The University of Alaska, Fairbanks

uafThe University of Alaska, Fairbanks

Established as Alaska’s Land Grant Institution in 1922. It has a more than 11,000 students spread across seven campuses. UAF provides these students 202 certificates and degree programs from 128 academic disciplines and is known for the relatively high number of research dollars it attracts given the student body size. UAF has the largest number of PhD programs of all University of Alaska units and over the past fifteen years has developed a significant program of biomedical research, focused on the unique impacts of Alaska’s northern environment on human health. It is for the most part based out of the Institute of Arctic Biology and the associated Center for Alaska Native Health Research (CANHR) and the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. Efforts sponsored by UAF that will lead to clinical and translational research include examination of environmental contaminants, studies of wildlife health with a focus on toxicology of marine fish and mammals and subsistence use foods and associated human subsistence, bioremediation, breathing and functional consequences of brainstem deficits, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, and zoonotic pathogens and their distributions in ecosystems.