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At the foundation of Johns Hopkins Medicine is research.

Interdisciplinary, innovative and pioneering investigations at Johns Hopkins are not only the stuff of scientific history, but also the vital underpinning of both a world-renowned medical education and unsurpassed patient care.

A mind-boggling and ever-expanding range of topics run the gamut from basic and clinical to translational research.  Basic research provides a fundamental understanding of molecules and mechanisms that, without offering any apparent practical avenue for patient treatment, involves identifying cellular processes and genetic mutations and revealing breakdowns in cellular communication associated with all manner of diseases and disorders—Marfan syndrome, for instance. Clinical research—such as testing a hypertension medicine in mice genetically engineered to have Marfan syndrome, for instance—applies itself directly to improving the human condition. Translational research—often described as “bench-to-bedside” studies—accelerates the discovery of new treatments directed at the basic mechanisms of disorder and disease and hastens the time when effective treatments become a reality.  Marfan syndrome is just one excellent example of how finding the genes responsible for a disease, and discovering what regulates them, can lead to therapy.

General Research

Research Type Department
Addictions, affective disorders, Alzheimer’s, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, brain injury, brain stimulation, child and adolescent, eating disorders, geriatric psychiatry,  Huntington's, neurobiology, parkinson's and memory disorders research Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Allergy and asthma research Division of Allergy & Clinical Immunology
ALS research The Robert Packard Center for ALS Research at Johns Hopkins
Anesthesiology research Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine
Arrhythmia , cardiomyopathy, heart failure, preventative cardiology and vascular topics research Heart Institute
Biomechanics research, gait and mobility disorders, swallowing dysfunction research Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Brain tumor, MS, pediatric neurosurgery and transverse myelitis research. Project RESTORE Neurology and Neurosurgery Research Areas
Caffeine addiction research Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
Cochlear implant technology research The Listening Center
Craniofacial disorders research Center for Craniofacial Development and Research
Diabetes research Diabetes Research Center
Diabetes and Cholesterol Metabolism Center Diabetes and Cholesterol Metabolism Center
General clinical research information Institute for Clinical and Translational Research
GI, livers and pancreas diseases research Gastroenterology & Hepatology Resource Center
Mass spectrometers research Middle Atlantic Spectrometry Lab
Neurovascular and Spine Interventions and Anatomy Interventional Neuroradiology
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder research Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Otolaryngology (head and neck surgery) research Department of Otolaryngology
Ophthalmology topics research Wilmer Eye Institute
Pain and pain relief research Blaustein Pain Center
Pediatrics research Children's Center 
Pemphigus research Department of Dermatology
Radiology topics research Department of Radiology
Urological topics research Brady Urological institute

Cancer Research

Research Type Department
Cancer Biology, Cancer Immunology, Viral Oncology, Cancer Prevention and Control, Chemical Therapeutics, Cancer Imaging research topics Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center
Cystic Fibrosis Research Cystic Fibrosis Center
Head and neck cancer topics The Head & Neck Cancer Center
Lymphoma research The Johns Hopkins Lymphoma SPORE
Gynecological cancer research Department of Gynecological Oncology

Genetics Research

Research Type Department
CFF Genotyping Center for Cystic Fibrosis Cystic Fibrosis- Genotyping Center
Immunogenetics and Disease research Immunogenetics Lab
Sequencing and genotyping services for gene discovery Center for Inherited Disease Research
Schizophrenia and bipolar genetics research Epidemiology & Genetics Program in Psychiatry

Genome Biology

Research Type Department
Research into different types of cell engineering Core Facilities