ADVANCING Human Health

Together, we advance human health by working to understand the origins of diseases in order to better diagnose, treat, and cure. Through our interdisciplinary approach we research solutions to address the growing incidence of chronic diseases, widespread health disparities, and the needs of an aging population.   ​​​​

$10 Million Gift to Benefit Center for Genome Sciences Commitment from the Harry Edison Foundation supports research on gut microbiome.

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$10 Million Gift Creates Bursky Center for Human Immunology and Immunotherapy Programs Research harnesses the immune system against cancer and other diseases.

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A Fixable Epidemic An endowed professorship helps Debra Haire-Joshu work to turn the tide in the battle against obesity.

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BJC Healthcare Endows Institute for Public Health Directorship William Powderly serving as the inaugural Larry J. Shapiro Director.

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Innovative to the Bone Steven Teitelbaum, MD, applies his exceptional bone biology expertise to curing disease.

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Extraordinary Resources for Fighting Disease James and Elizabeth McDonnell pledged $25 million to endow The Genome Institute.

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Protecting Patients Victoria J. Fraser, MD, the Adolphus Busch Professor of Medicine, combats infections that kill nearly 100,000 Americans annually.

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Taking Control of Alzheimer’s Washington University leads in Alzheimer’s disease research because of faculty like Dr. Holtzman.

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Nancy Morrow-Howell works to improve productive engagement of an aging population for the sake of society.

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Tim Ley helped pioneer the sequencing of cancer patients' genomes as a way to unravel the genetic roots of the disease.

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Shaping Public Health The Institute for Public Health improves community and global health through research, training, and policy development.

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Scott and Julie Schnuck Fund Personalized Medicine Study $2 million gift will help researchers develop innovative brain tumor treatments.

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Driving Innovation in Multiple Myeloma Research Gregory Lanza is helping find new nanotherapies to treat cancer.

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Advancing Human Health

Education, research, clinical care, and community engagement are critical to advancing human health. This drive is university-wide, drawing from the strength of our top-ranked School of Medicine and its many campus partners.

Together, we work to understand the origins of diseases in order to better diagnose, treat, and cure. Through our interdisciplinary approach to teaching, research, and practice, we are discovering and applying solutions to conditions ranging from brain disorders, heart disease, and cancer to diabetes, obesity, and infectious diseases.
 
Tapping into our strengths in social work, public health, psychology, and other disciplines, we are finding innovative solutions to address the growing incidence of chronic diseases, widespread health disparities, and the needs of an aging population.
 
While we seek causes and cures through long-term study, our physicians and researchers in medicine, engineering, arts and sciences, and many other areas of the university are collaborating to discover better treatments, targeted medicines, and life-enhancing biomedical devices to care for those suffering today.
 
Together, we share our discoveries. Standards for diagnosis that we establish for diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease often become the international standard. Physicians across the nation and around the globe follow our protocols for treating cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular and other diseases.
 
Together, by strengthening our commitment to human health, we can improve the well-being of individuals and communities near and far.