UAF Center for One Health Research

The University of Alaska Fairbanks’s Center for One Health Research is partnering with the U.S. State Department in an online international conference on a holistic and collaborative approach to promoting the health of people and wildlife who live in the circumpolar north, as well as the land itself.

Fairbanks, AK - The University of Alaska Fairbanks has received a $23.8 million award from the National Institutes of Health for a new ‘Biomedical Learning and Student Training program,’ or BLAST. The new undergraduate program is part of a national effort by NIH to enhance diversity in the biomedical workforce.

In a teleconference, NIH Director Francis Collins said diversity in biomedical research is critical.

Usibelli Coal Mine

An analysis by the state finds no health impacts from coal ash and dust from the downtown Fairbanks Aurora Energy Plant. An Environmental Protection Agency contractor hired to investigate neighborhood contamination found dioxins, heavy metals and hydrocarbons in soil, water, air and surface samples collected over 2 years. But State Environmental Health Program manager Ali Hamade says a recently released draft report indicates no health concerns.