The faculty members of the Department of Medicine have contributed many important research advances. In addition to original research, many of the faculty members participate in consensus conferences, prepare clinical guidelines, participate in the peer-review process for grants and manuscripts, and write authoritative chapters and reviews. Because it is not possible to highlight all research activity in this space, you are invited to visit the individual division pages to see where Northwestern University clearly excels and where our momentum is likely to accelerate in the near future.
Publications in the department range from high-impact general interest journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, The Lancet, the Journal of Clinical Investigation, the Journal of the American Medical Association, Nature Genetics, Nature, and Science, to high quality specialty journals in each of our many disciplines. Department of Medicine faculty publishes over 400 peer-reviewed articles each year.
Meet our Researchers:
Marcus E. Peter, PhD
Professor of Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology
Leader of the Cancer Genetics Program of the Lurie Cancer Center
"My lab has two major research interests. Area number one relates to apoptosis or programmed cell death as it is induced by a surface protein named Fas. In recent years... " read more
Research in our department can be predicted to grow in several complementary directions. With active recruitment and retention of visionary faculty members who are leaders in their chosen fields and the opening of the Robert H. Lurie Medical Research Center in 2005, we have significantly increased laboratory-based research. There is an increased critical mass of investigators interested in preventive medicine, clinical trials, and health services research. In each of these areas, considerable training and specialization are required for the greatest chance of success. Our faculty members are therefore becoming increasingly differentiated in the types of research they perform and are establishing premiere multidisciplinary research collaborations and consortia. While such differentiation is important for success in the current era, it creates special challenges for communicating across disciplines. To maximize our ability to take advantage of institutional resources and the experts that we have on site, we are working hard to keep up with the many advances occurring within our institution.
The Department obtains external research funding from approximately 250 investigator-initiated grants and 300 industry sponsored clinical trails. We occupy over 250,000 square feet of space on the Chicago campus including approximately 100,000 square feet of wet bench lab space. Ultimately, the Department of Medicine's research program sets the standard for excellence and value.
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