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It should be no surprise that an institution named after Dr. Rosalind Franklin, one of the 20th Century’s most brilliant researchers, continues to attract and retain some of the world’s best and brightest scientists. Our 40+ researchers and their teams, working in disease-related research areas, are heavily funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Continuing a heritage of research that impacts the world.

The Innovation and Research Park is more than a building. In the nearly 100,000 square feet of space it will add to our campus, we'll continue fulfilling our mission of not only advancing knowledge, but creating knowledge that can be translated into improving the health of the population.

As construction continues on the building, we've seized the opportunity to reorganize our research structure, organizing around diseases rather than the more traditional structure of organizing along departmental lines.

This reorganization – the most significant in our history – created a new disease-based institute based on brain disorders. Within that institute, we've created three additional centers focused on classes of brain disorders. We've also created centers focused on genetic diseases, another on cancer cell biology, immunology and infection, and the final one on proteomics and molecular therapeutics.

We integrated this structure into the planning and design of the Innovation and Research Park. Each floor will house one or two research centers, as well as bioscience industry space for collaborations. Working in proximity to our industry partners is designed to accelerate the translation of our biomedical discoveries into new therapeutics, diagnostics and biomarkers benefiting patients. Moving biomedical science into therapeutics is key to our university mission to improve the health of the population.

The new disease-based centers drive research excellence by gathering together our world-class researchers with common disease interests, and signals to our community (industry partners, alumni, faculty and students) the university's dedication to its research strengths and focus.

We are proud of this transformation, and we're excited about potential partnering of industry collaborators and our research centers in the Innovation and Research Park. We welcome your interest and visits – in person, and online.

Ronald S. Kaplan, PhD
Executive Vice President for Research