Undergraduate and graduate biomedical research and scientific training are essential academic activities in the School of Medicine of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. The generation of scientific knowledge creates a critical and creative environment that focuses on analytic thinking and strives towards the continuous search for excellence. Research has a positive impact in the training of undergraduate and graduate students and in the quality of treatment for our patients.
Our research activities aim to generate and apply knowledge that is both original and relevant to a broad range of issues related to the biology, physiology and pathology of human beings, including basic research on diseases and their pathogenic mechanisms, clinical studies centered on patients, and epidemiological and public health studies, in addition to the management aspects of health systems.
During the last decade, the School of Medicine has continuously increased its budget and infrastructure for research, which has consolidated a hub of basic researchers who are dedicated to the study of the pathophysiology of diseases, and the maintenance of a group of teachers who are active in research and who simultaneously develop clinical activity, thus generating a real interface between the generation of new knowledge and its application in the medical practice and in health policies for the country.
The School of Medicine works on solid lines of research that are relevant and productive, and are financed by contest funds provided by the University and national and international agencies. Our teachers conduct research projects in collaboration with other UC Faculties and Faculties of Chilean or foreign universities.
The teachers at the School of Medicine continuously produce a significant number of scientific papers that are published in national and international journals, having a strong impact in biomedical, clinical and epidemiological sciences.
The research infrastructure at our School of Medicine comprises over 4,000 mt2 of laboratories, distributed throughout the Medical Research Center, Department Labs, the UC Clinical Research Center and the Millennium Institute.
The School of Medicine has two doctoral programs: a PhD in Medical Sciences and a PhD in Neuroscience. In 2015, the PhD program in Medical Sciences increased its historical admissions quota from five to seven students and initiated the national re-accreditation process.
The PhD program in Neuroscience is an inter-faculty doctoral program comprised by four Faculties and directed by our Faculty of Medicine. This program successfully completed its re-accreditation process. In 2015, nine students entered the program and (by end-year) the first seven doctors will graduate, having earned their PhD in Neuroscience degrees.
In 2014, the Academic Certificate in Research program commenced, as part of the Undergraduate General Education Program of our University. This certificate program’s curriculum provides three majors: Experimental Research, Research on Humans, and Applied Research and Innovation. These Certificates are overseen by the Undergraduate and Research Departments of our School of Medicine.
| Research Projects in 2015
• FONDECYT Initiation Program: 3 awarded in 2015; 15 in execution.
• FONDECYT Postdoctoral Program: 9 awarded in 2015; 17 in execution.
• FONIS Program for Research and Development in Health: 5 awarded in 2015; 8 in execution.
• FONDEF IDeA Program: 1 awarded in 2015; 8 in execution, 4 of which have a member of the UC Faculty of Medicine in the position of Assistant Director.
• FONDAP Project: 1 awarded and in execution (ACCDiS), directed by Universidad de Chile and the PUC Faculty of Medicine.
• Externally Funded Projects: International Agencies, NIH, NCI, European and others; 20 are in execution in 2015.
• Projects in the Pharmaceutical Industry and Devices: there are 140 projects in execution in 2015.
• Regular FONDECYT Program: 60 Regular Fondecyt projects are in full execution in 2015, which consolidates our Faculty in the leading position regarding the number of Regular Fondecyt and Initiation Projects in the University.