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UC Merced Takes Steps to Curtail Spread of COVID-19
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Faculty Funding Success Initiative
The inaugural cohort of faculty fellows learned proven tools to communicate their goals and secure research funding. 
Grad Students Can Now Join HSRI!
HSRI encourages any graduate student doing health related research to join us as a member. 
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Professor Jing Xu working to understand Alzheimers
HSRI member Xu's work is supported by a prestigious R15 award from the National Institutes of Health 
Hellman Fellowship Winners
Four of the six winners of the 2019-2020 Hellman Fellowship are HSRI members, read more about their projects. 

Health Sciences Research Institute at UC Merced

The Health Sciences Research Institute (HSRI) was established in May 2012 as the second Organized Research Unit at UC Merced and is the University's focal point for health and medical research.

With over 100 faculty members across UC Merced's three schools (Engineering, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences, Humanities & Arts), HSRI aims to foster world-renowned researchers through its work to improve the health of the people in the San Joaquin Valley and beyond.

HSRI members are also engaged in translational research, evaluation and effectiveness research, and public health systems and services research.

California map with San Joaquin Valley insetSan Joaquin Valley regional health issues include asthma, valley fever (coccidioidomycosis), obesity, diabetes, cancer, hypertension, heart disease, risky teen behaviors, teen tobacco use, sexually transmitted diseases, hepatitis, and many others.

The opportunities to address the growing and complex health issues of the San Joaquin Valley and beyond require inter- and multidisciplinary teams.

HSRI’s collaborative multidisciplinary research clusters and community emphasis provide an opportunity to rapidly develop, test, and disseminate new ways of improving health and delivering healthcare.

This will help establish UC Merced as a world-renowned research university while improving the health of the people in the San Joaquin Valley.

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UC Merced Campus

Summer Session C is a six-week session that begins July 6 and ends Aug. 14.

UC Merced Campus

Summer Session B is an eight-week session that begins June 22 and ends Aug. 14.

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UC Merced Campus

Summer session A is a six-week session that begins May 25 and runs through July 2.