Medical research is a vital part of the mission of the Quillen College of Medicine (QCOM). Scientists at the QCOM are actively researching the biological bases of medical and psychiatric disorders that reduce the quality of life of the people of our region as well as the world. Our faculty, staff and students are also actively engaged in research to develop novel treatments and cures for numerous disorders and diseases that affect the people of our region. QCOM scientists engage in research on a wide variety of medical research problems, but areas of particular focus include disorders that affect the cardiovascular system, the immune system, and the nervous system including the brain.
Another often overlooked yet critically important aspect of research at the QCOM is
its contribution to the education of our students. Through exposure to and engagement
in our research programs, students (undergraduate, graduate, and medical students)
develop their critical thinking skills, improve their ability to communicate scientific
information, build self-confidence, and learn to question “medical dogma”. These
important skills help them become better health professionals.