Research Opportunities

photo_researchopp.jpgVanderbilt University Medical Center is a premier research facility that is internationally recognized for its leadership and innovation in the biomedical and biological sciences. With almost 500 laboratories conducting cutting-edge research, VMC attracts the best and brightest researchers from all over the world. Not surprisingly, VMC recently ranked first in the nation in the five-year growth rate of NIH-sponsored funding.

The research activities of faculty range from fundamental basic science to patient-oriented clinical studies. The extensive interchange of scientific information, techniques, and equipment between investigators reflects the interdisciplinary nature and collaborative spirit of the scientific endeavor at Vanderbilt.

Research Impacts Your Medical School Experience

Students who select Vanderbilt benefit from a large number of cooperative research programs, interdepartmental seminars, and core facilities.

Biomedical research at Vanderbilt has long been recognized for its contributions to the advancement of medicine. 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 a colleague of epidermal growth factor. The Medical School's reputation for outstanding research is reflected in the amount of federal and private support it receives.

Because of the creativity of the faculty, the School of Medicine ranks 10th overall out of 126 medical schools in the receipt of funding from the National Institutes of Health. Support for competitive research grants from all external sources was more than $417 million in FY 2008. In addition, the VUSM research enterprise has seen extraordinary growth in recent years. For the period 2000-2005, the compound annual growth rate in NIH grant awards was 17.8%—the fastest growth of all U.S. academic medical centers. Five School of Medicine departments rank in the top 10 nationwide in scholarly output in 2006-07, calculated in terms of faculty publications, citations, awards, and grants.

Major translational research initiatives are moving discoveries from the bench to the bedside and will transform health care and health care delivery.