Letter from the Office of Research Leadership


From trials of the first safe polio vaccine, to our latest breakthroughs in treatments for neurological diseases, the University of Michigan Medical School (UMMS) continues to be at the forefront of pioneering research that impacts human health at a global level. The UMMS Office of Research is committed to supporting our researchers to position them for success.

The primary mission of the Office of Research is to foster an environment of innovation and efficiency that serves the UMMS research community and supports biomedical science from insight to impact. To that end, our team is constantly striving to enhance the research enterprise, including maintaining an investigator-focused infrastructure, facilitating and diversifying investigators' avenues for funding, and streamlining research processes.

UM is one of 55 Clinical & Translational Science Award institutions across the country and consistently ranks amongst U.S. News & World Report's top 10 medical research schools. Highlights of the last year in research include:

While these numbers are impressive, they only hint at what goes on behind the scenes. One of our greatest assets is the collegial, collaborative environment we offer researchers.

Take a moment to explore our website and learn more about research at the University of Michigan Medical School. If you are a researcher and have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us at ummsresearch@umich.edu or 734-615-1332. We're always happy to discuss why we enthusiastically believe researchers at the University of Michigan Medical School are "the leaders and best!"

Best Regards,
Steven L. Kunkel, Ph.D.
Senior Associate Dean for Research
Endowed Professor in Pathology Research