URI to launch Academic Health Collaborative to expand existing cross-disciplinary programs, external partnerships

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New College of Health Sciences to be linked to Colleges of Nursing, Pharmacy under plan

WHAT: University of Rhode Island to announce sweeping reorganization of its health programs to maximize cross-disciplinary teaching, research, and outreach and to place the University in a position of strength as health care undergoes rapid change in Rhode Island and around the nation. URI has established The Academic Health Collaborative to spur cooperation and innovation in research, inter-professional education, population health, health promotion and recognition and elimination of health disparities.


URI already enjoys international prominence for its research on Alzheimer’s disease and other neurological conditions, plant-based pharmaceuticals, premature infant birthing and development, ocean-based organisms for medicinal uses and insect-born diseases.


Under the new collaborative, a new College of Health Sciences will join the colleges of Nursing and Pharmacy as the lead academic units. In addition, an Institute of Integrated Health and Innovation will be established to foster multidisciplinary collaboration among faculty, students and professionals in the community from a broad spectrum of health disciplines.

WHO: Magali Angeloni, director of the Rhode Island Department of Health’s Academic Center; David M. Dooley, URI president; Donald H. DeHayes, URI provost and vice president for academic affairs; E. Paul Larrat, dean of URI’s College of Pharmacy and coordinating dean of the new collaborative; Deborah Riebe, professor and chair of the Department of Kinesiology; and Lauren Mancini, URI senior in the College of Nursing

WHEN: Monday, March 28, 2016, 10:30 a.m.

WHERE: Tent outside, URI’s College of Pharmacy building, 7 Greenhouse Road, Kingston Campus.

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