Emerging Preeminent Programs

Brain, Behavior and the Environment

The Brain, Behavior and the Environment Program is a transdisciplinary initiative at FIU that unites the dynamic and diverse neuroscience community at FIU toward three goals: to create and empower research programs focused on environmental causes of neurological disease, to devise strategies and develop treatments for neurological disorders using novel neuroscience and engineering tools as well as pharmacological approaches, and to establish a rich educational resource in South Florida to educate students, faculty, clinicians, the public, and health officials on the role that environmental factors play on neurological disease.

Health Disparities

The Health Inequities and Disparities Program is a multidisciplinary group of faculty and students who are dedicated to advancing health inequity and disparity research by conducting community-based participatory research; determining the impact of HIV, substance abuse and ethnicity on health outcomes and barriers in access to healthcare; developing and testing culturally appropriate substance abuse and HIV prevention and treatment programs; partnering with community stakeholders in South Florida, the Caribbean, and beyond on real world approaches to reduce substance use/abuse and HIV; identifying and eliminating health inequities, health barriers, and health disparities associated with race, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation; and developing the next generation of health inequities and disparities researchers through innovative technology and state-of-the-art methodologies.