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As a public research university, FIU has a mandate to pursue both basic and applied research and scholarship. HWCOM supports FIU's research initiatives through the following research foci:

  1. Cancer Biology. Addressing new methods of cancer diagnosis and treatment through novel signaling pathways and development of drugs in collaboration with clinical research initiatives and the FIU College of Engineering and Computing. Aligned with October 2012 Florida Department of Health’s Biomedical Research Advisory Council action to create a “Florida System of Cancer Care”.
  2. Environmental Science and Toxicology. Gametogenesis, mutagenesis, carcinogenesis and development directly depend on a salutary environmental milieu. This emphasis is thus complementary to HWCOM’s research emphasis on reproduction and development and cancer.
  3. Community Based Participatory and Applied Research. Prevention and health care needs of neighborhoods served by the HWCOM Green Family Foundation NeighborhoodHELP™ component of the HWCOM curriculum. HWCOM researchers will further extend current behavioral health research by directly dealing with major health determinants in the community (e.g., HIV, substance abuse, diabetes mellitus, breast cancer) through participatory research in these public health issues.
  4. Immunology and HIV/AIDS: A program of translational research and training in neuro-immune pharmacology and novel drug delivery with a special emphasis on drug abuse, HIV and related medical fields.
  5. Molecular Microbiology and Infectious Diseases: Investigating the infectious etiology of disease (e.g. cystic fibrosis); initiating a tropical medicine center (“Gateway to South America”), with emphasis on diseases like dengue, leishmaniasis and others.
  6. Reproduction and Development. The genetic basis of reproduction and its perturbations underlies every clinical discipline. Elucidation requires expertise of every basic science department and many research disciplines.
  7. Psychiatry & Behavioral Health: Explore novel therapies for children and adolescent psychiatric and behavioral issues in collaboration with the Center for Children and Families.