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Research Overview

The UNM School of Medicine has been exploring ways to improve human health through biomedical research and population health research since its founding nearly 50 years ago. Faculty members conduct a broad range of research, from cell- and animal-based laboratory studies to population health and community-engaged clinical investigations.

Cutting-edge Research

The research interests of the school's 950 faculty members are closely aligned with the Health Sciences Center's six signature programs:

  • Brain and behavioral illness
  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular and metabolic disease
  • Child health
  • Environmental health services 
  • Infectious diseases and immunity

Explore the wide range of research projects in individual departments, centers and institutes.

UNM ResearcherResearch that Improves Health

Interdisciplinary teams conduct research that has substantially improved health in New Mexico and throughout the world. Our scientists focus on:

  • Population health
  • Comparative effectiveness research
  • Advanced microscopy
  • Molecular screening for drugs
  • Neurosciences
  • Immunology 
  • Cell biology

Addressing New Mexico's Needs

Faculty members regularly collaborate with our major centers, UNM's Clinical and Translational Science Center and the Comprehensive Cancer Center, as well as our programs in:

  • Spatiotemporal modeling
  • Human papillomavirus research
  • Project ECHO
  • Numerous neurosciences programs and others

This flexible, focused approach addresses New Mexico's unique multicultural health needs while making significant contributions to improving global human health.

The School of Medicine is thus well-positioned to compete for and conduct biomedical and population health research studies to improve the health and quality of life for all.