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In 1996, the AIDS Research Institute was established by the Regents of the University of California to coordinate the diverse AIDS research and clinical activities on the UCSD campus. The Institute is housed within the School of Medicine at UCSD. By coordinating and promoting scientific research and exchange within the academic community, as well as providing clinical resources and education to the community at large, our members strive to halt the spread of HIV and AIDS through cutting-edge research, innovative clinical trials, and public education.
The Center for Academic Research and Training in Anthropogeny (CARTA) seeks to explore and explain the origins of the human phenomenon. CARTA is a transdisciplinary and scholarly effort involving UC San Diego and Salk Institute faculty, along with an international panel of prominent experts. At CARTA, research and discourse span an array of academic specialties. It is from this unique approach that we ask and explore the fundamental questions that comprise anthropogeny: "Where did we humans come from?" and "How did we get here?" We are also deeply interested in important questions arising from these investigations: • What are the practical applications for humans today? • Where are we humans going in the future? • How are we different from, and similar to, other animals? CARTA addresses the following broad topics: • Human and Non-Human Primate Genetics and Evolution • Paleoanthropology and Hominid Origins • Mammalian and Primate Neurosciences • Primate Biology and Medicine • Language, Communication and Cognition • Nature-Nurture Interactions in Explaining Language and Cognition • Human and Primate Society and Culture • Comparative Developmental Biology of Primates • General Theories for Explaining Humans
CTRI helps researchers obtain the education, resources, and collaborations necessary to translate discoveries into practice. It is a partnership among institutions dedicated to improving human health: UC San Diego, local academic institutions, industry, non-profit agencies, government, and most importantly, the community. The CTRI is partially funded by a Clinical and Translational Research Award (CTSA) from the National Institutes of Health. The CTRI advances health care through interactions between basic scientists, clinical investigators, trainees, community physicians, trainees, and patients. It intends to decrease the barriers that inhibit productivity, and to increase the rapid translation of research progress into new therapies by: • Fostering innovative research and research partnerships (at UCSD, Salk, Sanford-Burnham, LIAI, and other institutional partners, local biotech organizations, community hospitals, and also with other CTSA-funded UC campuses and national academic institutions) • Creating and sustaining research resources and infrastructure (including cores, services, and training for translational research and information technology) • Ensuring a translational research pipeline through education and career development programs (for junior faculty, medical and graduate doctoral candidates, community physicians, high school students, and other learners). Offerings include pilot research grants • Developing new outreach and strengthening existing relationships with patients and health advocacy groups
CRBS exists to provide human resources, high technology equipment, and administrative services to scientists researching cell structure and function relationships in central nervous system processes, cardiovascular networking, and muscular contraction through multiple scales and modalities. CRBS facilitates an interdisciplinary infrastructure in which people from biology, medicine, chemistry, and physics can work with those from computer science and information technologies in collaborative research. Researchers share interests in the study of complex biological systems at many scales, from the structures of enzymes, proteins, and the body's chemical communications network at atomic and molecular levels, to an organism's physiology, strength, and support at cellular and tissue levels.
In the last few decades, a field called "Glycobiology" emerged, which is essentially the study of the molecular and cellular biology of glycans (known to be intimately involved in many aspects of physiology, biology, pathology and biotechnology) and their biological roles in health and disease. UCSD and the La Jolla area developed major programs in glycobiology. These developments resulted in the formation of the Glycobiology Research and Training Center at UCSD about 10 years ago, which brought together a wide range of faculty interested in glycans. The Center focuses both on research and training and obtained extramural support and recognition rapidly
IGM is a center of excellence for organizing the multi-disciplinary resources necessary to effectively translate the discoveries of genetic and genomic research from "bench to bedside". The IGM aims to link clinical and genomic information to facilitate personalized health care. By combining UCSD's expertise in Genetics, Disease Biology, and Clinical Practice with its strengths in Computer Science, Bioinformatics, and Systems Biology, the IGM is uniquely positioned to support all activities along the continuum of genomic medicine.
Established in 1979, the UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center is one of just 40 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the United States, and the only one in the San Diego region. The Cancer Center's mission is to translate promising scientific discoveries into new and better options for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer, and for the amelioration of pain. From research in molecular genetics to the most advanced treatments, the Moores Cancer Center is at the forefront of the fight against cancer, developing promising new therapies and making them available to cancer patients throughout the region.
Over the past 25 years, the Stein Institute has brought together a critical mass of scientific talent, encouraged and funded age-related research (including over 85 pilot grants), purchased needed scientific equipment, supported the education of over 150 students, and provided over 275 public lectures on aging as part of its general community outreach. Today, the Stein Institute for Research on Aging is advancing aging research at the UCSD School of Medicine by conducting basic and clinical research, enhancing collaboration among UCSD's world-renowned scientists, and attracting new researchers to the field - all with the ultimate objective of helping more people age successfully.