Centers and Institutes

Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) welcomes and encourages faculty to group together both across and within departments to promote shared teaching and research interests. The centers and institutes based at Georgetown University Medical Center represent some of the most collaborative team-science work in the biomedical research community.

Centers and Institutes play a valuable function for faculty who wish to work together in teaching or research on specialized topics of interest. Some of these topics may be of enduring interest and could be the basis of forming formal Institutes in the future; others may be topics on which groups of people wish to work for a limited period. Centers and Institutes are recognized units within the Medical Center and share in representing it externally. All Centers and Institutes must be approved and reviewed on an annual basis by the Dean for Research and the Executive Vice President of the Medical Center.

The Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational Science (GHUCCTS) is a multi-institutional consortium of medical research institutions forged from a desire to promote clinical research and translational science. The members of the GHUCCTS consortium are: Georgetown University (GU), Howard University (HU), MedStar Health Research Institute (MHRI), Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), and the Washington Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center (VAMC).

The Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center is one of 41 comprehensive cancer centers in the United States which seeks to prevent, treat, and cure cancers by linking scientific discovery, expert and compassionate patient care, quality education, and partnership with the community; guided by the principle of cura personalis, "care for the whole person."

The Center for Functional and Molecular Imaging consists of faculty, research assistants, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate students with expertise in structural, functional and molecular brain imaging.

The Center for Brain Plasticity and Recovery (CBPR) seeks to harness and expand existing strengths in order to develop groundbreaking approaches to restore brain function caused by neurological damage and disease. CBPR's main focus is on the study of neuroplasticity, the biological process underlying the brain’s ability to learn and develop, and a potential recovery tool in conditions such as stroke, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, and dementias such as Alzheimer’s. The Center’s long-term aim is to stimulate the brain to recover from damage, preserving and restoring neurologic function.

The Innovation Center for Biomedical Informatics (ICBI) was developed in the spring of 2012 as an academic hub for innovative research in the field of biomedical informatics with the goal of enabling a more individualized approach to health care based on a patient’s DNA. ICBI’s mission is to enhance translational research at Georgetown University Medical Center and in turn, attract and educate the next generation of scientists and physicians for which biomedical informatics will be an integral part of both biomedical research and clinical practice. 

The Center for Cell Reprogramming is a global center whose mission is to promote intra- and extramural collaborations, education and development, centered around the use of stem-like cells. The Center has already drawn scientists from across the world to learn the method for establishing conditionally reprogrammed cells (CRCs), a procedure also known as the “Georgetown Method.”

The Center for Child and Human Development was established over four decades ago to improve the quality of life for all children and youth, especially those with, or at risk for, special needs and their families.

The Center for Neural Injury and Recovery (CNIR) at Georgetown University promotes research in areas related to central nervous system injury and recovery, neural degeneration and nervous system plasticity.

The Center for the Study of Learning (CSL) is one of the leading research centers in the country investigating the neural basis of learning and its disorders.

The Institute for Reproductive Health (IRH) at Georgetown University strives to expand family planning choices to meet the needs of women and men worldwide; advance gender equality by helping women and men across the lifecycle, learn about and take charge of their reproductive health; and involve communities in reproductive health interventions that improve their wellbeing.

The Memory Disorders Program is dedicated to providing state-of-the-art clinical services for individuals affected by Alzheimer's disease and related disorders and to conducting research aimed at improving treatment options for Alzheimer's disease.

The Center for Aphasia Research and Rehabilitation focuses on how language is processed in the normal brain, how language breaks down in a brain damaged by stroke, head injury, or dementia, and how the brain recovers language functions -- with or without therapy -- in the months and years following the injury.

The Center for the Brain Basis of Cognition (CBBC) was established to promote basic research and training at the intersection of cognition and neuroscience, with an interest in applying this research to clinical and educational contexts.

The Center for the Study of Sex Differences is an international research center whose aim is the investigation of sex differences that impact on health, aging and disease, with the goal of improving the quality of life through multidisciplinary biomedical research and education.

The Health Policy Institute is a multi-disciplinary group of faculty and staff dedicated to conducting research on key issues in health policy and health services research. Institute members are engaged in a wide diversity of projects, focusing on issues relating to health care financing, the uninsured, federal health insurance reforms, quality of care and outcomes research, mental health services research, and the impact of changes in the health care market on providers and patients.

The Center for Trauma and the Community is an interdisciplinary center dedicated to the study of trauma in community settings. Its primary focus is on developing and testing the effectiveness of innovative and sustainable mental health-related interventions for low-income individuals and families who have experienced trauma.

The Center for Clinical Bioethics provides university-based ethics resources for individuals that shape and give health care. Center scholars bring expertise in theology, philosophy, basic science, and clinical practice to today's ethical challenges.

The Center for Health Equity – Research, Implementation, and Teaching (CHERITH), is designed to support, facilitate, and coordinate interdisciplinary research, practice, and teaching to discover, evaluate, and eliminate health disparities. Housed within the School of Nursing and Health Studies, the center offers a strategic environment for faculty and students to convene and partner in teaching, research, and service/practice activities, using a values based approach that will address the elimination of health disparities.

The Center for Hypertension, Kidney & Vascular Research is designed to undertake research to discover the mechanisms that underlie high blood pressure (hypertension), kidney and vascular (blood vessel) diseases and to train the next generation of leaders in these fields. The Center undertakes bench scientific studies on genes, cells and animal models and clinical research to translate the findings from this basic research to studies on patients. The goal is to discover new causes and treatments for these common conditions so as to benefit patients suffering from them.

The Center for Innovation and Leadership in Education is an inter-professional community of educators that drives innovation, excellence and scholarship in education at Georgetown University Medical Center.

The Surgical Outcomes Research Center is driven to provide premier and research-driven surgical oncology care and to promote the best possible care and outcomes stemming from a deep commitment to multidisciplinary cancer care.