The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

The Office of the Associate Dean of Research UTRGV School of Medicine

Centers & Institutes

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The South Texas Diabetes and Obesity Institute (STDOI)

The STDOI was the first institute ever to be established within the newly created University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.  The institute was established on October 13, 2014 and recruited world-class biomedical researchers.  Research is currently underway with a focus on diabetes, obesity, heart disease, ocular health, psychiatric disease, osteoporosis, and infectious diseases to address health disparities in the region.

The Institute of Neuroscience

The Institute of Neuroscience at the Clinical Education Building in Harlingen is at the heart of the educational, research and community engagement efforts of the Department of Psychiatry and Neurology and the Division of Neurosciences at the School of Medicine. It serves as the integrating point and driving force behind the developing of cutting edge multidisciplinary science, state of the art clinical services, innovative community outreach improving health and care, and engagement with hospital partners. The UniMovil, a mobile health van designed to focus research teams on conducting health studies in the community, features internet connectivity, laboratory, and pharmacy services over our four county area significantly impacting individual and population neurobehavioral health in a concrete and tangible way. All of these initiatives include integrated, team-based collaborative care, bringing together training programs in psychiatry, neurology, internal medicine/family medicine, preventive medicine/behavioral health, and psychology. Research endeavors under way include collaborative efforts with the College of Engineer and Computer Sciences, and the Department of Psychology of the College of Health Affairs, on neuromodulation, brain machine interfaces, robotic rehabilitation, cross-modal perception, neuroimaging and genetics of complex disorders.