The mission of the Center is to reduce and ultimately eliminate health disparities resulting from adverse environment x genome interactions, particularly those involving nutritional, economic, and cultural factors. Our goal is to devise evidence-based nutritional interventions to prevent, mitigate and delay the onset of diseases such as obesity, Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, malnutrition and certain cancers. To achieve this goal, the Center is taking an interdisciplinary approach to develop culturally compatible methods and novel technologies to elucidate the complex interactions between environmental triggers, genes, and disease.The Center is a multi-organizational research collaboration between the
Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of California, Davis,
College of Biological Sciences, University of California, Davis,
USDA Western Human Nutrition Research Center at UC Davis,
and the California Institute for Food and Agricultural Research at UC Davis
The Center is supported by a grant (P60MD0222) from the National Institute for Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The Center director is Dr. Raymond L. Rodriguez, professor of molecular biology at the University of California, Davis. Dr. Somen Nandi serves as managing director of the Center's new Global HealthShare Initiative.