Yandong Zhou, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Cellular & Molecular Physiology at Penn State College of Medicine, is pictured looking into a microscopy in a department laboratory in July 2016. Zhou is wearing a lab coat and glasses and is framed by other laboratory equipment.

Research

Leading Innovation Through Research

The Penn State College of Medicine Crescent is a familiar sight in the Hershey, Pennsylvania, area.

Penn State College of Medicine strives to be a national leader in pursuing basic, clinical, translational and health services research, and developing programs to advance medical and scientific knowledge.

The ultimate goal is to contribute to the health of the public, the practice of medicine and the education of health professionals.

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Our Foundation in the Research Continuum

Penn State College of Medicine has nationally recognized investigators advancing the understanding of health sciences across a broad continuum of research types:

  • Basic: Investigative research that advances our scientific understanding of issues affecting health
  • Clinical: Medical research directly involving patients that seeks to better understand and manage human illnesses
  • Translational: Research that applies the discoveries made by basic research investigators to studies with patients or to best practices in the practice of medicine
  • Health Services: Research that examines the health care system and access to care, and the effect that care has on patients

Supporting Research at the College of Medicine

Core Facilities & Research Resources

The College has both fully supported institutional facilities and independently-available departmental labs and equipment that can be used or hired to assist investigators in their research.

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Our Research

Clinical research and biomedical sciences research are both crucial to the continued advancement of our medical knowledge.

Find out more about clinical research at Penn State College of Medicine.

Find out more about biomedical sciences research at the College.

Research Administration & Support

Getting a new project up and running can be trying for even the most experienced investigator. At the College of Medicine, we have expert staff available to help guide you through the process.

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Innovative Initiatives

Simulation Center

Students in the Physician Assistant program practice using a surgical simulator in the Penn State College of Medicine Simulation Center in July 2016. The female and male students are seen looking into a white box, with their hands operating controls whose responses are simulated on the on-screen display.
A surgery simulator is one of many tools available in the Sim Center.

The Clinical Simulation Center at Penn State College of Medicine is focused on research into the most effective uses of simulation to improve patient outcomes while enhancing practitioner skills, clinical competence and teamwork.

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Innovation Café

Innovation Café is a regional event focused on expanding and sustaining the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Central Pennsylvania. This reoccurring networking forum features high-profile guest speakers discussing industry innovations, business trends, regulations and the impact on the life sciences and healthcare community. A scene from a summer 2016 Innovation Cafe is pictured, with a blonde woman in a flowered shirt visible in the center, looking at a man in a suit at right as a woman in a blazer at left looks on. A tree and other Innovation Cafe attendees can be seen in the background.
A 2016 Innovation Café event focused on female entrepreneurs in medicine.

Innovation Café is a regional event focused on expanding and sustaining the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Central Pennsylvania. This reoccurring networking forum features high-profile guest speakers discussing industry innovations, business trends, regulations and the impact on the life sciences and healthcare community.

Read more about Innovation Café.

Clinical & Translational Science Institute

The Penn State Clinical & Translational Science Institute (CTSI) is part of the National Institutes of Health Clinical & Translational Science Award. The CTSI supports a variety of research programs at Penn State College of Medicine including PSU Pathways to Partnerships, which provides seed funding to support and stimulate new collaborations. The photo shows a group of investigators sitting at round tables during a P3 event. A woman in a black and magenta shirt is the focus of the photo, and other participants can be seen around her table and at the table behind her. The tables have blue and white tablecloths as well as table card signs with the CTSI and Penn State University logos.
The Penn State CTSI offers a variety of research networking programs, such as Penn State Pathway to Partnerships.

As a member of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical and Translational Science Award Network (UL1 TR00127), Penn State's CTSI provides resources, collaboration opportunities, services, workforce training, education and tools to help translate new research findings into tangible health benefits that improve the lives of those in the Commonwealth and beyond.

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Institute for Personalized Medicine

The Penn State Institute for Personalized Medicine labs offer cutting-edge genomic technologies. A scene from a lab is pictured, with a row of workstations, each with a chair, as well as a sink visible at the front of the photo. Other laboratory equipment can be seen in the background, including a glassware drying rack over the sink.
The Penn State Institute for Personalized Medicine offers state-of-the-art laboratory facilities.

Penn State's Institute for Personalized Medicine uses individual characteristics to tailor medical treatments By understanding the genetic differences between people, doctors and investigators can best target their therapies. Penn State's IPM gives scientists the tools to develop research studies seeking this information, and future therapies for patients.

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