Research Topics

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 TypeDepartment
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 researchDepartment of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Allergy and asthma researchDivision of Allergy & Clinical Immunology
ALS researchThe Robert Packard Center for ALS Research at Johns Hopkins
Anesthesiology researchDepartment of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine
Arrhythmia , cardiomyopathy, heart failure, preventative cardiology and vascular topics researchHeart Institute
Biomechanics research, gait and mobility disorders, swallowing dysfunction researchDepartment of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Brain tumor, MS, pediatric neurosurgery and transverse myelitis research. Project RESTORENeurology and Neurosurgery Research Areas
Caffeine addiction researchJohns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
Cochlear implant technology researchThe Listening Center
Craniofacial disorders researchCenter for Craniofacial Development and Research
Diabetes researchDiabetes Research Center
Diabetes and Cholesterol Metabolism CenterDiabetes and Cholesterol Metabolism Center
General clinical research informationInstitute for Clinical and Translational Research
GI, livers and pancreas diseases researchGastroenterology & Hepatology Resource Center
Mass spectrometers researchMiddle Atlantic Spectrometry Lab
Neurovascular and Spine Interventions and AnatomyInterventional Neuroradiology
OACIS: A multidisciplinary clinical research group focused on understanding and improving patient outcomes after critical illness and surgeryAcute Respiratory Failure and Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder researchDepartment of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Otolaryngology (head and neck surgery) researchDepartment of Otolaryngology
Ophthalmology topics researchWilmer Eye Institute
Pain and pain relief researchBlaustein Pain Center
Pediatrics researchChildren's Center 
Pemphigus researchDepartment of Dermatology
Radiology topics researchDepartment of Radiology
Urological topics researchBrady Urological institute

Cancer Research

Research TypeDepartment
Cancer Biology, Cancer Immunology, Viral Oncology, Cancer Prevention and Control, Chemical Therapeutics, Cancer Imaging research topicsThe Bloomberg~Kimmel Institute for Cancer
Cystic Fibrosis ResearchCystic Fibrosis Center
Head and neck cancer topicsThe Head & Neck Cancer Center
Lymphoma researchThe Johns Hopkins Lymphoma SPORE
Gynecological cancer researchDepartment of Gynecological Oncology

Genetics Research

Research TypeDepartment
CFF Genotyping Center for Cystic FibrosisCystic Fibrosis- Genotyping Center
Immunogenetics and Disease researchImmunogenetics Lab
Sequencing and genotyping services for gene discoveryCenter for Inherited Disease Research
Schizophrenia and bipolar genetics researchEpidemiology & Genetics Program in Psychiatry

Genome Biology

Research TypeDepartment
Research into different types of cell engineeringCore Facilities