The tireless pursuit of new medical knowledge allows the faculty to provide the most advanced medical care to patients and to transmit this knowledge to students, the physicians and biomedical scientists of tomorrow. ECU medical school faculty and fellows have exceptional strengths in many vital areas of basic and clinical research. In keeping with the school's mission of service, many research programs focus on issues of special significance to eastern North Carolina.
Major multidisciplinary efforts are under way in diabetes, cancer therapy, allergic disease, cardiovascular disease, alcohol and drug abuse, obesity, transplant immunology and biotechnology. The development of knowledge, however, extends beyond traditional laboratory and clinical studies to the search for innovative ways to meet the health needs of rural populations.
Biomedical research is supported by many exceptional staff and technological resources. Expertise in such areas as biostatistics, informatics, epidemiology, computer programming and telecommunications is readily available. Inquiry and scholarship are supported by the superbly staffed and equipped William E. Laupus Health Sciences Library, which is also open to the general public. Investigators may also use the services of a Clinical Trials Office, which coordinates and supports clinical studies.