Research at Rush University

Research is thriving at Rush University. We’re invested in clinical, basic science and community-based research to advance our understanding of how diseases work and how best to treat them, which can improve care for patients at Rush and around the globe.

Here you can learn more about research efforts across Rush: our laboratories and collaborations, facilities and services, and technologies for licensing.


Institute for Translational Medicine

Rush partners with the University of Chicago and other local hospital systems to help drive research breakthroughs and bring those discoveries into the real world to improve health.

brain scans

Every day Rush University researchers are working to fight disease and improve health outcomes.

Scientists speaking in a lab

We embrace collaboration among our departments, as well as with other institutions and organizations.

Scientist using a microscope

Our robust core facilities are available to faculty and offer opportunities for researchers outside Rush.

Scientist at poster presentation

We support faculty to propose studies, seek funding, negotiate contracts, secure patents and licensing, and much more.

Scientist working in lab

We provide a wide range of services to researchers and research sponsors.

Scientists and subject in gait lab

Rush University helps connect faculty inventors to those interested in using their technologies.

Hand with dropper

We promote a culture of high-quality research, compliance and research integrity.

Under the leadership of Joshua J. Jacobs, MD, vice provost for research, Rush University is embarking on an exciting new phase of our research enterprise.

George Fitchett, DMin, PhD

Making Research a Part of Spiritual Care

Over the course of his career, George Fitchett, DMin, PhD, has become a national leader in raising the importance of research in the work of health care chaplains.


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Sarah H. Ailey, PhD, APHN

STEPS for Those With Intellectual Disability

Sarah H. Ailey, PhD, APHN, is studying ways to improve social skills of people with intellectual disabilities in order to help them avoid harmful situations.


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Jeffrey Kordower, PhD

Puzzling Out Parkinson’s Disease Progression

For two decades, Jeffrey Kordower, PhD, and his lab at Rush have been at the forefront of new discoveries about Parkinson’s disease.


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