As a recipient of the National Institutes of Health Clinical and Translational Science Award, UF is part of an elite group of medical research institutions working together to speed the transformation of scientific discoveries into medical advances for patients.
Dr. Emina Huang is on the frontlines of breakthrough research into colon cancer. As an associate professor of surgery and molecular genetics and microbiology at UF, her work in the lab can one day lead to new ways to prevent the deadly disease — and third-year medical student Adam Bennett will have helped.
Bennett, who first began working with Dr. Huang in 2009 after his first year of medical school, is one of many UF medical students whose interest in medical discovery has been encouraged and nurtured by one of UF’s physician-scientists.
As world leaders in interdisciplinary research, the College of Medicine and the UF Health Science Center play an integral role in advancing the science that can have the biggest impact on the health of our nation and the world. This flurry of research activities at the College of Medicine and six major health-related research centers and institutes means medical students have a variety of options for research projects and responsibilities.
The College of Medicine is committed to training future leaders who will work at the intersection of science and medicine. Our M.D./Ph.D. program — for those who want to pursue dual degrees — combines medical education and training with a truly unique opportunity to engage in significant research. The goal of the program is to produce academic leaders who use their interdisciplinary training as physician-scientists to readily translate basic discoveries to the clinical setting while being sensitized to the need to close the gap in health disparities worldwide.
Did You Know?
Extensive research opportunities for students, together with research faculty, results in approximately 15 to 20 percent of UF medical graduates pursuing careers in academic medicine.
Studying Health Outcomes
In addition to biomedical research, the College of Medicine is focused on research that addresses the factors that contribute to disparities in health and health-care outcomes. Faculty in the Department of Health Outcomes and Policy collaborate with colleagues in departments and colleges throughout the Health Science Center and the broader UF community to not only promote health and improve outcomes but also to develop sound public policies to help accomplish this.
Centers and Institutes
- Genetics Institute
- McKnight Brain Institute
- UF Shands Cancer Center
- Institute on Aging
- Emerging Pathogens Institute
- Clinical and Translational Science Institute
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The Cancer & Genetics Research Complex houses the UF Shands Cancer Center and the UF Genetics Institute. Teams of scientists and clinicians work together under one roof to enhance the translation of basic laboratory findings to novel curative and preventive therapies for cancers and work to solve other human health issues.