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Noted Immunologist to Present a Vision for UCR’s Health Sciences Research Institute


Noted Immunologist to Present a Vision for UCR’s Health Sciences Research Institute

La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology’s Carl Ware will speak at UCR on March 15

(March 13, 2007)

Carl Ware is the head of the Division of Molecular Immunology at the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology.  Photo credit: LIAI.

Carl Ware is the head of the Division of Molecular Immunology at the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology. Photo credit: LIAI.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Carl Ware, head of the Division of Molecular Immunology at the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology and an adjunct professor of biology at the institute, will share a vision for UC Riverside’s Health Sciences Research Institute (HSRI) in an open forum at 4 p.m., Thursday, March 15, in Pentland Hills, room B107, commonly known as Pentland Hills Bear Cave.

“The new Health Sciences Research Institute has emerged from the outstanding groundwork laid by the dedicated efforts and leadership of UCR’s faculty and chancellor,” said Ware, a past member of the UCR faculty in the Biomedical Sciences program. “I share with UCR’s faculty a vision of the HSRI as a leading intellectual center for scientists to conduct research and education into the pathogenesis and treatment of human diseases.”

In Ware’s vision, the HSRI will build upon the foundation of the research faculty, scientific facilities, and educational programs in place at UCR, including the UCR/UCLA Thomas Haider Program in Biomedical Sciences, the Bourns College of Engineering, and the College of Natural and Agriculture Sciences. “As a cornerstone of the intellectual architecture for UCR’s proposed School of Medicine, the HSRI will form the nexus that unites basic research in biomedicine with graduate and medical education, and as a center to promote health-related initiatives of regional and national importance,” Ware said.

Ware anticipates the HSRI to serve as the catalyst for converting the faculty’s discoveries into potential new medicines, and, together with faculty in the proposed School of Medicine and community physicians, becoming a clinical testing ground for these new discoveries, attracting investment from both the biopharmaceutical and bioengineering sectors. “Focusing on health problems that take advantage of unique opportunities and resources in the Inland Empire will help shape the HSRI’s research directions, and provide relevance for the community,” Ware said.

Ware served as a faculty member at UCR for 14 years and helped create several research and educational programs on campus. Since 1996, he has been leading the Division of Molecular Immunology at the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology, dedicated to fundamental immunology and applications to human disease, and has managed the growth and development of the research institute to an internationally recognized nexus of immunologic research.

The HSRI aims to strengthen and focus research and graduate education in the biomedical and health sciences on campus. It also aims to bring together researchers from all sectors of health research to help produce ground-breaking discoveries in biomedical/health research. The vision for the institute includes association with the proposed UCR medical school that would attract strong clinical researchers and offer unique graduate and professional programs in health.

The University of California, Riverside (www.ucr.edu) is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

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