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Research

Saint Louis University is home to pursuits and discoveries that span the entire academic spectrum. Our research addresses big questions and emerging issues around the globe, from food security to chronic pain to the human spirit.

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Vaccine Development

SLU is an internationally recognized leader in vaccine research and development. The University’s Center for Vaccine Development, which is home to one of only ten federally funded Vaccine Treatment Evaluation Units (VTEUs) in the country, is currently leading efforts to protect the global population against highly infectious diseases, such as influenza and COVID-19. 

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Geospatial Science & Technology

St. Louis is emerging as a national hub for geospatial science and technology, a multi-billion dollar industry, and SLU researchers are helping lead the charge. The Geospatial Institute at SLU, also known as GeoSLU, brings together researchers across disciplines to better understand how location impacts a variety of complex issues, from food security to public health to economic inequity.

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Humanities

The humanities are the connective thread between everything we do at SLU. Informed by the University's Jesuit mission, SLU researchers and scholars in the humanities are investigating what it means to built a better world, exploring how how humanity is changing in today's hyper-connected society, and more.

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Addiction & Opioids

The opioid crisis is one of the most devastating health crises of the 21st century. This epidemic sits at the intersection between addiction, pain management and the criminal justice system, making it a worthy challenge for SLU's interdisciplinary approach to research.

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Food

Researchers at SLU are taking an interdisciplinary approach to examine one of life's most essential resources: food. This research brings together experts from a wide range of fields, including biology, health sciences, the humanities, and geospatial science. SLU researchers are developing new partnerships with organizations such as the Danforth Plant Science Center to answer the question: how can we feed the world in an equitable manner, today and tomorrow?

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Equity & Community Wellness

SLU researchers believe that communities thrive when all people have opportunities for health, education, housing, and employment. With leadership from the Institute for Healing Justice and Equity, SLU researchers are studying issues such as the impact of racism on individual and community wellness, health disparities, community healing practices, and more. These researchers are developing community partnerships in St. Louis and beyond to build a more just and equitable world for all. 

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Drug Discovery and Development

Over the past several years, drug development has moved away from the old model in which drug discovery was largely handled by major pharmaceutical companies and toward a new model where universities are better equipped to handle this work. Researchers at SLU are seizing on this momentum, and the Institute for Drug and Biotherapeutic Innovation (SLU-IDBI) is bringing together researchers to develop new drug treatments with a focus on rare and neglected diseases.

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