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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

Improving food safety knowledge, practices in Africa is focus of research
April 2, 2019
Consuming unsafe food is a major public health threat globally, but the continent bearing the most burden is Africa, where more than 91 million people fall ill and 140,000 die each year from foodborne diseases, according to the World Health Organization.
Avocado seed extract shows promise as anti-inflammatory compound
March 12, 2019
An extract from the seeds of avocados exhibited anti-inflammatory properties in a laboratory study, according to Penn State researchers, and it represents a potential source for novel anti-inflammatory compounds that could be developed as a functional food ingredient or pharmaceuticals.
Seed grants awarded to projects using Twitter data
March 7, 2019
Penn State’s Social Science Research Institute (SSRI), in collaboration with the Institute for CyberScience (ICS) and the College of Information Sciences and Technology, has awarded over $100,000 in funding to support six new interdisciplinary teams of Penn State researchers whose work is aimed at developing innovative research programs using Twitter data. Faculty from the College of Agricultural Sciences are a part of three of these teams.

Upcoming Events

Understanding Chronic Inflammatory Disease: Lessons From Hematopoietic Stem Cells
When: April 24, 2019
Where: W201 Millennium Science Complex
Farm to Fork: a Student/Post-Doc Research Symposium
When: April 26, 2019
Where: Erickson Food Science Building, Rm 252