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Medical Research at SLU

At Saint Louis University School of Medicine, our scientists focus on investigations that involve the basis of disease and how understanding the fundamental characteristics of diseases can be exploited for clinical treatment.

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Our goal, as scientists and clinicians, is to bring science to the bedside and to offer novel therapies. Saint Louis University is one of only nine Catholic universities with a higher or highest research activity designation from the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

In fiscal year 2014, SLU’s medical center researchers in the health sciences were awarded 284 grants, contracts and subcontracts totaling $32.9 million. Funding agencies include the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Centers for Disease Control and other governmental sources, as well as private industries, associations and foundations.

Centers and Institutes

Center for Anatomical Science and Education
Cancer Center
Center for Cardiovascular Research
Center for Health Outcomes Research
Center for Neuroscience
Saint Louis University Liver Center
Center for Vaccine Development
Institute for Drug and Biotherapeutic Innovation

Clinical Trials

The Clinical Trials Office at Saint Louis University supports innovative clinical investigative research at the Saint Louis University School of Medicine. It provides clinical trial management for industry-sponsored trials, including the oversight of trials and input into their administrative, business, educational, regulatory and operational functions.

The following Saint Louis University School of Medicine departments are conducting clinical trials research:

  • Cancer Center
  • Cardiology
  • Center for Vaccine Development
  • Dermatology
  • Family Medicine
  • Gastroenterology and Hepatology
  • Neurology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women's Health
  • Orthopaedics
  • Pediatrics
  • Psychiatry
  • Surgery


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Research Planning Committee

The Research Planning Committee is the advisory body to the Dean of the School of Medicine about policies, activities and long-term objectives pertaining to research in the School of Medicine.

Members are appointed by the dean to a three-year term, with the recommendations of the Committee on Faculty Affairs.

The committee’s activities include:

  • Reviewing nominations for awards and fellowships
  • Reviewing research centers and cores
  • Reviewing major equipment requisitions
  • Administration of internal study section
  • Administration of the Presidential Research Fund

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