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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.
Dr. Fabian Filipp Cancer Research Melanoma UC Merced
Unprecedented Melanoma Study Maps Cancer Drivers
Dr. Fabian Filipp makes important discovery in understanding and treating cancer.
Drunken fruit flies cartoon by graduate student Kinsey Brock
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.
Dr Chris Amemiya UC Merced HSRI AAAS
AAAS Fellow Brings Groundbreaking Genetics Research to Campus
HSRI member Professor Chris Amemiya is elected an AAAS Fellow in recognition of his long history of groundbreaking discoveries in genetics.
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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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Featured News

April 16, 2018

Every 10 minutes, someone is added to the national organ transplant waiting list, and about once every hour, someone on the list is removed — either because they died while waiting or grew too ill...

April 13, 2018

The Society of Pediatric Psychology has recognized Professor Deborah Wiebe for her body of research on the psychology of adolescent health. Wiebe, the head of UC Merced’s Health Psychology program...

April 12, 2018

Distinguished Professor Jan Wallander heads to New Orleans today (April 12) to attend a conference and receive the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of...


This is the deadline for a number of UCEAP Study Abroad opportunities beginning spring fall 2019 in the following countries: Argentina, Australia,...
Celebrate Earth Day and learn about conservation with activities and games by student organizations, campus departments and community partners.
The Clothesline Project is an annual national campaign held to raise awareness about the realities of sexual violence. Stop by the CARE table on Scholars...
Our writing tutor, Dorie Perez, has standing office hours each week for students to seek help and guidance on a walk-in basis. Dorie is also available...