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Social and Animal Welfare

Land-grant colleges, such as the University of Minnesota, have a research mission to promote animal, human, and environmental health. By providing research funding to multiple colleges throughout the University, MAES funds research in both animal and social sciences. Significantly, the University's unique urban location allows for research studies that would be impossible for many other land-grant institutions.

For information on the latest social and animal welfare research please visit the features and impacts page.

Veterinary Medicine and Animal Welfare

Often Vet Med and Animal Science researchers work in hand-in-hand to protect consumers, producers, and agriculture animals. From researching emerging farm animal diseases to developing treatments for family pets, University scientists are on the cutting edge of veterinary and animal welfare issues.

Housing and Family Life

The U of M’s unique metropolitan location makes it an ideal place to study urban and affordable housing. Social science researchers are taking a close look at families and how everything from finances to divorce affects today's family unit.

Education and Healthy Living

From food safety and childhood obesity to economic education and the STEM Education Center, University researchers are committed to educating people throughout the world on how to live healthier, happier lives.

Tai Mendenhall and his team collaborated with healthcare providers in St. Paul to partner with American Indian community elders in the Twin Cities. Over several years, they designed and launched a University/Community partnership called the Family Education Diabetes Series (FEDS). FEDS purposively combines Western knowledge regarding disease processes and management with Native worldviews of the Medicine Wheel and "Walking in Balance."

Tonya Schoenfuss and her team have shown that the polymerization of lactose with an acid catalyst and glucose creates a soluble fiber, which they call polylactose. This novel dietary fiber can be easily ground and shows great promise as a prebiotic additive to human food products or as a supplement.

Helen Kivnick and her team are committed to improving eldercare by focusing on what an individual can do rather than their limitations. The Vital Involvement (VI) construct suggests that with supports in the environment, even fragile elders can add value to family and community, and can, in doing so, require fewer expensive care-related services.