Existing Centers and Organizations of Excellence at UCI

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iMove’s Mission is to improve the lives of people with neural injuries in Orange County and the world beyond by empowering UCI engineering, science, and medical students to create innovative robotics and information technologies that enhance movement ability, personal motivation, and physical fitness.

California Alliance for Minority Participation

California Alliance for Minority Participation:

The Louis Stokes California Alliance for Minority Participation (CAMP) is an NSF-funded program shared across nine UC campuses (Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, San Diego, Riverside, and Merced). Its goal is to enhance diversity in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields at the Ph.D. and faculty level by providing financial and professional development support to students from groups underrepresented in these fields.

Ridge to Reef

Ridge to Reef:

Urban and suburban areas, particularly in southern California, face multiple environmental challenges such as wildfires, pollution, and sea-level rise. To address these challenges successfully will require strong partnerships that cross academic and government agency boundaries and that engage all stakeholders. This National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) award to the University of California, Irvine, will establish the Ridge-to-Reef (R2R) training program for community-engaged graduate training through partnerships with government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector. The primary goal of R2R is to train the next generation of professionals with the skills required to translate conceptual knowledge into practical environmental solutions.

Pediatric Exercise and Genomics Research Center

Pediatric Exercise and Genomics Research Center:

The UC Irvine Health Pediatric Exercise and Genomics Research Center (PERC) is dedicated to unleashing the healing power of exercise. We know that improving health outcomes for children starts with research.

PERC is one of the few centers in the nation exploring the connection between exercise and the epigenome (the intermediary between genes and the environment causing changes in how genes express themselves). Simply put, PERC is gaining new knowledge about the human body’s response to exercise at the cellular level.

Based within UC Irvine Health School of Medicine — one of the nation’s top medical schools for research — PERC is engaged in an array of pioneering exercise-science studies that can lead to breakthrough results for the next generation.

Stem Cell Research Center

Stem Cell Research Center:

Today’s UC Irvine Stem Cell Research Center is a dynamic center encompassing a diverse array of interdisciplinary investigators that span the schools of Medicine, Biological Sciences, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Engineering, Arts and Law. Our state-of-the-art, LEED Platinum certified research and clinical building houses 23 of our 50 center faculty members.

Center faculty have obtained more than $170 million dollars in grant and foundation funds. Our research programs include a National Institutes of Health (NIH)-sponsored T32 training grant, state of the art shared equipment, research services programs and a seminar series.

Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute

Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute:

The SSIHI’s mission is to transform healthcare through the practice of integrative health by conducting rigorous research, promoting evidence-based treatment modalities, educating the public on wellbeing practices, providing individualized, patient-centered clinical care and providing services to the community that focus on obtaining optimal health.

Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory

Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory:

The Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory at UC Irvine is co-directed by Sunil Gandhi and Michael A. Yassa. It is the first institute in the world dedicated to the study of learning and memory. In 35 years since it was first established in 1983 by the UC Regents, with James L. McGaugh as its Founding Director, it has significantly transformed our understanding of the brain and how it stores information. It has long been heralded as the “Mecca of Learning and Memory” and has been at the forefront of brain science ever since its inception.

The CNLM’s mission is to “crack the memory code”. This is only possible by using a multidisciplinary approach that breaks down the barriers between neuroscientists and bridges across levels of analysis. Research programs at the CNLM are completely integrated, from molecules to mind.

Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Center

Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Center:

The Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Center (OSMC) at UC Irvine takes pride in its comprehensive approach to patient care. The Center is located in Costa Mesa/Newport Beach and provides a multidisciplinary and specialty approach to the care of musculoskeletal conditions.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program:

The mission of UROP is to integrate undergraduate students into the research culture of the University by providing opportunities for faculty and students to work together on research projects. We foster collaborations between students, faculty, corporate entities and government agencies to prepare the undergraduate researcher for the challenges of tomorrow and to inspire them for a life-long passion for discovery and inquiry-based learning. By providing professional environments conducive to research advancement and career skills development, UROP provides students with unique opportunities to develop a wide variety of skills that will be useful in any future career or educational endeavors.

UCI Brain

UCI Brain:

The UCI Brain Initiative was established in July 2018 through the Provost-sponsored academic initiative program. The initiative will advance our knowledge through enabling state-of-the-art collaborative research, developing the next generation of leading neuroscientists and creating an innovative digital hub for resource sharing and interactions. Our priorities include faculty recruitment, investing in new technology, graduate education, high-risk, high-reward research programs and seed funding, and engaging the community. The Initiative is led by a team of leading neuroscientists on UCI’s campus.