A welcome message from Glen N. Gaulton, Ph.D., Executive Vice Dean and Chief Scientific Officer

Research Overview & Strategic FocusGlen N. Gaulton, PhD

The Perelman School of Medicine is an internationally recognized leader in the creation of new knowledge and therapies to improve human health, and in training the next generation of scientific leaders. We are a community of scientists and physicians dedicated to both collegiality and transdisciplinary approaches in our endeavors.

The scope of the School's research enterprise is broad, encompassing all areas of contemporary biomedical investigation, and yet is unified on a single campus. The School is comprised of 28 basic and clinical departments, and more than 1,900 faculty members and 2,500 students and trainees. In fiscal year 2012, the School received $587 million in support for its research activities from extramural sponsors, including $410 million from the National Institutes of Health, ranking third in the nation among all academic medical institutions.

While the School emphasizes basic scientific research as the foundation of knowledge, building on this the School engages in a coordinated effort across all scientific disciplines to translate our discoveries into clinical therapies that positively impact patient care. Within its diverse network of expertise, resources, and exceptional faculty, staff and trainees, the Perelman School of Medicine fosters a culture of cross-departmental and inter-school collaboration, as exemplified by 24 Centers and Institutes. Examples include the Abramson Cancer Center, the Penn Cardiovascular Institute, the Institute for Diabetes, Obesity, and Metabolism, and The Mahoney Institute for Neurological Sciences, The Center for Orphan Disease Research and Therapy, and The Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics. The specific initiatives of these and other centers, institutes and departments are outlined within this website along with our exceptional core facilities and training programs.

Joining with colleagues throughout the University in pursuit of the Penn Compact, faculty in the Perelman School of Medicine proudly devote their lives to excellence in teaching, research and service to society, for the benefit of the communities — both local and global — that Penn serves.

Glen N. Gaulton, Ph.D.
Executive Vice Dean and Chief Scientific Officer