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E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA

Accelerating Innovation and Discovery in Medicine (ACCEL-Med), a major initiative of the University of Maryland School of Medicine, was launched on November 22, 2013. ACCEL-Med will increase the pace and scope of clinical and basic sciences research and will dramatically impact and improve human health and well-being. The initiative kicked off with the first SOM Festival of Science, a full day symposium highlighting the research being done by our faculty. Francis Collins, MD, PhD, Director of the National Institutes of Health, delivered the inaugural keynote address.


Watch: ACCEL-Med: A Progress Report from Dean Reece


The Festival of Science

The ACCEL-Med initiative was launched in late 2013 at the inaugural Festival of Science, a full day symposium which highlighted groundbreaking research being done by School of Medicine faculty.

Scientific Advisory Council

A cornerstone of the ACCEL-Med Initiative is the meeting of our external Scientific Advisory Council (SAC) at the annual Festival of Science.

Interdisciplinary Research

One of the major recommendations made by the distinguished Scientific Advisory Council was for the School of Medicine to continue its strong focus on collaborative research, and ensure that programs and policies are in place to encourage interdisciplinary research.

  • Thematic Retreats
  • Research Consortia Units
  • Dean’s Challenge Awards

Center for Biomedical Resources (CIBR)

The School of Medicine formally opened in November 2013, its new core biomedical research facilities with funding from National Institutes of Health (NIH) and now officially dedicated by NIH Director Francis Collins as the Center for Innovative Biomedical Resources (CIBR).

Foundations of Research & Critical Thinking

The Class of 2017 is the first class to take part in this new, required course for all medical students, called Foundations of Research and Critical Thinking (FRCT).

New Funding Goals

With the dramatic federal funding cuts to NIH, and in order to continue UM Medicine’s amazing success over the past several years, we will need to significantly increase the amount of research and federal funding we receive.

Dean's Call to Action

In order to make our ACCEL-Med initiative a success, everyone in the School of Medicine must play an active part. With that in mind, Dean Reece is asking everyone to consider the following“calls to action” in their daily work routines.

Download the ACCEL-Med Brochure PDF