Centers and Initiatives

The department has a number of affiliated centers and initiatives that focus on patient care at a regional and global level, as well as research and training opportunities and support.

  • Andrew M. and Jane M. Bursky Center for Human Immunology and Immunotherapy Programs: The goal of the Bursky Center is to become a leader in the field of human immunology by establishing an environment where basic, translational and clinical aspects of human immunology and immunotherapy research are seamlessly integrated.  
  • Catalyst: Catalyst is an independent nonprofit with a focus on women in the workplace.
  • Center for Administrative Data Research (CADR): CADR provides leadership and training in the use of health services administrative data in clinical epidemiologic, health services and outcomes research.
  • Center for Cardiovascular Research (CCR): The CCR’s mission is to discover mechanisms of disease that will lead to the development of innovative new therapies to improve the lives of patients with heart disease.
  • Center for Community Health Partnership and Research: This center is a partnership between the Institute for Public Health and Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences (ICTS) and is working with community members, physicians and organizations to improve health in our region and end related disparities.
  • Center for Global Health & Infectious Disease (CGHID): Part of the Center for Global Health at the Institute for Public Health, the goal of CGHID is to enhance collaborations and strategic partnerships at Washington University to eradicate global infectious diseases.
  • Center for Clinical Genomics of Microbial Systems (CC-GEMS): The center’s goal is to generate new information on pathogens, microbiomes and host-parasite interactions that may lead to an improved understanding of host-microbial interactions and improvements in clinical care.
  • Center for Neuroimmunology & Neuroinfectious Diseases (CNND): The CNND brings together a multidisciplinary group of scientists, clinician-scientists and clinicians whose work is focused on the pathogenesis, diagnosis and treatment of neuroinflammatory and neuroinfectious diseases of the nervous system.
  • Center for Pharmacogenomics: The Center for Pharmacogenomics is focused on identifying disease-modifying genetic and epigenetic variants and associated environmental triggers.
  • Center for the Study of Itch (CSI): The CSI seeks to understand the fundamental underlying mechanisms of itch and translate these findings into treatments for patients suffering from intractable itch.
  • Clinical Quality, Safety and Operations Executive Council (OEC): The OEC focuses on enhancing the Department of Medicine’s clinical enterprise across all divisions. OEC members identify and implement process changes to further the department’s mission of providing world-class patient care.
  • Clinical Research Training Center (CRTC): The CRTC is the educational core of the Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences (ICTS) that provides clinical and translational training for predoctoral students, house-staff, postdoctoral fellows, staff and junior faculty.
  • Computing Support Services (CSS): CSS provides computer and technology support to Department of Medicine clients throughout the medical school.
  • Diabetic Cardiovascular Disease Center (DCDC): At the DCDC, interdisciplinary teams of scientists are exploring the interactions between derangements in blood sugar and fat levels and the aggressive and unique forms of heart muscle and vascular disease to which diabetics are particularly predisposed.
  • Diabetes Research Center (DRC): The mission of the DRC is to support and enhance research in diabetes and related metabolic diseases.
  • Digestive Disease Research Center (DDRCC): The DDRCC seeks to advance the health of patients with digestive diseases by supporting enabling technology and promoting the basic and translational research interests of its members.
  • Forum for Women in Internal Medicine (FWIM): FWIM supports the professional and personal development of the women trainees in the Department of Medicine. 
  • Global Health Scholars Pathway: The Global Health Scholars Pathway is designed to produce future clinical and research leaders in global health.
  • Heart Rate Variability Lab: This lab is one of the premier facilities for Holter analysis (heart rate monitoring) in the world.
  • HIV program: Part of the Division of Infectious Diseases’ clinic, the HIV/AIDS program is the largest provider of HIV primary care services in the St. Louis region.
  • HIV testing initiative: This initiative is part of the Division of Infectious Diseases’ clinic and seeks to increase routine HIV testing in clinical settings around St. Louis.
  • Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences (ICTS): The ICTS helps ensure that investigators have access to state-of-the-art research infrastructure, financial support and education; facilitates translational research; assists in the creation and sustaining of interdisciplinary research collaborations; and helps move research findings from the bench to the bedside.
  • Institute for Informatics: This institute will support and enhance Washington University’s expertise in clinical informatics, imaging informatics and bioinformatics.
  • Institute for Public Health: The institute’s vision is to improve community and global health through the creation of new knowledge, the application and translation of science, and the training of advanced academic and practice leaders in public health.
  • Mouse Embryonic Stem Cell Core (MESCC): The mission of the MESCC is to assist the Washington University scientific community in generating mouse models with targeted mutations in murine embryonic stem cells.
  • Musculoskeletal Research Center (MRC): The focus of the MRC is to support and expedite the creation and analysis of animal models of relevance to musculoskeletal biology and disease.
  • Office of Faculty Development (OFD): OFD’s mission is to provide Department of Medicine faculty with resources and guidance that will foster professional and personal growth and development in clinical care, education, research and leadership.