Wednesday 27 September 2023
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.
Approximately one quarter of UC Merced faculty members are engaged in research related to human health and over one-third of undergraduate students are enrolled in majors and minors related to human health. With a strong presence of the health sciences in research and education at UC Merced, HSRI is focused on promoting all research in the human health sciences to improve awareness, advocacy and action of health and health disparities.
As an Organized Research Unit at UC Merced, HSRI facilitates:
With the growing complex health issues we face today, specific goals of HSRI are to:
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.
San 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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