Research in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine

With the addition of one of America’s newest medical schools at Florida Atlantic University, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine is capitalizing on its existing strengths in basic, applied and translational biomedical research. The college is composed of two departments; the Department of Biomedical Science and the Integrated Medical Science Department. Researchers in the college are addressing some of the world’s most pressing health challenges and making contributions each and every day to develop and test novel approaches for treating various diseases and conditions that afflict us globally.

In addition, the college has research affiliations with several organizations including Scripps Florida, the Max Planck Florida Institute, Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies, the Vaccine Gene Therapy Institute Florida and the Florida Atlantic Research and Development Authority.

                     Max Planck Florida         Scripps Florida        Torrey Pines     
                     Max Planck Florida             Scripps Florida                    Torrey Pines 

                                        Research Park         VGTI Florida                                                                                Research Park                    VGTI Florida

Faculty in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine is engaged in cutting-edge research on all fronts of modern biomedical sciences. Some areas of concentration include:

  • RNA metabolism in bacterial pathogens and its functions promoting oxidative stress survival and governing virulence gene expression
  • Novel treatment approaches for arthritis and other inflammatory diseases by engineering enzymes and inhibitors
  • Neurotransmitter systems and neurodegenerative diseases with concentration on GABA and glutamate neurotransmitter systems as well as brain diseases
  • Developmental neurobiology with concentration on olfactory (odorant sensory system) system
  • Behavioral neurobiology with concentration on drug abuse and addiction
  • Physiology and pathophysiology of cardiovascular system with focus on heart development, heart vascular biology and heart physiology
  • Visual system with concentration on macular degeneration, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, retina electrophysiology, dry eyes and gene therapy for retinal diseases
  • Immunology and allergy research with concentration on immune response and asthma
  • Cancer research with concentration on prostate cancer, breast cancer and other forms of cancer
  • Development of novel therapeutics for HIV/AIDS
  • Healthy Aging Research Initiative, a community-based cohort study of healthy aging and diversity involving nearly 400 diverse members of the south Florida community
  • Clinical implementation research on INTERACT (Interventions to Reduce Acute Care Transfers), a quality improvement program that has shown promise in reducing unnecessary hospitalizations of older nursing home residents, as well as related complications and costs
  • Industry-sponsored clinical research investigating new treatments for Alzheimer’s disease  
  • Diversity/Cultural Competency
  • Other areas of research include stem cell technology and biomarkers identification and validation
  • Immunobiology of dendritic cells with focus on designing strategies for the therapy of cancer, autoimmune diseases and transplant rejection




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