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As far back as the 1920’s and 1930’s, Vanderbilt researchers were making tremendous contributions to science and enjoying intellectual influence. For example, during that time, Ernest William Goodpasture and his colleagues in the Vanderbilt School of Medicine invented methods for cultivating viruses and rickettsiae in fertilized chicken eggs. This work made possible the production of vaccines against chicken pox, smallpox, yellow fever, typhus, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and other diseases caused by agents that only propagate in living cells.

Over the course of history, many of Vanderbilt’s faculty have been recognized nationally for their research contributions:

  • Vanderbilt Medical Center faculty member Stanley Cohen was awarded the 1986 Prize in Medicine for his discovery with a colleague of epidermal growth factor.
  •  Stanford Moore, B.A. 1935, was awarded the 1972 Prize in Chemistry for fundamental contributions to the understanding of enzyme chemistry.
  •  Vanderbilt Medical Center faculty member Earl Sutherland Jr., was awarded the 1971 Prize in Medicine for his discovery of the metabolic regulating compound cyclic AMP.
  • Vanderbilt physics professor Max Delbruck (1940-47) was awarded the 1969 Prize in Physiology or Medicine for discoveries concerning the replication mechanism and the genetic structure of viruses.

The Medical School’s reputation for outstanding research is reflected in the amount of federal and private support it receives. Because of the creativity of the faculty, the School of Medicine ranks 15th overall out of 125 medical schools in the receipt of funding from the National Institutes of Health.  The School of Medicine alone has over 30  Research Centers, each specializing in specific areas of research.

From 2001 to 2005 Vanderbilt had a compound annual growth rate of 17.8% in NIH grants, the fastest growing academic medical program in the country. Seven of the School’s departments were ranked in the top ten among comparable medical school departments in receipt of NIH funding in 2005. Support for competitive research grants from all external sources was more than $346 million for the fiscal year 2005-2006. Major translational research initiatives are moving discoveries from the bench to the bedside and will transform health care and health care delivery.

At the School of Nursing, faculty engage in research examining both the quality of life and quality of care provided to individuals, families, communities and populations. Faculty researchers collaborate with investigators from across the Medical Center and University, and with colleagues around the world to conduct scientific investigation in a wide variety of areas, including studies that attempt to decrease disparities in access to health care and disparities in outcomes among populations; improve the quality of life of those suffering from diabetes, heart disease, and HIV/AIDS; promote healthy behaviors among disadvantaged and underserved populations; reduce smoking; prevent childhood obesity; improve the health of newborns; help patients cope with pain and reduce anxiety; and focus on nursing shortages, increasing the size of nursing workforce. The School prepares future researchers primarily through its Ph.D. and post-doctoral education programs.

Follow the links below to read more about Vanderbilt's research history:
Vanderbilt Office of Research
The Vanderbilt Clinical Research Center
The Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance
The Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center
The Vanderbilt School of Nursing Research & Scholarly Activity
Exploration: Vanderbilt online research journal