Discovery & Innovation
Since our inception in 1807, our faculty have made numerous advances that have dramatically and measurably impacted and improved people’s lives. Our research has not just been theoretical science, but has always had a patient-centered focus. Every day, School of Medicine faculty are conducting groundbreaking research, asking “big science” questions, and making discoveries leading to new treatments and cures. Our physician-scientists truly embody the School of Medicine’s guiding principle of discovery-based medicine. Our approach to treatment, procedures and management of patients at hospitals across the University of Maryland Medical System is based on fundamental research conducted in the laboratory.
The School of Medicine's areas of research focus include:
Basic Science Research
Medical breakthroughs are built upon the foundation of basic science research research. The focus is on improving our understanding of health and human diseases at their most basic levels in order to develop more tailored therapies. Faculty scientists are turning more attention to chronic diseases with high morbidity, high mortality, and high disability - areas where we can make an impact and transform lives for the better.
Thanks to collaboration across research and clinical specialties, researchers are tackling complex heart conditions through discoveries and advancements in the laboratory, clinic and operating room.
The emergence of genomic medicine and the growth of personalized and preventive medicine will catalyze fundamental changes at many different levels in the future of health care and health systems. In short, genomics is revolutionizing medicine and healthcare, with the development of new life-saving diagnostics and medications.
Global Health and Vaccinology
Fighting diseases such as AIDS, EBOLA, Malaria and MERS, vaccinologists, virologists and other infectious disease experts at the University of Maryland are helping to protect people in 34 countries through the activities of the Institute of Human Virology, the newly established Institute for Global Health and the Center for Vaccine Development.