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From deep brain stimulation and gene therapy to the invention of Gatorade and Trusopt, the UF College of Medicine has attained national leadership for its transformative, cutting-edge research. Among physicians and scientists, our institution is known for fostering a rich, collaborative environment that fuels discovery and encourages creativity. See how our research is changing lives.

Video Spotlights — Conducting Research — Research Facts

Video Spotlights

Karyn Esser, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Physiology & Functional Genomics
Myology Institute

Dr. Esser is a muscle physiologist who studies the role of circadian rhythms and the molecular clock mechanism in skeletal muscle homeostasis and health.

Edgardo Rodriguez, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Center for Translational Research in Neurodegenerative Disease

Dr. Edgardo Rodriguez is a neurobiologist who is developing gene-based therapies to treat neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease.

Duane Mitchell, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Neurosurgery
Preston A. Wells Jr. Center for Brain Tumor Therapy

Dr. Duane Mitchell is a neuro-oncologist who is developing therapies that stimulate immune responses against malignant brain tumor cells.

Mavis Agbandje-McKenna, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
McKnight Brain Institute

Dr. Mavis Agbandje-McKenna is a biophysicist/virologist who studies the structural biology of viruses and uses a multidisciplinary approach to development gene therapy for viral diseases.

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Conduct Research at the UF College of Medicine

Office of Research Affairs

Office of Research

This office supports faculty in finding funding opportunities and interpreting rules and procedures.

Research Administration and Compliance

Research Administration
and Compliance

This office manages policies, procedures, and standards to meet laws and funding agency requirements.

Core Facilities and Laboratories

Core Facilities
and Laboratories

Explore the College of Medicine’s foundations for our research discoveries and learning environments.

Research Facts

Ranked in the top 50

The UF College of Medicine is ranked in the top 50 of all U.S. medical schools for NIH research dollars awarded to medical schools and ranked 21 among public institutions.

U.S. News & World Report ranks the UF College of Medicine No. 40 among the 141 medical schools in the country and No. 16 among public institutions.

UF leads an NIH-funded Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, one of four in the country. This collaborative effort between UF and the Mount Sinai Medical Center is led by UF’s Todd Golde, M.D., Ph.D., and Steven Dekosky, M.D.

The Paul D. Wellstone Muscular Dystrophy Cooperative Research Center, directed by H. Lee Sweeney, Ph.D., is one of six NIH centers established to address muscle degeneration caused by muscular dystrophy.

Researchers at the UF Diabetes Institute, led by Mark Atkinson, Ph.D., received a UC4 award, the fourth awarded to UF, to study human islets in Type 1 diabetes. Less than 10 of these grants were awarded by the NIH in 2015.

Christopher Forsmark, M.D., Kenneth Cusi, M.D., and Steven Hughes, M.D., are part of the Consortium for the Study of Chronic Pancreatitis, Diabetes and Pancreatic Cancer — one of 10 such centers across the country.

The UF Clinical and Translational Science Institute, led by David Nelson, M.D., is among a network of approximately 60 Clinical and Translational Science Award hubs nationwide.

The OneFlorida Clinical Research Consortium, led by Elizabeth Shenkman, Ph.D., and Bill Hogan, M.D., is a statewide partnership and is one of 13 clinical data research networks nationwide.

Marco Pahor, M.D., director of the UF Institute on Aging, leads Florida’s first Claude. D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center, one of 15 in the nation.

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