Emerging Preeminent Programs
Florida International University’s Emerging Preeminent Programs are addressing critical issues of increasingly growing national and global concern. Their distinctive merits, strengths and successes make them strategically important, with high potential to earn preeminent designation. Emerging Preeminent Programs are advancing multidisciplinary research and enabling greater understanding
of relatively new topics including: the impact of the environmental factors on the brain; health disparities among minority populations; the potential impact of Latin America and the Caribbean on the rest of the world; and advancing our understanding of biodiverse ecosystems, their resource potential and how to sustainably leverage them.
Brain, Behavior and the Environment
The Brain, Behavior and the Environment Program is a transdisciplinary initiative that unites the dynamic and diverse neuroscience community at FIU in the pursuit of 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.
The Health Inequities and Disparities Program is a multidisciplinary group of faculty and students who are dedicated to advancing research efforts 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 innovations.