INSTITUTE FOR BASIC BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES Fundamental research that drives advances in medicine

The mission of the Institute for Basic Biomedical Sciences at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine is to promote the fundamental research that drives advances in medicine. By fostering a unique and collaborative environment that bridges basic science and clinical research, the IBBS supports and encourages interdisciplinary interactions that lead to discovery and innovation and educates and trains future leaders in biomedical research.

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One Year As Department Director, Decades As Leading Cancer Metastasis Researcher

Cell biologist Andrew Ewald is known for his discoveries in how breast cancer cells spread through the body at the cellular level. With a year as department director under his belt, we spoke with Ewald about his first year and the future of cancer metastasis research.

Andy Ewald and Ted Deweese holding a commemorative plaque at the Virginia DeAcetis Professorship dedication

Image of the Month: The Deadliest Cancer

Pancreatic cancer is the deadliest major cancer type, but Johns Hopkins Medicine biomedical engineers discovered a way to predict how likely a patient with pancreatic cancer will respond to treatment and survive.

Fluorescent image of immune cells clustered around pancreatic cancer cells

Johns Hopkins Researchers Build a "Bridge" to AI Technologies by Joining New NIH Consortium

Researchers are designing a system to ethically collect and generate a data set with various types of information that will be useful for many generations of scientists who specialize in using machine learning to solve challenging issues in human health.

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The Beckman Center for CyroEM at Johns Hopkins

The Beckman Center for Cryo-EM at Johns Hopkins provides cutting edge cryoelectron microscopy to the Johns Hopkins and regional communities. Hear about how cryoEM is being used at Johns Hopkins from leading scientists.

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Congratulations to Rick Huganir for receiving the Ralph W. Gerard Prize in Neuroscience from the Society for Neuroscience (SfN). The prize is the highest honor awarded by SfN and recognizes scientists who have made significant contributions to neuroscience throughout their careers. Huganir is the director of the Solomon H. Snyder Department of Neuroscience, co-director of the Pedersen Brain Science Institute, and a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of neuroscience and psychological and brain science.

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Neuroscientist Shigeki Watanabe has been named one of the 2022 Vallee Scholars by the Vallee Foundation. Watanabe studies the cellular and molecular basis of synaptic transmission and plasticity. The award provides research funding to support early-career scientists in the furthering of their careers. Read more.

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