Areas of Strength

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Center for Human Identification

Our accredited forensic laboratory is globally recognized as a leader in forensic identification.

Our services include forensic genetic and anthropological examinations for criminal casework and missing persons identification, local CODIS operations, and development.

We are committed to the training of students and professionals in various aspects of forensic genetics and maintain an active, innovative research program to improve forensic identification capabilities.

Center for Healthy Aging

Age influences the frequency and progression of nearly all diseases and profoundly impacts our resistance to injury and ability to recover. The Center for Healthy Aging integrates state-of-the-art clinical care, cutting edge-research, innovative education and training, and community engagement, to create solutions for a new era of enduring quality of life.


North Texas Eye Research Institute

The North Texas Eye Research Institute (NTERI) is changing the world with new discoveries through basic and clinical eye research. Since 1992, our researchers and clinicians in the field of visual science and ophthalmology have been driven to increase awareness about disease development and the need for novel therapies, especially among ethnic and minority populations who have or will develop debilitating vision disorders and related health disparities.

Texas Center for Health Disparities

In comparison to the general population of Texas, racial and ethnic minorities suffer from heightened risk factors and poorer overall health and access to health care. Our mission is to prevent, reduce and eliminate health disparities in our communities.

Our prevention research is driving improvement in areas such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, cancer, stroke and HIV. We are increasing the underrepresented minority student and faculty population. Our innovative fellowship program fosters collaborative research among junior research faculty and community leaders and stakeholders. Through community partnerships, we work to improve prevention and outreach efforts affecting women in underserved and low-income communities in North Texas. Current efforts are focused on obesity and cancer.

Institute for Translational Research

The goal of our new Institute for Translational Research is to give patients access to therapeutics and diagnostics faster than ever before. The new institute is expected to translate basic science into treatments and new procedures for Alzheimer’s and other diseases.

The bench-to-bedside approach that characterizes translational research means that scientific discoveries will advance to human trials with the highest possible chance of success. Ultimately, patients benefit from receiving cutting-edge therapies quicker.