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Research Centers: The University is home to a multitude of research centers and organizations that may provide opportunities for student learning and participation in research. Several that may be of interest to Public Health Sciences PhD students are described below, though there are many more.

The University of Chicago Center for Health and the Social Sciences provides needed infrastructure to support and encourage new research initiatives at the interface of health and the social sciences. Such infrastructure includes:

  • Coordination of collaborative efforts in research and training
  • Shared space
  • Grant support and fundraising, and computer, data, and focused methodological support

The Center also provides a venue to promote interdisciplinary collaboration for research and training at the University. The center complements the resources of existing centers, functioning not only as an independent center in the usual sense, but also as a collaborator with existing centers. The center aims to facilitate the development of additional new centers in focused related areas as faculty interest and funding opportunities arise. This will be accomplished partially through the creation of program areas which organize faculty interested in specific topic areas. Ultimately, this arrangement will allow the center to act as an incubator to facilitate the further growth of innovative research in health and the social sciences both within and across the units of the University.

Population Research Center at NORC and the University of Chicago, now in its 22nd year, is an interdisciplinary research center designed to facilitate high-quality population research conducted by its researchers: economists, sociologists, and other population scientists. From the early 1940s through the early 1970s, Chicago had an outstanding population group in sociology under the leadership of Philip Hauser, Donald Bogue, and Evelyn Kitagawa. This center of activity was revived in 1983 with a new P-30 Population Center. Since then, the staff of population researchers has grown from twelve to more than 40.

Growth within the Population Research Center has come from researchers in economics, psychology, business, public policy, medicine, and social services administration. This diversification in part reflects a broadening in all population centers and reflects a consistent trend at Chicago. The PRC has always worked at the margins of what was considered to be traditional demography, and as a result our center has helped expand the domain of the field. For example, we have placed less emphasis on the demographic methods featured in other population centers than on statistical methods adopted from the field of labor economics, including event-history analysis, and we have stressed the importance of understanding selection bias and censoring. We have also researched determinants of fertility decisions and their dynamics, timing, and spacing rather than more traditional fertility analyses. Though the research occasionally may have appeared to be on the periphery of demography, over time it has helped to redefine the domain more broadly.

NORC is a national organization for research at the University of Chicago, with offices on the Universityand#39;s campus, in Chicagoand#39;s downtown Loop, and in Washington DC, as well as a nationwide field staff. NORCand#39;s clients include government agencies, educational institutions, foundations, other nonprofit organizations, and private corporations. Although its national studies are its best known, NORCand#39;s projects--which include complex survey and other data collection strategies as well as sophisticated empirical analyses--range across local, regional, and international perspectives as well. NORCand#39;s project work is done in an interdisciplinary framework, with strong staff cooperation across substantive areas. NORC is an equal opportunity employer committed to facilitating the personal and professional development of everyone on its staff.

The University of Chicago Cancer Research Center (UCCRC) employs a wealth of intellectual, technological, and financial resources to pursue a comprehensive, collaborative research program involving more than 190 renowned scientists and clinicians.

The UCCRC was established following approval of the National Cancer Act of 1973. Through its Cancer Centers Program, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) currently supports 61 Centers characterized by andquot;scientific excellence and the capability to integrate a diversity of research approaches to focus on the problem of cancer.andquot; They share a common goal: attack malignant diseases andquot;through laboratory research, innovative clinical trials, and prevention research.andquot;

One of only two NCI-designated Centers in Illinois, the UCCRC has earned a reputation for excellence, innovation and a commitment to attack cancer from every angle. UCCRC scientists study these diseases at the molecular level to evaluate how minute variations in chromosomes or genes can trigger processes leading to abnormal, devastating cell growth. Clinical researchers apply the knowledge discovered in the lab to create and test promising new treatments and procedures. They bring patients new hope as they analyze novel therapies for effectiveness and determine optimal dosages. Clinicians and investigators in cancer control, prevention and population sciences implement new approaches to screening and prevention, teach state-of-the-art diagnostics to local physicians, and strive to eliminate health disparities separating one ethnic or social group from the rest of the population.