UC Davis Invests $4 Million to Launch New Research Centers

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Professor Janine LaSalle, Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology and associate director of the Genome Center (left), and Professor Leigh Ann Simmons, chair of the Department of Human Ecology, will lead a new center using tools from economics to genome science to discover and tackle the origins of health disparities. The center is one four multidisciplinary centers to be funded under the new UC Davis IMPACT program. (UC Davis photo)

By Lisa Howard on September, 12, 2019

"The University of California, Davis, is investing $4 million over three years to launch four new research centers that align campus strengths with unique opportunities for global impact. The UC Davis Office of Research initiative is designed to promote new, sustainable, inter- and multidisciplinary research activity that responds to society’s greatest challenges and needs. 

'Multi- and interdisciplinary research enables breakthroughs in resolving some of the world’s most intractable problems and opens up entirely new and exciting research fields,' said Prasant Mohapatra, vice chancellor for research at UC Davis. 'By building on synergies between individuals and organizations, the IMPACT Program will harness the power of complementary knowledge and capabilities to accelerate and amplify impact from research.'

Four centers were selected from a pool of 64 applicants following a peer review process by a panel of experts consisting of faculty from UC Davis and other institutions. The panel evaluated projects using multiple criteria, including scientific merit, plans for self-sustainability and potential for impact.

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