The Institute for Biomedical Sciences will be a leading multidisciplinary research and education (degree-granting) institute dedicated to advancing fundamental and innovative biomedical research that improves human health as well as educating and training future generations of leading biomedical scientists and health (non-M.D.) professionals related to biomedical sciences.
Despite tremendous advances in biological and medical research, significant gaps still exist between basic laboratory research and its clinical applications. Now more than ever there is an urgent need for bridging basic research to clinical management strategies. To meet this significant challenge and promote translational research from bench to bedside, the interface among the biomedical science disciplines has emerged as one of the most exciting interdisciplinary research fields in science. To significantly and rapidly accelerate Georgia State University as a recognized leader in this area, the Institute for Biomedical Sciences (IBMS) has been established to expand its contribution and efforts to research and education in these areas.
The institute’s key assets will include the university’s existing strengths in inflammation, immunity and infection, microbial pathogenesis, oncology, and therapeutics and diagnostics, which align with its strategic priorities, Georgia’s commitment to be the nation’s hub for biomedical research and federal/non-federal funding priorities. IBMS will provide a world-class interdisciplinary training environment for preparation of technically skilled students who are capable of filling the diverse workforce needs in the biomedical sciences.
IBMS will not only build a strong research presence in biomedical sciences, but will foster a unique environment to promote synergistic and interdisciplinary collaboration with units internal to the university. It will also collaborate with other Georgia and non-Georgia research institutions, major medical centers, private sector (for example, biopharmaceutical, biotech) companies and organizations/foundations, including the Georgia Research Alliance, to develop world-class multidisciplinary research and education programs.