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Research Centers at the UCR School of Medicine

The UCR School of Medicine faculty's research expertise spans the range from neuroscience to population health to inflammation to cancer imaging. Our faculty have built upon this base of translational, basic science, and community-engaged research by partnering with colleagues across the UCR campus to create research centers that:

  • Build on excellence in fundamental research, augment translational research, and build capacity and strength in clinical research.
  • Connect research with community relevance through expanded community engagement.
  • Expand collaborative research with other UCR academic units, community-based organizations, and other higher education and research-focused institutions.
  • Increase extramural funding and philanthropic support to sustain and expand the school’s research enterprise.

Bridging Regional Ecology and Aerosolized Toxins to understand Health Effects (BREATHE)

bridge artThe BREATHE Center at the University of California, Riverside School of Medicine is a multidisciplinary collaborative for studies Bridging Regional Ecology, Aerosolized Toxins, and Health Effects. Research efforts among our collaborative include regional climate modeling, culture and policy studies on air quality and health, environmental justice and health disparities, and the health impacts of aerosolized particles including dusts, soil microbes, allergenic pollens from invasive species, and pollutants.

Center for Healthy Communities

chc logoThe Center for Healthy Communities (CHC) at the University of California, Riverside promotes research to improve the health of the culturally and economically diverse communities in Inland Southern California, especially those that are medically underserved.

The center fosters collaborations between UCR faculty, community-based organizations, grass-roots community leaders, and investigators at RAND and UCLA. Although the center is housed in the UCR School of Medicine, the intention is for it to be of benefit to all UCR faculty and programs and to community-based partners.

Center for Glial Neuronal Interactions (CGNI)

CGNI logoThe Center for Glial-Neuronal Interactions (CGNI) brings together a diverse set of researchers seeking to define the neuronal-glial interactions required for optimal brain and spinal cord function as well as for prevention and therapeutic intervention of neurodevelopmental, neurologic and neurodegenerative diseases and disorders, including

  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Autism-spectrum disorders
  • Epilepsy
  • Huntington's disease
  • Ischemia (stroke)
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Schizophrenia
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (concussions)

Center for Molecular & Translational Medicine (MolMed)

molmed iconThe Center for Molecular and Translational Medicine (MolMed) at the University of California, Riverside is a multi-disciplinary center that brings together researchers and clinicians from across the campus to help improve the health of individuals by translating basic findings into diagnostic tools or therapeutics.

Members of the center are working on novel treatments in a variety of medical fields, including:

  • Degenerative diseases
  • Immunology
  • Infectious and inflammatory diseases
  • Neurodegeneartive diseases
  • Oncology
  • Stroke
  • Traumatic brain injury

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