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Research

From the origins of diseases to their impact on public health, our scientists are making discoveries that move medicine forward.

Washington University School of Medicine has an outstanding history of biomedical research in an environment that cultivates the best minds in science and medicine.

Many medical firsts and 18 Nobel Laureates are associated with the School of Medicine, which is ranked among the top medical schools in the United States by U.S. News & World Report.

The School of Medicine maintains one of the most dynamic and robust research enterprises in the nation. During the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014, grants and contracts totaling more than $464.7 million supported faculty research efforts at the School of Medicine. It is one of the largest recipients of funding for research and training from the National Institutes of Health, with the majority of the funds awarded for research in cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, infectious disease and genomics.

Initiatives include basic science, as well as clinical and translational research projects aimed at accelerating the application of research innovations to treatment options for patients.

Translating scientific breakthroughs from bench to bedside

BioMed 21 is a bold Washington University initiative dedicated to translating basic science discoveries into solutions for the world’s biggest health problems.

Translational research at the School of Medicine »

The school continues to invest in basic discovery research, the driving force for most medical breakthroughs, and employ sophisticated genetic and imaging tools that have pushed discovery research into our clinics, hospitals, and communities.

We are at a critical point in the history of science and medicine. Enormous opportunities exist for advancing our understanding of basic biological, chemical, and physical processes. Washington University embodies specific goals for realizing these opportunities as a means of improving human health through greater understanding of the mechanisms of disease.

View the Washington University Annual Research Report.

Training tomorrow’s scientists

The School of Medicine offers programs and resources to help future and current scientists build their skills under the leadership of world-renowned investigators.

Training and education programs include: