Campus News - February 11, 2002

HSC one of eight in country to house American Indian Research Center

The UNM Health Sciences Center will be one of eight locations nationally to establish an American Indian Research Center. The centers are being created with $3 million in funding by the U.S. Indian Health Service to focus on medical research relevant to Native American communities.

HSC will partner with the New Mexico Tribal Healthcare Alliance, an organization developed in partnership with the Albuquerque Area Indian Health Service from 26 New Mexico sovereign tribes and one urban tribal organization, to establish the center.

UNM and the alliance will develop community-based research programs focused on health improvement and maintenance and to conduct collaborative biomedical research. The center will also work to develop a cadre of Native American healthcare professionals trained in research techniques through expanded training and mentoring efforts.

“These funds will increase the capacity of tribes and universities to work in partnership to reverse a trend of Indian communities frequently being the subject of research and not benefiting from that research,” said Dr. Michael Trujillo, director of the Indian Health Service.

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