Dell Medical School is breaking new ground in the way academic medicine facilitates health transformation locally and on a systemic level. With this role comes the need to set research priorities that align with the needs of the community, leverage the expertise of partners and tackle the health care system’s most challenging problems.
As the strengths of Dell Med’s research program evolve, the approach remains constant: making research matter sooner through radical collaboration and creative problem-solving.
Health Data Science
Scientists at Dell Med are building advanced tools for sharing and using health data, including platforms for health information exchange. Also, through computational health research, they aim to create and disseminate systems that aid clinical decision-making.
Dell Med’s basic research faculty conduct scientific exploration that reveals fundamental mechanisms of biology, disease or behavior. This early phase research is an integral part of the translational spectrum and informs discovery that improves the health of individuals and the public.
Learning Health System
Dell Med’s vision for care redesign is reflected in research that explores health communication, patient-centered care delivery models and value-based care. The Learning Health System — a structure for weaving best practices and new knowledge together for a culture of continuous improvement in the health care delivery system — is another area of focus.
Population Health Science
One of only 10 medical schools nationwide with a department focused on population health, Dell Med is committed to reducing health disparities and improving outcomes for all in partnership with community organizations, local and regional care providers and international collaborators. Research is a vital component of our work.
Multi-Site Clinical Trials
As an academic medical center, Dell Med participates in multi-site clinical trials regionally and nationally. Faculty researchers and clinicians also conduct clinical trials with our local partners, at Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas and at UT Health Austin, the school’s clinical practice.
The Mulva Clinic for the Neurosciences integrates research on the brain, nervous system and mental health as well as individual diseases and disorders. Areas of focus are: neurological and psychiatric diseases such as brain and spinal cord injury; mental health disorders such as depressions and bipolar disorder; multiple sclerosis; neurodegenerative disease like Parkinson, Alzherimer’s and other dementias.