About Centers and Institutes

The University of Minnesota is home to over 300 research, education, and outreach centers and institutes. This listing will help you identify, learn about, and contact these units.

Interested in partnering with a center or institute? Please contact the Office for Public Engagement.

Center and Institute staff needing to make updates to this list, please contact centers@umn.edu.

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Obesity Prevention Center

The goals of the Obesity Prevention Center (OPC) are to provide leadership for 1) enhancing local and national visibility of the University's contribution to obesity prevention, 2) capitalizing on multidisciplinary extramural funding opportunities, 3) increasing training and education opportunities for students, community professionals, and the general public, and 4) working with community partners to promote public policies and programs designed to prevent obesity.

Campus and College: Twin Cities, Academic Health Center
Simone French
+1 612 625 6200
Last updated: August 13, 2015

Occupational Health and Safety, Midwest Center for

The Midwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety (MCOHS), Education and Research Center, funded by the National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety, is a Center of Excellence.  It provides graduate academic and research training programs, continuing education and outreach activities, including research-to-practice, and serves as a regional resource for industry, labor, federal, state, and local government agencies, agriculture, and other interested parties.  

Campus and College: Twin Cities, School of Public Health
Susan Gerberich
+1 612 281 5694
Last updated: January 16, 2015

Oral Health Clinical Research Center

The Center supports pilot projects in the areas of materials and restorative sciences, oral facial pain and neuroscience, and caries and periodontal disease. The center develops and applies advanced technology to prevent, diagnose, and treat diseases affecting the oral environment.

Campus and College: Twin Cities, School of Dentistry
Bryan Michalowicz
Last updated: July 29, 2015

Orphan Drug Research, Center for

The mission of the Center for Orphan Drug Research is to improve the care of individuals suffering from rare diseases through research on new therapies, education of health professionals and health profession students, and engagement in rare diseases/orphan drugs public policy.

James Cloyd
+1 612 625 4244
Last updated: July 29, 2015

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

The mission of the University's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) is to be a community of retirement-age lifelong learners actively engaged in volunteer-led, high-quality educational, cultural, and social pursuits.  Our members share: active, inquiring minds;keen interest in learning, teaching, promoting, participating, and volunteering in high quality, non-credit education; anddesire to share with others in a wide variety of cultural and social interests, activities, and programs.  Affiliated with the University's College of Continuing Education, OLLI collaborates with: other University programs; the national OLLI network; and other cultural, educational, arts and recreational organizations and institutions.  Values and principles, which guide OLLI include:  to conduct high quality, volunteer-led academic programs and activities;to provide a welcoming and supportive environment which promotes friendship; to welcome and encourage the participation of people of all ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds; to rely on member participation in governance, program planning, and operation; and to encourage creative thinking and innovation.

Steve Benson
+1 612 624 7847
Last updated: January 16, 2015