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Vanderbilt actively promotes research and teaching that crosses disciplines, departments and institutional lines through a multitude of centers and institutes. Vanderbilt University Medical Center has built a strong reputation as a leader in medical education, research and patient care throughout the Southeast and the nation over the course of its 135-year history. At its heart VUMC is driven by discovery and the translation of new knowledge into innovation in both patient care and graduate education for basic and clinical scientists.

The School of Medicine awarded its first Vanderbilt medical degrees in 1875 and now ranks 15th among 125 medical schools in U.S. News & World Report’s most recent survey. The School of Medicine claims two Nobel Laureates, Earl W. Sutherland Jr., in 1971, for his discovery of the metabolic regulating compound cyclic AMP, and Stanley Cohen, in 1986, for his discovery with colleague Rita Levi Montalcini of epidermal growth factor. Support for competitive research grants from all external sources has doubled since 2001 and exceeded $423 million for fiscal year 2009, and over 440 research investigators funded by the National Institutes of Health. These investigators mentor 589 graduate (Ph.D.) students and 530 postdoctoral fellows in programs, departments and divisions distributed across the entire Medical School.

Please explore the links below to learn more about Research at Vanderbilt Medical Center.

Departments & Programs
VU Basic Sciences
VUMC Office of Research
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Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)