Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research (Evans Center)


The goal of the Evans Center is to promote growth and discovery in emerging interdisciplinary biomedical research and educational areas by providing faculty affiliated with the Department of Medicine and with various schools, departments and centers at Boston University a dynamic, interdisciplinary organizational structure, which allows investigators with different areas of expertise to collectively address mechanisms of disease, and to facilitate new training opportunities.

Mission Statement

Faculty affiliated with the Evans Center hold academic appointments with different departments. The Center provides opportunities for collaborations within Affinity Research Collaboratives (ARCs) organized around foci of common research interests. The extraordinary strength in biomedical and physical sciences at Boston University, and the support and development of the ARCs create opportunities for new interdisciplinary approaches to both research and training in biomedical research. Basic science discovery promoted by ARCs are also available to the Clinical and Translational Science Institute and to other centers for collaborative translational applications.

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Links to publications on the Evans Center as New Paradigm for pursuing Research and Education

Publication 1: K. Ravid et al, Academic Medicine, 2013; Publication 2: AAAS Press Release, April 27, 2017; Publication 3: K. Ravid et al, J. Academic Medicine, 2017; Publication 4: Coleman, Spira and Ravid, Trans Am Clin Climatol Assoc., 2013


Upcoming mini-Symposia and Deadlines

(check our periodical announcements and/or contact us)

  • October 1, 2020: Tobacco Regulatory Science ARC Symposium | 3:00pm – 6:00pm | Hillel House 4th Floor, 213 Bay State Rd, Boston, MA | Keynote Speaker, Dr. Stanton Glantz, is an internationally renowned expert in the cardiovascular effects of tobacco products and the impact of tobacco control policies on use patterns.
  • November 12, 2020: 4th Annual Mobile and Electronic Health-ARC symposium | 1:00pm – 5:00pm | Hiebert Lounge 14th Floor, 72 E Concord St, Boston, MA | Featured Speakers: “Challenges in Developing Online Learning Algorithms to Dynamically Personalize Mobile Health Interventions”, Susan Murphy, PhD, Professor of Statistics, Radcliffe Alumnae Professor , Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University Professor of Computer Science, Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences | “Making Digital Mental Health Work in the Real World”, David C. Mohr, PhD, Professor, Department of Preventive Medicine, Director, Center for Behavioral Intervention Technologies (CBITs), Northwestern University | Industry Panel, Panel Moderator: Mark Aloia, PhD, Global Lead, Philips Respironics, Dustin DiTommaso, Senior VP, Mad*Pow, Scott Werntz, President, Agile Health, Alexander Bendayen, DDS, Assistant Dean of Digital Development, GDSM


Monthly ARC Meetings and Upcoming Events

These meetings held via Zoom, scheduled by the ARC Directors. Please contact them directly for more information.

Thrombosis to Hemostasis in Health and Disease

1st Tuesdays, 700 Albany St, W502, 3pm – 4:15pm

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Etiology & Pathogenesis of Oral Cancer (EPOC ARC)

1st Mondays, Molecular & Cell Biology Conf Room (Evans 4th floor), 10:30 – 11:30am

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Precision Medicine for Alzheimer Disease and Related Disorders

2nd Tuesdays

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Mobile & Electronic (ME)- Health

1st Thursdays, 72 E Concord St, E118, 12pm – 1pm

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Tobacco Regulatory Science

3rd Wednesdays, 88 E Newton St, Cardiology Conf room, D805, 2:30pm – 3:30pm

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Connecting Tissues and Investigators (Fibrosis in Pathology)

4th Thursdays, 72 E Concord St, Rheumatology Conf room, E542, 4pm – 5pm

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Systems Biology Approaches to Microbiome Research (Microbiome ARC)

Please contact ARC Directors for meetings times and location

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2020 ARC Directors Luncheon Meeting

12:00-1:30 pm, W-502

Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Monthly ARC meeting times and locations should be verified with ARC Directors listed @



Environmental Toxicants Initiative: please click here to view description and contacts if you are interested in participating in this ongoing discussion


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Please see our Past Events under Seminars/Mini-Symposia/Research Retreats

August 6, 2020
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of BU School of Medicine