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See a list and links to School of Medicine Organized Research Units (ORUs).

CARTA - Center for Academic Research and Training in Anthropogeny

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

GRTC - Glycobiology Research and Training Center

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

UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center

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.

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