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Investing in Discovery

An Overview of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences


The Dance of Life

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Division of Pharmacology, Physiology, and Biological Chemistry

Enzyme inhibitor structure. Courtesy of Vern Schramm, Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University

This division supports research in pharmacology, physiology, biochemistry and chemistry that deepens understanding of biology. These studies include clinical research on trauma, burn injury, sepsis, wound healing and the effects of drugs and anesthesia on the body.

This division focuses on questions like:

  • How do enzymes generate energy and facilitate myriad other chemical reactions in our bodies?
  • How do carbohydrate molecules influence the action of cells?
  • How can scientists harness molecules from nature to use as medicines?
  • How do medicines work in the body, and what role do a person's genes play?
  • What physiological changes occur immediately and over time when a person is critically ill or injured?

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This page last reviewed on November 4, 2015