Centers and Institutes
Centers and institutes at UConn and UConn Health are hubs for cutting-edge research and innovative scholarship. Focused on tackling some of the greatest challenges facing society today, researchers from UConn’s centers and institutes collaborate to be more competitive and achieve more.
Innovation Partnership Building at UConn Tech Park
The Innovation Partnership Building at UConn Tech Park provides an ecosystem that inspires great ideas and collaboration between industry and academic scientists. At the IPB, cross-disciplinary research teams develop novel approaches to critical real world problems in fields ranging from manufacturing to biomedical devices to cybersecurity. Some of the IPB’s anchor partners and centers of excellence include:
Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy (InCHIP)
UConn's Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy (InCHIP) is a multidisciplinary research institute dedicated to the creation and dissemination of new scientific knowledge and theoretical frameworks in health behavior and health behavior change. InCHIP researchers lead novel, influential health behavior initiatives at UConn, institutions across the United States, and globally in countries including Albania, Brazil, China, Ethiopia, India, Mozambique, South Africa, Russia, Uganda, and Vietnam. Our investigators have expertise in the areas of HIV, treatment adherence, diabetes management, cancer prevention and control, nutrition, pharmacology, substance abuse, obesity, autism, digital health, school and child health, and complementary and alternative approaches to medicine.
The Institute has developed and supported a multidisciplinary network of over 400 affiliate investigators spanning several UConn campuses and more than 60 other research institutions both nationally and internationally.
Alcohol Research Center
Established in 1978, the Alcohol Research Center (ARC) at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine remains the longest-funded center both at UConn and at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), a branch of the National Institutes of Health. The Center is the first funded by the NIAAA to focus on both the cause and treatment of alcoholism. Among the Center’s most notable achievements was the development of naltrexone, a medication that discourages alcohol abuse by blocking alcohol’s pleasurable effects.
While alcohol research remains the central focus, the Center now has innovative research programs on other psychoactive substances, such as heroin, marijuana, and cocaine, as well as gambling addiction and HIV/AIDS. One of the Center’s primary goals is to leverage this research to develop impactful behavioral interventions for patients suffering from addiction in all its varied forms.
Center for Clean Energy Engineering (C2E2)
UConn’s Center for Clean Energy Engineering (C2E2) serves as a portal for multidisciplinary energy research, education, training, and outreach. With its growing mission, C2E2 is on the frontlines of cutting-edge research to meet the emerging energy, water, and climate challenges at the national and global levels.
Advanced energy conversion technologies, fuels and fuel processing, energy storage, power management and smart grid and conservation of natural resources with a focus on environment and water are all part of C2E2’s larger research and educational portfolio. C2E2 works with industry to ensure the relevancy, highest quality, and successful integration of their innovations into commercial products. With partners like United Technologies Corp., Siemens, General Electric, FuelCell Energy, Northeast Utilities, Praxair, and other global and industrial partners, and state and federal agencies such as the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental protection, Connecticut Innovations, Clean Energy Fund, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Army, and the Office of Naval Research, C2E2 finds solutions to real-world problems.
UConn Center on Aging
At the UConn Center on Aging, the question that our physicians and researchers tackle every day is: How can we add life to your years? Our board certified geriatricians provide comprehensive, individualized care for aging adults. The UConn team treats patients with kindness and compassion, listening to their concerns and involving them in their own care. The Center's research faculty are committed to increasing our knowledge of the aging process and discovering new strategies to promote the functional health and quality of life of older adults.
Connecticut Institute for the Brain and Cognitive Sciences (IBACS)
The mission of the Connecticut Institute for the Brain and Cognitive Sciences (IBACS) is to serve as both a beacon and incubator for research across the brain and cognitive sciences at UConn and beyond; promoting and supporting the interdisciplinary science of the mind and its realization in biological and artificial systems. The Institute enables new research and educational opportunities to extend beyond traditional disciplinary boundaries of neuroscientific, behavioral, and theoretical research in the brain and cognitive sciences.
With affiliated faculty at all UConn campuses and several partner institutions, IBACS is an essential hub and engine for innovation in the interdisciplinary science of mind and brain. Interdisciplinary projects between bioscience, biomedical engineering, education, physics, and mathematics continue to expand the Institute’s and strengthen its potential impact.
UConn Musculoskeletal Institute
The UConn Musculoskeletal Institute is a premier choice for patients with problems affecting their bones, joints, and muscles. The UConn MSI team includes nationally and internationally recognized experts in orthopaedic surgery and sports medicine, comprehensive spine care, rheumatology, and osteoporosis. UConn MSI scientists and clinicians pursue research in bone repair, osteoporosis, cartilage metabolism, soft tissue repair, stem cell therapies, tissue engineering, and more.