Based on a preliminary analysis of existing strengths throughout the University and pending further detailed discussions between the various programs in the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University and other colleges, we propose to initially focus on four distinct, yet interrelated clinically relevant areas of existing strength:
- Cardiovascular (Heart Disease, Atherosclerosis)
- Pulmonary (Lung Diseases)
- Neural (Spinal Cord Injury)
- Musculoskeletal (Sports Injuries, Arthritis)
The teams in the School of Medicine working on diverse aspects of basic and translational research in these focused areas are world-renowned. On the Main Campus existing current strengths in related fields, such as biomaterials and drug delivery, will be complemented by new faculty hires in the Department of Bioengineering. In each of these areas, significant externally funded research is already ongoing - at an individual PI level and in some cases through nascent interdisciplinary collaborative activities. The recruitment of new faculty (cluster hiring of new faculty) will provide the opportunity to generate new discoveries and intellectual property and lead to programmatic cohesion.
We believe with Regenerative Medicine and Engineering as a common programmatic theme, the initial focus on the four research areas mentioned above will allow us to present a broad and diverse portfolio of talent and opportunities. In addition to the initial research focus of this initiative, we propose to develop concomitantly the three other arms of the Institute.
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