Health & Wellness Research Initiative (HWRI)

The Health and Wellness Research Initiative is a campus-wide initiative to aggressively advance Illinois' health and wellness research efforts through a highly visible, campus-level initiative. The initiative was launched following the recommendations of the Health and Wellness Steering Committee and the Health and Wellness Implementation Team reports. The goals of the campus-wide program are:


  • to bring together scholars from a wide-range of units with expertise in health research
  • to expand the capacity and prominence of health and wellness research at Illinois though innovative work, new partnerships and large, multi-investigator efforts
  • to position the institution for the highest levels of success in securing external support for innovative scholarship in health and wellness arena.

Disability Research Institute (DRI)

Funded from June 2000 to July 2007 as a cooperative agreement between the Social Security Administration (SSA) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the Disability Research Institute (DRI) developed a national network of partners producing high-impact research in disability. Housed within the College of Applied Health Sciences' Center on Health, Aging, and Disability, the DRI served as a mechanism for partnering rigorous scientific research with the experience and practice expertise of the SSA to frame a focused research agenda designed to meet the informational needs of the agency. The DRI cooperative agreement brought together nationally recognized teams to conduct projects identified as need areas within SSA with minimal time delays between project implementation and applicable information.

Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES)

The mission of Disability Resources and Educational Services is to ensure that qualified individuals with disabilities are afforded an equal opportunity to participate in and benefit from the curricular, co-curricular and vocational opportunities available at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign through the collaborative promotion, provision and/or pursuit of innovative accommodative and educational services, and interdisciplinary disability research.