EUGENE — The University of Oregon’s Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact and PeaceHealth announced today a joint center for biomedical research, initially focused on facilitating clinical need-based research collaborations and supporting careers of underrepresented scientists and engineers.

The Center for Translational Biomedical Research’s mission is to forge biomedical research collaborations that produce increased research grant funding, journal publications and translation of new medical technologies. Post-doctoral fellowships for candidates from underrepresented communities in science and engineering mark the center’s first effort.

This is the first collaboration of its kind between the campus and PeaceHealth, which operates four medical centers and more than 15 primary/specialty care clinics in Lane County, as well as facilities in Washington and Alaska.

The Knight Campus will recruit two fellows to work with UO faculty and PeaceHealth providers on mentored independent research with a clinical emphasis in the PeaceHealth medical domains.

Post-doctoral fellows will participate with faculty and physician mentors on developing research grant proposals. The involvement of physicians as part of interdisciplinary teams on research projects will strengthen funding proposals by demonstrating clinical relevance.