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Integrated Health Solutions

Improving the health of humans, animals, and communities through research into preventative, corrective, diagnostic, and predictive solutions to the challenges presented by lifestyle, diseases, pests, and toxins.

Researchers in the college investigate the numerous ways in which the agricultural enterprise affects the health of ecosystems and people. Some of their goals include preventing the spread of infectious diseases; understanding how the host (animals, humans, plants, and insects) responds to environmental pressures; structuring the built environment to promote the selection of healthful food choices; and investigating environmentally sustainable techniques to grow high-quality, nutritious foods to serve a rapidly growing population.

Research Expertise

Research Videos

Penn State: Inspiring Collaboration
Penn State scientists find an inspiring collaboration. Dr. Prabhu, who specializes in the health benefits of fish oil, and Dr. Paulson, who is studying the stem cells that cause leukemia, connected their seemingly separate study areas during a weekly faculty lunch.

News

Climate change not main driver of amphibian decline
October 25, 2018
While a warming climate in recent decades may be a factor in the waning of some local populations of frogs, toads, newts and salamanders, it cannot explain the overall steep decline of amphibians, according to researchers.
Chewing gum may be effective for delivering vitamins
October 9, 2018
Nearly 15 percent of all chewing gum varieties sold promise to provide health-enhancing supplements to users, so Penn State researchers studied whether two vitamin-supplemented products were effective at delivering vitamins to the body. Their results validate the concept of gum as an effective delivery system for at least some vitamins.
Biofilm reactor promises to cut production costs on vitamin K
October 2, 2018
In an innovative study that promises to reduce production costs for the most potent form of vitamin K — Menaquinone-7, Penn State researchers have developed a novel method to enhance the fermentation process that creates the supplement by agitated liquid fermentation in a biofilm reactor.

Upcoming Events

Food Safety Research for Development: Working toward a diarrhea free world
When: November 15, 2018
Where: 252 Food Science Building
Making Frenemies: Immune Responses to Intestinal Colonization
When: November 28, 2018
Where: W201 Millenium Science Complex