A close-up image of laboratory equipment depicts test tubes, boxes and bottles on the shelf in a Penn State College of Medicine laboratory in summer 2016. Test tubes and one bottle are visible at left in focus, with other bottles out-of-focus to the right.

Biomedical Sciences Research

Leading the Way in Basic, Translational and Public Health Research

One of the founding missions of Penn State College of Medicine is to improve lives through research.

Every day in our labs, our classrooms and our clinical settings, people with a passion to better understand, prevent, diagnose, treat and cure human diseases are contributing to the future of health.

They ask questions; they test their assumptions. They try, they fail, and they try again.

They continually strive for answers.

College of Medicine faculty and staff secured $109 million in research awards during the past year, the highest amount ever. Even more importantly, those dollars recognize the promise we hold to make scientific contributions that matter.

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Questions about biomedical sciences research at Penn State College of Medicine can be directed to Sheila Vrana, PhD, Associate Dean for Research.

Email svrana@hmc.psu.edu Call 717-531-8495

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Recent Highlights

  • Physician-scientists have discovered that people with asthma have telltale molecules circulating in their blood, and this could lead to the first diagnostic blood test for asthma and more targeted treatments for the condition.
  • DNA is being gathered and analyzed at the Institute for Personalized Medicine to deliver targeted treatments to patients for diseases like ALS, cancer and multiple sclerosis.

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