Modern biomedical research uses a wide variety of different approaches to achieve a better understanding of the human organism in health and disease. These include the systems analysis of modern physiological studies, detailed microscopic anatomical techniques, and a large array of powerful methods expanding our knowledge at a molecular level. The Program in Molecular Medicine incorporates three distinct tracks which represent complementary approaches to biomedical research.
In the Molecular & Cellular Oncology track, the disease of cancer is a unifying research focus, ranging from new treatment options to molecular signaling underlying carcinogenesis. For the Neuroscience track, the research focus is the nervous system, ranging from anatomical organization to neurotransmitter signaling to molecular activity of ion channels. Pharmacology research centers on the interaction of molecules (drugs) with biological systems, ranging from how the body handles drugs and toxins, to the interactions of such compounds with their molecular targets. In Physiology the focus is on biological systems, from function of organ systems to how cells regulate ionic fluxes. Although these research areas are diverse, there are also many areas of overlap; we call the integration of these disciplines Molecular Medicine.