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Research Pillars

FAU’s most talented faculty, staff and students are expanding on its robust culture of research and inquiry. They’re leveraging regional assets, such as the ocean, patient populations, culture and business, to advance scientific understanding, discover new technologies and contribute to the economic vitality of our region. The university is investing in its research enterprise, and has made significant progress in establishing research pillars focused on institutional strengths.

Healthy Aging (I-HeAL)

The Institute for Healthy Aging and Lifespan Studies is dedicated to the advancement of health through pioneering research and practical application. The institute’s team is redesigning the healthcare infrastructure to create novel intervention programs to improve the care of dementia patients and their caregivers, leading to improved mobility, delayed nursing home placement, reduced hospital re-admission, and decreased costs.

FAU BRAIN Institute (I-BRAIN)

Randy Blakely, Ph.D., joined FAU in May 2016 to lead the FAU BRAIN Institute. FAU’s new institute reflects the U.S. Brain Initiative, a top national research priority.

Blakely, an internationally renowned neuroscientist with expertise in synaptic molecular biology, neurotransmitter transporters, and human genetics, will pursue research collaborations and educational relationships with regional, national and international partners, including Scripps Florida and the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience on the FAU Jupiter campus.

Sensing and Smart Systems (I-SENSE)

Jason Hallstrom, Ph.D., who joined FAU in February 2015, leads the Institute for Sensing and Embedded Network Systems Engineering. He studies the “Internet of Things” and how everyday objects like our clothes and roads are now able to talk to us. Advancements in computing, communication, and sensing make it possible to embed tiny wireless sensors in homes, yards, shoes and other everyday items. He’s growing a network of partners, including global companies Telit and Atmel, and Scripps Florida and Max Planck Florida.

FAU’s most talented faculty, staff and students are expanding on its robust culture of research and inquiry. They’re leveraging regional assets, such as the ocean, patient populations, culture and business, to advance scientific understanding, discover new technologies and contribute to the economic vitality of our region.

FAU Harbor Branch

Before becoming Interim Executive Director of FAU Harbor Branch, Jim Sullivan, Ph.D., held senior positions in both academia and industry. During his career, he has received funding through most major federal science agencies, receiving grants from these agencies totaling over $11 million. Sullivan has over 50 peer-reviewed publications and has held editorial positions for several international science journals.

FAU is in its fifth decade of working with marine science and technology partners on applied projects that produce positive environmental, societal and economic outcomes.



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