

Military families and service members face unique challenges. Auburn Military REACH project transforms data and research into practical, actionable solutions for military families. By taking a holistic approach, we impact the lives and futures of service members and their families.  

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Now in its eigth year, this speaker series features presentations and discussion of topics that make Auburn a vibrant and engaging university. Join us on football Friday afternoons at 3 p.m.


Providing hope through groundbreaking discovery

GM1 gangliosidosis is a fatal genetic disease that strikes young children. Now, there is reason for hope, thanks to a gene therapy created by Auburn veterinary medicine researchers. The therapy was recently administered in a clinical trial.

The gene therapy is the result of decades of study by researchers at the College of Veterinary Medicine. Cats, like humans, are carriers of the disease, and the Auburn-developed treatment dramatically improved the cats’ quality of life and survival. The treatment is delivered by a single IV injection that takes less than an hour.

The first clinical trial of the gene therapy was recently administered in a child at the National Institutes of Health, or NIH, in Bethesda, Maryland. The clinical trial was a milestone accomplishment that followed a long collaboration between Auburn, NIH and the University of Massachusetts. The work even included the help of an Auburn student whose brother died from GM1. Recently, the gene therapy product was licensed to Axovant Gene Therapies Ltd., a clinical-stage company developing innovative gene therapies.


Improving food quality, advancing the industry

The poultry industry is Alabama’s top agribusiness and contributes $15 billion to the state’s economy. Auburn’s Department of Poultry Science is a global industry leader. Our discoveries increase industry efficiency and impact our economy and health.

Expansions at the Miller Poultry Research and Education Center advance Auburn’s role as a global leader in poultry education, research and outreach. The state-of-the-art 30-acre facility reflects every detail of the American poultry industry—from hatching to housing to processing and beyond—and offers a comprehensive lab environment for students and research faculty as well as industry professionals across the nation. Research at the Miller Center will target key issues of efficiency and sustainability in poultry production, avian health and well-being, and food safety and quality.


Empowering patients through care and education

Auburn nursing students play an active role in Alabamians’ health. Outreach programs in communities across the state provide preventive screening, nursing care, health teaching and health promotion for many people who have limited access to health care. Hands-on experience prepares Auburn nurses for professional practice.

Outreach programs in communities throughout the state provide preventive screening, nursing care and education for many people with limited access to health care.

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Last updated: November 18, 2019