The Institute for Biomedical Sciences (IBMS) is 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 professionals related to biomedical sciences.
Established in 2014, the Institute for Biomedical Sciences evolved from part of Georgia State University’s strategic plan, which recommended enhanced contributions to the sciences, health and medical education. President Mark Becker formally announced the launch of the institute during his 2013 State of the University address.
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 biomedical science discipline 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 biomedical science, the Institute for Biomedical Sciences was established to expand the university's contribution and efforts to research and education in this area.
The institute’s key assets will include the university’s existing strengths in inflammation, immunity and infection, microbial pathogenesis, cardiovascular diseases, oncology, and therapeutics and diagnostics, which align with the university’s strategic priorities, Georgia’s commitment to be the nation’s hub for biomedical research and federal/non-federal funding priorities. IBMS provides 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 not only builds a strong research presence in the biomedical sciences, but it also fosters a unique environment to promote synergistic and interdisciplinary collaboration with internal units at the university. The institute also collaborates with other Georgia and non-Georgia research institutions, major medical centers, private sector companies (biopharmaceutical, biotech, etc.) and organizations and foundations, including the Georgia Research Alliance, to develop world-class multidisciplinary research and education programs.
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