Because of large-scale macrosocial forces including globalization, urbanization, health disparities and population aging, the world’s health needs are changing. These complex problems demand interdisciplinary approaches and system-based solutions. Toward this end, we are building a vibrant community of scholars and cultivating interdisciplinary collaborations among faculty in the college, across the university and with other institutions to address complex public health problems.

 

Joint College Ignite Colloquia

In Spring 2017, we organized and co-hosted Joint-College Ignite Research Colloquia during which faculty presented their research passions and expertise to spark interdisciplinary conversations and 'ignite' the audience with research ideas, stimulate thought and promote collaborations.

 

Joint College-Funded Pilot Studies

Following the Ignite Research Colloquia, we awarded funding for six, one-year collaborative projects each with a PI from the representative colleges:

  • Alternative Techniques for Ensuring Microbiological Safety of Donor Breast Milk to Improve Enzyme Activity, Digestion and Premature Infant Growth: David Dallas, Joy Waite-Cusic
  • Experiences of Food Security, Safety Net Utilization and Social Support among Latino Food System Workers in Oregon: Stephanie Grutzmacher, Lauren Gwin
  • Optimizing Premature Infant Glucose Balance via Continuous Glucose Monitoring and Data-controlled Glucose Infusion: David Dallas, Adam Higgins
  • Street View Imagery and Deep Learning Applications for Environmental Epidemiology and Precision Medicine: Perry Hystad, Lizhong Chen
  • Real-world Tracking of Modified Ride-On Car Use: William Smart, Sam Logan
  • Integrating Climate and Health Within the Global Prospective Urban and Rural Epidemiology Study: Perry Hystad, David Wrathall