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Reseachers Examine Barriers to Organ Donation and Possible Remedies
UC Merced Economics Professor Kurt Schnier reveals that increasing the incentives and eliminating barriers for donors greatly improves other people’s chances of receiving life-saving transplants.
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Unprecedented Melanoma Study Maps Cancer Drivers
Dr. Fabian Filipp makes important discovery in understanding and treating cancer.
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Humans aren’t the only species with a well-developed drinking culture
Learn more about the effects of alcohol on fruit flies, and how this groundbreaking research has implications for human health.
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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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