Centers & Institutes
The centers and institutes at Texas A&M Health Science Center allow for focused discovery in key areas of health research and implementation. Each group specializes in meaningful approaches to effecting change and advancing basic and clinical research.
Center for Airborne Pathogen Research and Tuberculosis Imaging
The Center for Airborne Pathogen Research and Tuberculosis Imaging (CAPRI) is a multidisciplinary, multi-institutional organization that combines the expertise of researchers who investigate pathogens that are principally transmitted via an aerosol route.
Center for Community Health Development
The mission of the Center for Community Health Development is to work collaboratively with communities and other partners to translate, evaluate, and disseminate effective individual, organizational, community, and regional strategies for addressing critical public health and health-related issues in rural and underserved populations.
Center for Craniofacial Research & Diagnosis
The mission of the Center for Craniofacial Research & Diagnosis is to increase our understanding of normal and pathological craniofacial biology leading to better patient treatment of the craniofacial region. Organizationally, the center represents a consortium of both internal and external related, but independent research programs that share a common interest in basic craniofacial biology with the translational goal of new treatments.
Center for Epigenetics & Disease Prevention
The mission of the Center for Epigenetics & Disease Prevention is to identify novel protective agents from natural sources and, via a new “field-to-clinic” paradigm, test for efficacy in human subjects. Epigenetics research is at the frontier of biomedical research, and the epigenome is one of the most promising targets for disease prevention.
Center for Health Organization Transformation
The Center for Health Organization Transformation is an industry-university cooperative research center (I/UCRC) funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and health organizations to conduct research supporting major management, clinical and information technology innovations in health care. This center conducts research to support the implementation of evidence-based transformational strategies within healthcare organizations.
Center for Infectious and Inflammatory Diseases
Infection can be regarded as a war where the pathogenic microorganism is the attacker and we are the defender. The Center for Infectious and Inflammatory Disease is interested in understanding the molecular details of pathogenic microorganisms to design strategies to block the attack molecules of the microbe and boost the defense systems of the challenged host. The goal is to develop novel strategies and products to prevent and treat infectious diseases.
Center for Microencapsulation and Drug Delivery
The Center for Microencapsulation and Drug Delivery is a multidisciplinary faculty group from five colleges with the capability to design and test delivery of pharmaceuticals. Ongoing research includes basic and applied microencapsulation technologies for biomedical use, controlled release drug delivery systems, non-biomedical applications in nanotechnology, molecular biology assay systems, and microcapsule products for petrochemical, agricultural and environmental control industries.
Center for Population Health and Aging
The Center for Population Health and Aging is dedicated to promoting population health and successful aging through innovations in research, education and practice that examine social, behavioral, economic, environmental, and technological solutions linking academic and real-world clinical and community settings. This center strives to improve geriatric care, evaluate policy issues related to population aging, grow the pipeline of experts in gerontology and geriatrics, and identify interventions for promoting healthy aging across the life course.
Center for Translational Cancer Research
The mission of the Center for Translational Cancer Research is to promote the translation of discoveries in cancer cell biology into interventions of value in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease.
Center for Translational Environmental Health Research
The goal of the Center for Translational Environmental Health Research is to improve human environmental health by integrating advances in basic, biomedical and engineering research across translational boundaries from the laboratory to the clinic and to the community and back.
Southwest Rural Health Research Center
The Southwest Rural Health Research Center is a nationally funded and recognized center established more than a decade ago to address the needs of rural and underserved populations across Texas and the nation. The center comprises a unique combination of faculty expertise in health policy, health economics, aging, long-term care, health law, epidemiology and biostatistics, and chronic disease.
Texas A&M Clinical Learning Resource Center
The Clinical Learning Resource Center (CLRC) trains and educates students, area hospitals and clinic groups. Inside the center, students refine their fundamental and clinical skills in a controlled, simulated health care environment. Highly specialized instructional technology is utilized, including computer-programmed full-body manikins with the capacity to realistically simulate a range of physiological states and responses.
Texas A&M Center for Innovation in Advanced Development and Manufacturing
The Center for Innovation in Advanced Development and Manufacturing is accelerating research and development of vaccines and therapeutics and will rapidly produce these products in case of pandemics or other national emergencies.
Texas A&M Coastal Bend Health Education Center
The Texas A&M Coastal Bend Health Education Center is committed to improving the quality of health care in the Coastal Bend by advancing the knowledge and skills of health care professionals, students and the community through partnerships in education, research and technology. As a proud partner of Texas A&M Healthy South Texas, services have expanded beyond the Coastal Bend to improve health outcomes throughout a 27-county area.
Texas A&M Ergonomics Center
The Texas A&M Ergonomics Center aims to improve worker performance, safety and health by applying ergonomic designs and interventions to existing and emerging technologies. We focus on the impacts of aging, sedentary behavior, obesity and technology design on the health and productivity of the current and future workforce. The center’s research and activities focus on a wide variety of occupational health and safety topics including office ergonomics, effective procedure writing and displays, occupational biomechanics and cognitive workload evaluation.
The USA Center for Rural Public Health Preparedness
The USA Center for Rural Public Health Preparedness strengthens the public health workforce readiness in predominantly rural and underserved areas through implementation of lifelong learning programs. The center also strengthens the capacity at state, regional, local and tribal levels for a rural public health emergency response.
A&M Rural & Community Health Institute
The A&M Rural and Community Health Institute (ARCHI) is a health extension center offering programs that promote safe, effective health care practices. ARCHI serves as a bridge for health care professionals and their organizations with academic centers, policymakers and researchers to improve the quality and safety of patient care. For some small community or rural facilities that may find it difficult to produce certain programs and services on their own, the institute provides simple solutions.
Cardiovascular Research Institute
The Cardiovascular Research Institute fosters communication and collaboration among faculty involved in cardiovascular research, education and training. The major objective of this institute is to discover and disseminate new knowledge about the heart, blood vessels and lymphatics in normal and disease states.
Clinical Science and Translational Research Institute
The Clinical Science and Translational Research (CSTR) Institute is a multi-institutional initiative of Texas A&M University and Health Science Center, and their affiliates, in partnership with Houston Methodist Hospital and Research Institute, to promote the highest quality clinical and translational research across Texas A&M and its partner institutions and train the next generation of researchers capable of expediting the application of biomedical advances into patient care and improved population health.
Institute of Ocular Pharmacology
The major function of the Institute of Ocular Pharmacology is to invent new drugs for eye diseases, including glaucoma, cataracts, ischemic retinopathy, uveitis, dry eyes, myopia and age-related macular degeneration. The institute is active in research, inventing new drugs, elucidating drug action mechanisms, improving formulations for better bioavailability of new and old drugs and researching the safety of effective eye drugs.
Texas A&M and Driscoll Children’s Hospital Global Institute for Hispanic Health
The Global Institute for Hispanic Health advances the health of the Hispanic community, ensuring the needs of the population are addressed when developing new drugs and life-saving therapies. It is closely tied to the Texas A&M Healthy South Texas initiative to improve the health of rural populations throughout the state.
Texas A&M Institute of Biosciences and Technology
Researchers at the Texas A&M Institute of Biosciences and Technology in Houston work to improve the quality of health care through innovative research and education. The institute is organized into centers of research excellence in cancer, genomics and disease, developmental biology and birth defects, and infectious disease.
Texas A&M Institute for Regenerative Medicine
The Texas A&M Institute for Regenerative Medicine (IRM) was established in August 2008 as a joint venture between the Texas A&M College of Medicine, Scott & White Hospital (currently Baylor Scott & White Hospital), and the Temple Bioscience District. The goal of the institute is to bridge the gap between basic science and clinical translation in the field of regenerative medicine and experimental cell therapeutics. Through active collaboration between basic scientists and clinicians in Central Texas, the IRM hopes to tackle the ambitious task of discovering novel therapies for intractable diseases to relieve human suffering.