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Fields of Research

The Department has internationally renowned research programs in a number of areas and our residents have conducted research projects in nearly all of these programs over the past few years. Including:

  • Cardiovascular biology
  • Pulmonary inflammation and immunology
  • Obesity
  • Androgen biochemistry and biology
  • Diabetes
  • Arthritis
  • Alcohol/substance abuse
  • Computational biomedicine
  • Genetics
  • Cancer biology
  • Clinical epidemiology
  • Preventive medicine
  • Amyloidosis
  • Vasculitis
  • Bacterial diseases
  • Sickle cell disease

Unique Opportunities for Research

The most important longitudinal study of cardiac risk factors ever conducted – the Framingham Heart Study – is based at Boston University and is strongly supported by the National Heart, Lung, Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health. A number of investigators including residents in the Department of Medicine have strong linkages to the Framingham study.  Continued study of the biologic and phenotypic information from the Framingham patient cohort will continue the remarkable 50 year legacy of key insights into risk factors and pathophysiology of human disease.

The National Emerging Infectious Disease Institute was funded by the NIH, Boston University, and Boston Medical Center. This 200,000 sq ft research center will attract 20 research teams to conduct research on emerging infectious diseases. Additional research opportunities pertaining to specific departments and laboratory investigators may be found on our Department of Medicine Main Webpage.

Together, these well-funded research centers provide unique opportunities for our residents to receive advanced research training during residency in a manner that complements clinical training and provides meaningful opportunities to work closely with our faculty.