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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:

Will bring together the leaders in discrete research areas, and will allow us to coordinate tactics, set funding goals and measure progress, while providing high-level oversight and some degree of specificity. Focused thematic retreats will also serve to promote innovation.

The following thematic retreats have been proposed:

  • Cancer
  • Diabetes and cardiometabolic disease
  • Genome/Microbiome Science
  • Heart and Vascular Disease

Research Consortium Units:

To improve alignment of research ongoing in the basic and clinical departments, as well as remove the organizational silos separating collaboration, we will establish a number of Research Consortia Units “RCUs,” which include senior basic and clinical faculty with a common goal to answer “big science” research questions in key disease areas. We will leverage existing research interest groups within the School, encouraging continued collaboration and providing support. The first SOM RCU has already been established: The Brain Science Research Consortium Unit will conduct large-scale, multidisciplinary studies on brain function and dysfunction.

The unit is being led by:

Bankole Johnson, dSc, Md, MB, ChB, MPhil,
Professor and Chair of the department of
Psychiatry and Behavioral Science.