Department of Medicine

Research at the Department of Medicine

he Department of Medicine is the largest recipient of sponsored funding of any Harvard Medical School affiliate and continues to break new ground in biomedical research. The innovation and leadership by our scientists ensure the ongoing success of the department, particularly in the fields of basic, translational, and clinical research involving disease-oriented research, patient-oriented research, and population science. This level of success is facilitated by departmental and hospital leadership, who provide the support necessary to develop premier research programs.

The department’s research community is comprised of over 400 research faculty and more than 400 research fellows. Our investigators are nationally and internationally recognized for their achievements and are represented in some of medicine’s leading honorific societies.

Research Funding and Sponsorship

Today, the department’s research programs consist of more than 1,300 active projects focusing on basic, translational, clinical and epidemiological research, with approximately 60 percent of these being funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Between 2005 and 2015, research expenditures in the department have grown by 97 percent, and this takes place in 445,000 net assignable square feet of research space throughout the Brigham and Women’s Hospital campus.

Total Research Activity Chart
DOM FY 16 Total Research Revenue by Sponsor Chart


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