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Research centers at Washington University study a wide variety of public health issues that affect the local, national, and global communities. 

For more details about the five Centers within the Institute for Public Health, visit:
Center for Community Health & Partnerships
Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging
Global Health Center
Center for Dissemination & Implementation
Public Health Data & Training Center

Research Centers

Siteman Cancer Center 
The Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine is an international leader in cancer treatment, research, prevention, education and community outreach. It is the only cancer center in Missouri and within a 240-mile radius of St. Louis to hold the prestigious Comprehensive Cancer Center designation from the National Cancer Institute and membership in the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. From radiological techniques in cancer diagnosis and therapy to stem cell biology, researchers at the Siteman Cancer Center are closing in on important advances in cancer care and prevention.

Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences
The overall goal of the Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences is to serve as the intellectual and physical home for clinical and translational research, clinical research training, and career development to help overcome the traditional boundaries between disciplines, departments and institutions.

The Genome Institute
The Genome Institute is a world leader in genomics research. They played a leadership role in The Human Genome Project and continue to advance the state of the art in genome sequencing and its application to human health.

Center for Mental Health Services Research

Through its national network of collaborative research partners, the Center for Mental Health Services Research works with public social service agencies to build a base of evidence designed to address the challenges of delivering mental health services to vulnerable populations. The center is one of only eleven centers of its kind in the country and the only one part of a social work school.

Prevention Research Center in St. Louis
The Prevention Research Center in St. Louis is a joint effort between Washington University in St. Louis and Saint Louis University. The Center explores the behaviors that place Americans at risk for chronic diseases such as obesity, cancer, and stroke. Center researchers are particularly concerned with the improvement of the quality of life among special populations: the young, elderly, and the uninsured.

Center for Public Health Systems Science

The mission of the Center for Public Health Systems Science (formerly the Center for Tobacco Policy Research) is to create sustainable solutions to public health problems. They achieve this by conducting research and evaluation, leading to better integration of theory and practice; greater understanding of whole systems; improve health policies; and rapid adoption of evidence-based policies and procedures.

Center for Violence and Injury Prevention
The Center for Violence and Injury Prevention is a CDC-funded research center that pulls from multiple disciplines and partnerships to advance the prevention science and develop evidence-based, real-world strategies for preventing child maltreatment, intimate partner violence, sexual violence, and suicide attempts.

Health Communication Research Laboratory 
Health Communication Research Laboratory is one of the leading centers in the US dedicated to the research, development, and dissemination of health communication programs that enhance the health of individuals and populations. The Lab also operates the Center for Cultural Cancer Communications.

Center for Obesity Prevention and Policy Research 
The Center for Obesity Prevention and Policy Research develops and disseminates new knowledge to inform the creation and implementation of programs and policies designed to prevent obesity.

Center for Diabetes Translation Research
The Center for Diabetes Translation Research will focus on translating interventions that have demonstrated efficacy into real world health care settings, communities, and populations at risk. The Center leverages the scientific resources of multiple NIH and other funded centers relevant to the prevention of Type 2 diabetes at Washington University.

Diabetes Research and Training Center
The Diabetes Research and Training Center provides resources for the support and coordination of the research and training activities in diabetes and related metabolic and endocrine disorders of a large and growing number of independently funded but highly interactive investigators. 

The Transdisciplinary Research on Energetics and Cancer (TREC) Center
TREC is part of a National Cancer Institute (NCI) major research initiative aimed at reducing cancer linked with obesity, poor diet and low levels of physical activity. This innovative transdisciplinary approach to cancer research moves beyond traditional risk factor associations to look at multilevel and multigenerational associations. Through four research projects and five cores, TREC@WUSTL aims to answer the question: What are the factors in the molecular and social environments that influence energetics to produce cancer throughout the lifespan?

Alzheimer's Disease Research Center
The Charles F. and Joanne Knight Alzheimer's Disease Research Center (Knight ADRC) works to facilitate advanced research on the clinical, genetic, neuropathological, neuroanatomical, biomedical, psychosocial, and neuropsychological aspects of Alzheimer's disease and related brain disorders.

Transplant Epidemiology Research Collaboration (TERC)
TERC’s mission is to establish multidisciplinary groups among the different schools of Washington University, focusing on outcome research in transplantation.