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 2016 fiscal year, grants and contracts totaling more than $548 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.
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.
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:
- Clinical Research Training Center (CRTC): Clinical and translational research training programs, degrees and classes for predoctoral students, house-staff, postdoctoral fellows and faculty
- Division of Biology & Biomedical Sciences: PhD programs offered through the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
- Institute for Public Health: Undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate degrees and programs in public health
- MD/PhD through the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP): Combined-degree training program for future physician scientists
- Postdoctoral Research: Training positions designed to enhance scientific, professional and other skills
- Medical Student Research Opportunities: Summer and year-long mentored research programs for medical students, offered through the Office of Medical Student Research