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.
There are several externally-funded research centers located within the School of Public Health and Health Professions. These centers provide for interdisciplinary faculty, staff and student collaboration and training.
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 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 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 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 socio-economic impacts.
The System-oriented Global Childhood Obesity Intervention Program is an international collaborative program that brings together researchers in the childhood obesity and related research fields worldwide to fight the global childhood epidemic through systems science guided research and intervention programs including some ongoing projects funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other funding sources.
The mission of the program is to:
The program is directed by Youfa Wang, MD, MS, PhD, professor of epidemiology, environmental health and pediatrics at the UB School of Public Health and Health Professions and School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Key collaborators are from various institutions in multiple countries. The ongoing research projects of the program range from those based on large cohort studies, analysis of large data set from multiple sources, school-based intervention trails, Internet-based interventions, systematic review and analysis of published research, to systems modeling supported simulation studies.
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 Centre on Health in 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 cardiovascular disease, cancer and osteoporotic fractures in postmenopausal women. The initial WHI study began in 1993 and involved more than 162,000 women nationally, about 4,000 from Western New York. UB plays a significant role in the continuation of the project through its standing as one of four regional WHI centers around the country.
Our faculty and students have access to research centers housed throughout the university, including in the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
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.