The UNM Prevention Research Center (PRC) has been funded since 1995 and recently completed another successful and competitive funding cycle with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Chronic diseases account for 70 percent of all deaths in the United States and almost half of all Americans live with at least one chronic condition. The CDC has awarded more than $25 million to study how people and their communities can avoid or counter illnesses, such as heart disease, asthma, and diabetes. The funds will support prevention research at 35 academic institutions in 25 states with the UNM Prevention Research Center being one of those centers funded for the next five years.

“Prevention research centers have reached more than 41 million people in 66 partner communities, some of which are the most under-served in the country,” said Janet Collins, Ph.D., director of the CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention. "By involving communities in designing and conducting research, the centers ensure that health strategies found to be effective can be readily applied where they are most needed.”

Dr. Sally Davis, Principal Investigator and director of the Center since its inception stated, "The continuation of funding for another five years allows investigators at UNM's PRC to expand their research in translation, dissemination and implementation to other under-represented communities in New Mexico."

For more information about UNM Prevention Research Center and its programs please visit: http://hsc.unm.edu/chpdp/index.htm or call 505-272-4462.
Contact: Cindy Foster, 272-3322