More than $2 trillion is spent each year on healthcare in the United States, and an aging population is challenging our system in new ways. The coming decade is certain to see advances in areas ranging from personalized medicine to electronic medical records. This area of excellence will integrate cutting-edge biomedical research with systems science, industrial engineering and microelectronic device development. Additional collaborations will draw upon expertise in disciplines such as psychology, nursing and leadership studies.

Faculty researchers are already focused on cancer detection, child mental health, Parkinson's disease treatment and medical devices, to name just a few projects. By coming together and partnering with healthcare institutions in the region and beyond, these scholars can have a positive impact on the quality, availability and affordability of American healthcare. This area of excellence will help to ensure that the latest innovations in healthcare travel speedily from lab bench to bedside.