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 for 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 Neuroscience 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.

Alzheimer's Disease Resource Center for Minority Aging Research

The Rio Grande Valley Alzheimer's Disease Resource Center for Minority Aging Research (AD-RCMAR) was created in 2018 to conduct research aimed at reducing the impacts of Alzheimer's disease and related disorders among Hispanics. The RGV AD-RCMAR leads and coordinates efforts across UTRGV Colleges and administrative offices to partner with patient advocacy groups, community-based organizations, private and public healthcare providers, state and federal agencies and other academic institutions to enhance the diversity of the workforce of minority aging research, develop and support infrastructure and data collections and to develop interventions and services for prevention, care and treatment of dementia, tailored to Hispanics.