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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Veterinary Clinical Investigation Center

The center`s goals are to aid in identifying, securing and managing veterinary clinical research projects; to maintain a database of clinical trials/resources; to assist sponsors in evaluating products for safety and efficacy; to coordinate a pool of expert faculty and staff to support clinical trials; and to facilitate compliance with regulatory agencies and sponsors.

Michael G. Conzemius
+1 612 624 2485
Last updated: July 29, 2015

Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory

The Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory’s (VDL) mission is to protect and promote animal and human health through early detection and monitoring of animal diseases. VDL fulfills its mission by identifying emerging diseases, timely reporting of test results, developing new diagnostic methods, and training diagnosticians, veterinarians and graduate students. The laboratory is a part of the College of Veterinary Medicine and serves as Minnesota’s only full service laboratory for animal health diagnosis.

James Collins
+1 612 625 878
Last updated: June 23, 2015

Veterinary Medical Center

The Veterinary Medical Center (VMC) has served the community for more than a century. It is the most advanced, full-service referral care center for large and small animals in Minnesota. The VMC sees more than 35,000 cases annually, with specialists available in all areas of medicine and surgery. More than 50 of the veterinarians on staff have undergone several years of additional training to become board-certified specialists in a particular area of veterinary medicine.

David Lee
+1 612 626 8387
Last updated: July 29, 2015

Violence and Abuse, Minnesota Center Against

The Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse (MINCAVA) conducts research on family violence and provides information and resources on violence prevention through a variety of funded projects including the Electronic Clearinghouse (http://www.mincava.umn.edu), the VAWnet Applied Research Forum (http://www.vawnet.org), Violence Against Women Online Resources (http://www.vaw.umn.edu), Child Exposure to Domestic Violence Project (http://www.mincava.umn.edu/link), the Hague Domestic Violence Project (http://www.haguedv.org/), and the Honor Our Voices project (www.honorourvoices.org). The Center, established in 1994 by a grant authorized by the Minnesota Legislature, is a program of the School of Social Work, an academic unit of the College of Education and Human Development.

Lynette Renner
+1 612 624 0721
Last updated: July 29, 2015

Violence Prevention and Control, Center for

The purpose of the Center for Violence Prevention and Control (CVPC) is to generate knowledge through research in violence prevention and control, to disseminate this knowledge to use as the basis for development of prevention and control efforts, and to provide a comprehensive violence prevention and control graduate education curriculum.

Campus and College: Twin Cities, School of Public Health
Susan Goodwin Gerberich
Nancy M. Nachreiner
+1 612 625 5934
Last updated: January 16, 2015

Viz Lab

The Viz Lab is an interdisciplinary research lab that focuses on emerging visual technologies. We are a brainstorming and project space with a long-standing record of research support. The Viz Lab is open to faculty, graduate students and undergraduates working directly with UMD faculty.

More than 125 researchers from over 20 departments at UMD including Art & Design, Chemical Engineering, Foreign Languages, Large Lakes Observatory, History and Seagrant utilize the Viz Lab and MMAD Lab. Both labs are under the administration of the School of Fine Arts.

Campus and College: Duluth
Lisa Fitzpatrick
+1 218 726 8093
Last updated: August 16, 2016

Vocational Psychology Research

Vocational Psychology Research (VPR) has been part of the Work Adjustment Project in the Department of Psychology at the University since 1970. VPR supports, maintains, and distributes the instruments and materials developed to operationalize, test, and apply the Theory of Work Adjustment. The instruments and materials distributed by VPR have been designed to assess work personalities and work environments. They have a long history of providing vocationally useful information, and are updated periodically to reflect changes in the available technology and the world of work. Assessment instruments, manuals, supporting materials, scoring services, research monographs, research bibliographies, and technical support are available from VPR.

David Weiss
+1 612 625 1367
Last updated: July 29, 2015