Research centers and institutes are among the most important ways UCLA encourages collaboration across disciplines. Interdisciplinary research units are highlighted on the Organized Research Unit website. There are hundreds of other active centers, institutes and labs across campus, many with ties to other institutions and active community programs. This page highlights a small sampling.

Environment and Sustainability

On campus, across the city and around the world, UCLA pursues advances in the field of environment and sustainability. The Luskin Center for Innovation, the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, and the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability provide leadership and a nexus of research innovation. Inspired and informed by their work, UCLA uses the campus as a living laboratory of sustainability. The Sustainable LA Grand Challenge organizes more than 200 experts across 40 departments to achieve one ambitious goal: Transition Los Angeles County toward 100-percent renewable energy, 100-percent local water, and enhanced ecosystem and human health by 2050.

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Sustainable LA Grand Challenge
UCLA International Institute

UCLA International Institute

UCLA operates with a global approach.

And because international experience is integral to a world-class education, the UCLA International Institute is positioned to foster global perspectives. Featuring 18 multidisciplinary centers that offer public events and lecture series, the institute brings dignitaries, politicians, scholars, artists and activists to campus. The work of hundreds of award-winning UCLA faculty members affiliated with the institute informs news coverage and policy around the world, making UCLA a key player and authority in international teaching and research on global issues.

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UCLA Institute of American Cultures

Just as UCLA celebrates diversity across campus, its Institute of American Cultures fosters ethnic studies scholarship and research. The institute is a collaborative initiative among the four ethnic studies centers on campus — the American Indian Studies Center, the Asian American Studies Center, the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies and the Chicano Studies Research Center.

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UCLA Center for 17th and 18th centuries

UCLA Center for 17th- and 18th-Century Studies

Through conferences, lectures, concerts, exhibits and publications, UCLA scholars bring the 17th and 18th centuries — the "early modern" period — into sharp focus. The Clark Library offers the premier collection of Oscar Wilde books and manuscripts, a window on the fin-de-siècle world.

Note: The William Andrews Clark Memorial Library is currently closed for seismic retrofit. During the retrofit, conferences and other events have been relocated to campus.

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California Nanosystems Institute (CNSI)

CNSI, the California NanoSystems Institute, is where industry meets nanoscience and nanotechnology. The goal: rapid commercialization of discoveries. Faculty from the life and physical sciences, engineering and medicine work together to share insights and increase the pace of discovery.

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Eli and Edythe Broad Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research

UCLA Eli & Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research

Stem cell research is a revolutionary opportunity to explore and understand the nature and behavior of stem cells and use that knowledge to treat human disease. The Broad Stem Cell Research Center is on the cusp of transforming patient care by developing personalized stem-cell-based therapies.

The Center’s Dr. Donald Kohn has developed novel approaches for genetic blood diseases. His clinical trials for adenosine deaminase-deficient severe combined immunodeficiency, an immune disorder also known as ADA-SCID or bubble baby disease, have cured 30 out of 30 babies over the past eight years.

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