Through a range of research initiatives and centers, the School of Public Health and Health Professions is contributing to improved health for populations, communities and individuals.
The Center on Health and Housing is a collaboration of the School of Public Health and Health Professions and the School of Architecture and Planning. The center focuses on research and technical assistance in the design of the built environment that will foster the health and functioning of all people, including those with disabilities.
The Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) is a long-term, national health study that has focused on strategies for preventing heart disease, breast and colorectal cancer, and osteoporotic fractures in postmenopausal women. The Buffalo WHI center is one of 40 across the country and has nearly 4,000 participants from Western New York. Nationwide, there are more than 160,000 participants enrolled in the WHI.
The Population Health Observatory (PHO) is a public health research, training and informatics center. PHO faculty and students apply biostatistical and computational expertise to analyze large population-based data sets, mining information from them to enhance knowledge and practice of public health.
The Center for Research and Education in Special Environments (CRESE) is a center of excellence for applied physiology. The CRESE facility can simulate any environment, from the extremes of the deep ocean to desert, arctic and rainforest climates to high altitude and space. CRESE also houses a unique altitude and wet hyperbaric chamber bracketing 100,000 ft of altitude and 5,600 ft of depth. The center also has the world’s only annular (endless) pool, and operates one of the world’s few human-rated centrifuges.
The Center on Knowledge Translation for Technology Transfer (KT4TT) is funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research within the Center for Assistive Technology. KT4TT is focused on improving the efficiency and effectiveness of programs intending to create innovative technology-based devices and services to generate beneficial socioeconomic impacts.
The Center for International Rehabilitation Research Information and Exchange (CIRRIE) facilitates the sharing of information about rehabilitation research and related expertise between the United States and other countries. CIRRIE also creates curriculum materials for professional programs in speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy and rehabilitation counseling.
The Center for Assistive Technology (CAT) develops and synthesizes knowledge about assistive devices to aid people with functional impairments. Multidisciplinary research activities involve faculty from the School of Public Health and Health Professions’ Department of Rehabilitation Science as well as UB departments such as architecture and planning; communicative disorders and sciences; counseling and educational psychology; geriatric medicine; law; mechanical, electrical and industrial engineering; nursing; rehabilitation medicine; and special education.
The Center for Assistive Technology (CAT) Client Services team provides awareness of the use of Assistive Technology (AT) helping people of all ages with various disabilities, illnesses and functional impairments apply AT for daily living, school, work, recreational and leisure activities. Services can help people live more independent lives and also facilitate improved health, wellness and disease prevention.
The Aging and Technology Research Center is dedicated to promoting health and independent living among older adults and their caregivers. The center researches technological solutions to problems associated with aging.
The Behling Simulation Center is a center of excellence which fosters a highly collaborative approach in the use of simulation technologies for the improvement of health care education.