December 9, 2013
Ann Arbor—The University of Michigan has launched a new center bringing together researchers from a variety of scientific disciplines to advance analysis of biological and social data.
The BioSocial Methods Collaborative, based at the U-M Institute for Social Research (ISR), is funded in part by the U-M Office of the Provost. Partners include the U-M Life Sciences Institute and the U-M Medical School.
“We aim to be a catalyst for new research methods that link the social and health sciences, and that will provide a fuller understanding of the complex realities affecting human health and quality of life,” says the group’s founding director, U-M psychologist Richard Gonzalez.
“We want to create new approaches to integrating method and data that will transcend the separate silos of social science, medicine and biology.”
Affiliated faculty come from a wide variety of academic disciplines in the social and biological sciences.
“This new center exemplifies a new era of heightened collaboration between the social, medical and biological sciences,” says ISR Director James Jackson. “ISR is proud to be playing an important role in linking medicine, public health, life sciences and other disciplines.”
“We are very excited about the opportunity to integrate biomedical sciences with social sciences,” says Alan Saltiel, Mary Sue Coleman Director of the Life Sciences Institute, an interdisciplinary scientific research hub at U-M. “This innovative approach can have a tangible impact on human health, longevity and well-being.”
“The new collaborative will aid our research mission by fostering an environment of innovation and efficiency that serves the Medical School research community and, ultimately, contributes to positive patient impact,” says U-M Medical School Senior Associate Dean for Research Steven L. Kunkel.
For more information about the Collaborative, visit http://biosocialmethods.isr.umich.edu/