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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)

James Galvin, M.D., M.P.H., joined FAU in May 2015 and is leading the Institute for Healthy Aging and Lifespan Studies. Dr. Galvin, one of the country’s most prominent neuroscientists, has generated millions in research funding from federal, state and local agencies, and private foundations.

He’s leading a team on redesigning the healthcare infrastructure, creating 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

Anton Post, Ph.D., who joined FAU in January 2017, is the executive director of FAU Harbor Branch, leading Environmental and Ocean Science research at FAU. As the head of the FAU Harbor Branch Pillar, my hope is to equate ecosystem health with human health. With future science funding likely shifting focus to the coastal zone (both offshore and inshore), this provides us with an extraordinary opportunity. Watersheds and estuaries are an integral part of the coastal zone, and impacts of global climate change will require further study. FAU is uniquely positioned to provide science and engineering solutions to ecological problems. Being a state university, we can then take that science and connect it with local/regional communities, linking back to the entire population of Florida.

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.



 Last Modified 9/29/17