Research Opportunities

Pushing the Boundaries of Science

 

Medicine is evolving almost daily. Being on the forefront of new discoveries and new treatments that benefit patients is of the utmost importance. As part of NSU's research-focused M.D. program, you will participate in research that will shape your understanding of medicine.

Through research, you gain:

  • Exposure to a diverse range of health issues
  • Development of analytical and problem-solving skills that can translate to better approaches to patient care
  • Innovations from the bench to the bedside that can result in improved treatment options for patients

Partnerships Without Borders

NSU MD travels beyond state and national borders to partner with the best. The college collaborates with leading researchers from the Karolinska Institutet (KI) in Sweden, ranked among the best worldwide when it comes to studying medicine and life sciences. It's also home to the Nobel Assembly, which awards the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

Partnerships Without Borders

NSU MD travels beyond state and national borders to partner with the best. The college collaborates with leading researchers from the Karolinska Institutet (KI) in Sweden, ranked among the best worldwide when it comes to studying medicine and life sciences. It's also home to the Nobel Assembly, which awards the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

Participate in Breakthrough Work

NSU MD faculty members actively participate in innovative research, both in the lab and clinical setting, to further develop discoveries that can benefit patients. Students will be able to conduct research with faculty members in the newly opened $100 million Center for Collaborative Research, one of the largest (215,000 square feet) and most-advanced research facilities in Florida. Students also will be able to support research in clinical trials through NSU’s health care partners.

 

Working in close collaboration with NSU MD colleagues, researchers in the NSU Cell Therapy Institute are dedicated to innovative translational biomedical research, focused on the discovery and development of cell-based therapies to prevent, treat, and cure life-threatening and debilitating diseases.

The NSU Cell Therapy Institute is a unique collaboration with leading medical research scientists from NSU and Sweden’s world-renowned Karolinska Institutet (KI) in Stockholm. KI is globally recognized for its Nobel Assembly, which awards the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine annually.

Together, we are achieving exciting breakthroughs to reduce lag time involved in translating discoveries from bench to bedside by developing a full-circle investigative process to expedite discoveries.

We Focus On

  • Accelerating advancement of next-generation approaches to precision medicine such as targeted immunotherapy and regenerative medicine with an initial focus on treating cancers, heart disease and disorders causing blindness.
  • Tackling pediatric cancer. NSU is focusing on sarcomas, a promising research area hindered by low funding due to their long bench to bedside lag times. The team developed a new process that expedites discoveries by repurposing sarcoma tissues, normally incinerated after surgical removal, which are now harnessed for scientific investigation instead. The goal: transfer discoveries made here to durable cures for other cancer types.
  • Creating an expanded tumor library for further research. This initiative is a collaboration with the NSU AutoNation Institute for Breast and Solid Tumor Cancer Research, which focuses on how DNA damage and defects in DNA repair contribute to cancer.
  • Regenerating damaged heart tissue. With the ultimate goal of reducing transplants, which are always costly, difficult and complicated, NSU and visiting researchers from Karolinka Institutet are investigating new clinical strategies for heart tissue repair and the best type of stem cells to regenerate heart valves.
  • Reversing vision loss due to macular degeneration and related diseases by replacing the degenerating, damaged retinal cells in the eye with healthy stem cells.

NSU M.D. reaches far beyond state and national borders to advance discoveries using a collaborative approach and providing students with direct exposure to world-class medical sciences research. We seek out the strongest global expertise and talent, integrating that research and education into our curriculum.

Faculty and students learn about this translational research process through direct participation in collaborations with researchers and scientists from the Karolinska Institutet who serve as mentors to the NSU MD faculty researchers.

This collaboration is facilitated by the Life Sciences International Program, an international research and educational exchange program that coordinates interactions between KI colleagues, other researchers from around the globe and NSU faculty and students.

Additional strategies are being developed to further promote the quality of medical education at NSU MD, while simultaneously advancing the application of experimental research discoveries to improve patient care in the real world.

 

Research Partnerships

Integrating Research into Medicine