The Medical College of Wisconsin is a major national research center, in fact, the largest research institution in the Milwaukee metro area and second largest in Wisconsin. Medical College faculty received approximately $175 million in external support for research, teaching, training, and related purposes, of which approximately $161 million was for research, in fiscal year 2010–2011. This total includes highly competitive research and training awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In the federal government’s FY 2011, the College received $92 million in NIH funding and ranked 43rd among the nation’s 136 medical schools for NIH research funding. In FY 2011, the Medical College was one of only 20 of the top 50 medical schools (in terms of NIH funding) to receive and increase in base NIH funding.
The Medical College of Wisconsin’s research enterprise is focused on interdisciplinary collaboration among scientists and physicians with the goal of rapidly translating discoveries into advances for patient care. The Medical College of Wisconsin continues to expand its strong interdisciplinary research centers, joining faculty from many areas of specialized expertise to focus on cancer, cardiovascular diseases, neurosciences, infectious diseases and immunology, and community and population health research. Enabling technological platforms comprising genetics, imaging, stem cell biology and regenerative medicine, proteomics and structural biology, the Clinical and Translational Science Institute, and community and population health advance research in numerous biomedical areas at the Medical College.
Trainees are given the opportunity to select their Ph.D. advisor from a wide array of successful investigators in the basic science departments at the Medical College of Wisconsin. These departments include:
Public & Community Health
- requires a specific application process
This variety provides trainees with a broad spectrum of potential research laboratories to choose the one that will be the most ideal match to their own interests.
In addition to the basic science departments, many basic scientists have appointments in one of the several centers on campus that are focused on specific research questions pertinent to understanding human disease: