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Northwestern University

Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care

Brief overview

The Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine seeks to advance knowledge of lung disease and critical illness and improve patient outcomes through cutting-edge research, innovative education and premier clinical programs.

We have in recent years expanded our research programs, established advanced pulmonary disease subspecialty clinics and successfully opened a lung transplantation program at Northwestern. With support from our National Institutes of Health Lung Sciences T-32 Training Program, we also provide world-class research training for PhD students and offer advanced post-doctoral training to MD and PhD scientists intending to pursue careers in basic or clinical investigation.

Research areas

Acute Lung Injury (ALI)/ Fibrosis/ Immunology/ Intensive care/ Lung transplantation

Host center eligibility

Global fellowships (return phase only)/European fellowships

Research infrastructure/facilities

Feinberg School of Medicine is consistently ranked among the top 20 medical schools in the USA for research. The Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine provides an outstanding environment for clinical, basic and translational research.

Our state-of-the-art research facilities include several core facilities (imaging, flow cytometry, pathology, sequencing, immunophenotypic, metabolomics, proteomics and others), high-performance computational cluster Quest with a dedicated genomic subcluster, dedicated centers for biostatistics and clinical and translational work.

Research funding/resources

Research programs in The Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine are supported through a portfolio of NIH (The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; The National Institute of Aging; The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute), foundations, industry, and philanthropy funding. In 2021 the Division had >20+Million in NIH grants.

Links to non-academic sector

The Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine has active partnership with Innovation and New Ventures Office (INVO) which supports Northwestern inventors and entrepreneurs with commercializing their discoveries and technologies. In addition, the Division has active collaborations with industry, including both established Big Pharma and R&D companies as well as smaller startups.

Experience hosting international researchers, career development & training programmes, outreach activities

The Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine has a long history of hosting and training international scholars from across the globe. Just in 2021 over XX international trainees were participating in research programs in our Division. Many of our past trainees are now leading their own research groups in their home countries or in the USA. The Division provides several dedicated training and support programs, including David Cugell fellowship. In addition, several structured curricula for career development are available via Feinberg School of Medicine and Northwestern University.

HR Excellence in Research – EU award