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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. 
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Professor Linda Hirst Awarded BLCS Hilsum Medal
The British Liquid Crystal Society's Cyril Hilsum Medal recognizes Prof. Hirst's contributions to liquid crystal science and technology.
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Welcome HSRI's New Director
Read the welcome letter from HSRI Director Deb Wiebe. 

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 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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Featured News

November 18, 2019
UC Merced health experts will join other Central Valley medical leaders on Friday, Nov. 22, for the Rural Poverty and Health Equity Summit in Delano.
November 8, 2019

  Deepti Chittamuru won the best abstract award — out of 700 abstracts submitted — at the 17th International Conference on Communication in Healthcare. She was also awarded the Health Equity...

November 8, 2019
UC Merced's Medical Spanish Service Learning Project will hold a free Spanish-language health conference for the community on Saturday, Nov. 16, with sessions on topics including preventative...

Events and Happenings


Leo and Dottie Kolligian Library, 101

This is the deadline for a number of UCEAP Study Abroad opportunities beginning spring 2021 in the following countries: Australia, Barbados, Belgium...

Classroom and Office Building 2, 290

Would a stack of pizzas, a room full of friends and your laptop be enough to get you to complete your study abroad application? If you’re working on...

Joseph Edward Gallo Recreation and Wellness Center

UC Merced men's basketball hosts Simpson University in the California Pacific Conference.

Joseph Edward Gallo Recreation and Wellness Center

UC Merced men's basketball hosts Embry-Riddle(AZ) in the California Pacific Conference.