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Accelerating Discovery

Investing in Health Sciences

With world-class assets, led by our globally acclaimed School of Medicine, SLU’s health sciences education features a unique depth and breadth. Our students learn by doing – whether in the classroom, during simulations, in labs or in clinical environments – while our Jesuit heritage ensures that they learn the importance of compassion in care.

But the pace of change these days is rapid. That’s particularly true in the health sciences, where new discoveries and advances in technology happen almost daily. As ever-evolving disciplines, education in these fields requires state-of-the-art technology and continually updated facilities.

It’s essential that SLU not only keep pace, but lead the way in expanding the boundaries of medical knowledge and application. Accelerating Excellence: The Campaign for Saint Louis University will allow SLU to invest in infrastructure and technology to accelerate discovery and enhance our ability to compete for external funding across all health sciences schools and research divisions.

Learn more about our focus on health sciences in the video below.

Campaign in Action: Health Sciences

An aerial photo of the modern brick buildng that houses SLU's School of Nursing.

St. Louis Magazine recognized the region’s top nurses during the 13th annual Excellence in Nursing Virtual Awards Ceremony.

SLU's DuBourg Hall, seen from across Grand Boulevard with flags flying in the foreground.

In honor of Women’s History Month, we spotlight five SLU researchers and clinicians who are making a difference.

Headshot of Bernard Rousseau, Ph.D.

The University has selected Bernard “Bernie” Rousseau, Ph.D., MMHC, CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow, to serve as the next permanent dean of its Doisy College of Health Sciences.

SLU's north campus as seen from an aerial view looking east, with a blue sky and backlit clouds.

Saint Louis University has 29 graduate and professional programs ranked in the top 100 in the 2023 edition of U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Graduate Schools guide.

Wearing a white lab coat, Adriana Montano, Ph.D. looks at the camera while standing in her lab.

Adriana Montaño, Ph.D., professor of pediatrics, biochemistry and molecular biology at the School of Medicine, has been named a senior member of the National Academy of Inventors for her research on rare genetic diseases.

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Saint Louis University has appointed Christine Jacobs, M.D., as SLU’s next permanent vice president for medical affairs and dean of the School of Medicine

Headshot of Ellen Barnidge, Ph.D.

Ellen K. Barnidge, Ph.D., associate professor of behavioral science and health education, has been appointed to serve as the interim dean of SLU’s College for Public Health and Social Justice.

Richard DiPaolo

Dr. DiPaolo is professor and interim chair of the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology.

Schwitalla Hall

Amy Bilyeu, M.D., an assistant professor in Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health at the School of Medicine, was named to the 2021 list.

Haedshot of Edwin Antony, Ph.D.

An associate professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Antony’s research includes how enzymes function within cells and how they recognize damage to DNA that can cause diseases such as cancer.

An African American patient sits in front of a computer to conduct a hearing test.

An interdisciplinary team at Saint Louis University is collaborating to educate African American adults 60 and over about the link between brain health and hearing loss.

Headshot of Christine Hachem, M.D.

Christine Hachem, M.D., professor in the Department of Internal Medicine in the School of Medicine, was elected to serve as Missouri Governor for the American College of Gastroenterology.

Krista Lentine, M.D., Ph.D., sits at her desk.

Nephrologist Krista Lentine, M.D., Ph.D., was presented with the 2021 Clinical Science Established Investigator Award, which is bestowed annually on a professor-level senior clinical scientist. 

Terri Rebmann. Ph.D.

The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) will honor Terri Rebmann, Ph.D., special assistant to the President and the director of SLU's Institute for Biosecurity, with the organization’s President’s Distinguished Service Award.

SLU's Center for Advanced Dental Education

Foley is the associate director of Saint Louis University’s Center for Advanced Dental Education.

Aerial view of SLU's Midtown campus

The Institute for Drug and Biotherapeutic Innovation brings together University researchers in medicine, biology, engineering, and computational and applied chemistry to address unmet patient needs.

Deborah Horton

Deborah Horton, assistant professor in SLU’s Trudy Busch Valentine School of Nursing and a member of SLU’s COVID-19 Vaccination Team, won in the Community Care/Ambulatory category.

SLU Hospital

Krista Lentine, M.D., Ph.D., professor of medicine at SLU and medical director of living donation at SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital, recently received the National Kidney Foundation's 2021 Excellence in Transplantation Award.

SSM Health SLU Hospital

The AHEAD Institute – a new comprehensive center for data-driven innovation and research – is bringing together researchers from SLU and SSM Health to help improve patient and public health, advance the quality of health care and decrease health care costs.

Valentine School of Nursing

Niche recently ranked the Trudy Busch Valentine School of Nursing as the No. 8 best college in the country for nursing.

radiation therapy

Best Health Degrees named SLU’s radiation therapy program No. 8 in the nation.

College for Public Health and Social Justice

Rhonda BeLue, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Health Management and Policy in Saint Louis University’s College for Public Health and Social Justice, will lead the advisory board to the City of St. Louis Department of Health.

SLU's Doisy Research Building

SLU’s Center for Vaccine Development will conduct a Phase 3 clinical trial of the will test the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate.

Doisy College of Health Sciences

Teresa Neal, director of the Health Information Management Program in Doisy College for Health Sciences received Emerson’s 2020 Excellence in Teaching Award.

Suzanne Mahon, DNSc

A professor in hematology and oncology from Saint Louis University School of Medicine has received the highest professional recognition in nursing.

College for Public Health and Social Justice

Best Health Degrees recently ranked Saint Louis University as one of the nation’s Top 25 Community Health Ph.D. Programs.

Daniela Salvemini, Ph.D.

The American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET) has honored Daniela Salvemini, Ph.D., professor and interim chair of pharmacology and physiology, with its 2020 Pharmacia-ASPET Award for Experimental Therapeutics.

AHEAD Institute

The University has launched the Advanced Health Data Research Institute, a comprehensive center for data-driven innovation and research aimed at improving the health of individuals and populations.

imaging center

SLU will collaborate with Washington University in St. Louis on this innovative new partnership.

SLU School of Nursing

Five professors from the Trudy Busch Valentine School of Nursing have been named finalists for the 2020 Excellence in Nursing Awards.

William Newman, M.D.

William Newman, M.D., will lead the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, a prominent organization of psychiatrists dedicated to excellence in the field of forensic psychiatry, as the association’s new president.

Raymond Tait, Ph.D.

Long-time School of Medicine faculty member Raymond C. Tait, Ph.D., will receive one of the Academy of Science-St. Louis’ most prestigious recognitions.

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 The Saint Louis University Research Institute has awarded more than $740,000 in grants in its second round of funding to accelerate research growth at SLU. Among the 13 selected. seven are focused on the health sciences.


Gina Yosten, Ph.D., associate professor of pharmacology and physiology at SLU, will become the most junior scientist ever chosen editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Physiology – Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology.