Interdisciplinary Collaboration

The greatest challenges to human health—and the solutions to them—lie at the intersection of traditionally distinct fields. With access to the vast resources of Stanford University, Stanford Medicine enables close interactions between physicians and scientists in different specialties, between faculty and trainees, and between basic science and clinical care.

Stanford Medicine Institutes

Child Health Research Institute

Researchers and physicians at Stanford Medicine work together to advance the health of children and expectant mothers worldwide through basic and translational research into premature births and diseases affecting infants, children and adolescents. 

Stanford Cancer Institute

The institute focuses the world-class expertise of more than 300 researchers and clinicians to unravel cancer’s secrets and transform the latest discoveries into the most advanced treatment and prevention strategies available today.

Stanford Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine

The institute’s researchers aim to harness the power of stem cells—master cells from which all specialized cells in our bodies are derived—to target the root causes of cancer, cardiovascular disease, autoimmune disease, neurodegenerative disorders and other diseases with genetic origins. 

Stanford Cardiovascular Institute

Researchers and physicians work together to explore the origins of heart disease and to develop next-generation therapies for improving patient outcomes, including new cardiac assist devices and surgical methods for repairing heart damage.

Stanford Institute for Immunity, Transplantation and Infection

Institute investigators aim to decipher the molecular and cellular workings of the human immune system and to use this knowledge to develop new ways to detect, prevent and treat immune-mediated conditions, such as autoimmune diseases, infectious diseases and organ-transplant rejection. 

Associated Institutes, Centers & Programs

Stanford Medicine is a rarity among academic medical centers because the medical school and hospitals are located on the university campus. Our proximity to colleagues in engineering, law, business, the humanities and the physical sciences enables our physicians and scientists to play important roles in a number of Stanford University interdisciplinary institutes and centers dedicated to advancing human health.

Bio-X Program

Stanford Bio-X is an interdisciplinary program that brings together experts from medicine, engineering and other scientific disciplines to solve complex biological and medical issues. 

Stanford Center for Clinical & Translational Research & Education

Spectrum is a university-wide center that aims to accelerate and enhance medical research, from basic discovery to improved patient care.

Stanford ChEM-H

A joint venture between the Schools of Humanities and Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, the goal of the institute is to explore the chemical foundations of human biology and accelerate discoveries that transform human health.

Stanford Neurosciences Institute

The institute catalyzes interdisciplinary collaborations at the boundaries of neuroscience and a range of disciplines, including statistics, engineering, genetics, law and ethics, to conduct basic and clinical research into the nervous system and its disorders.

A Crossroads of Ideas

Within just a few hundred yards of any spot on campus, the most brilliant minds in medicine, engineering, computer science and other disciplines work together to expand the frontiers of human knowledge.

Stanford Medicine Initiatives

Leveraging the power of Stanford Medicine, the Dean's Office is advancing a number of initiatives to transform the science and practice of medicine for a healthier world.

Academic Profiles