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College of Medicine to collaborate with ProMedica in new research center

The University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences is collaborating with ProMedica on its recently announced initiative to study the impact of the social determinants of health on individuals and communities.

ProMedica’s National Center for Social Determinants Research will use a multidisciplinary approach to understand and propose solutions to address the conditions in which people are born, live, work and age that affect their health and well-being. Along with ProMedica physicians, faculty members and learners from the University will serve as researchers and primary investigators.

ProMedica announced the new center Oct. 17 as part of the 10-year, $50 million Ebeid Promise initiative to strengthen neighborhoods by addressing the social determinants of health made possible with a generous gift from Russel J. Ebeid.

Dr. F. Charles Brunicardi, chair of surgery in the College of Medicine and Life Sciences, will serve as a co-medical director of the Scientific Advisory Group along with Dr. Kent Bishop, president of ProMedica’s Women’s and Children’s Service line, to advise and provide guidance for the center’s research agenda.

“The College of Medicine is made up of a tremendous group of researchers, physicians and learners who can offer new insight and innovative ways to address current health issues and how they relate to the different social determinants,” Brunicardi said. “This center will provide an extraordinary opportunity for the clinical and translational research done locally to have a positive impact and be adopted on a national level.”

The center, which will be one of the first of its kind in the nation to be rooted in an integrated health-care delivery organization, will be uniquely positioned to tackle the complex questions and issues surrounding the effects of the social determinants of health and help prepare the next generation of health-care providers through the development of robust medical curriculum and real-life practicum.