Collaboration and multidisciplinary partnerships are hallmarks of contemporary science. Baylor College of Medicine’s location in the heart of the Texas Medical Center provides opportunity for interaction and cross-fertilization of ideas with colleagues at some of the most highly regarded hospitals and research centers in the world. The concentration of research in every aspect of biomedical sciences in the TMC and in Houston is among the highest to be found anywhere.
Baylor is a member of The Gulf Coast Consortia for Quantitative Biomedical Sciences (GCC), a collaborative alliance for cross-institutional, interdisciplinary bioscience training and research. The other members of the GCC are Rice University, The University of Houston, The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. The GCC was a finalist for the 2011 Collaboration Prize. Along with seven other finalists the GCC was honored for creating an extraordinarily impactful and innovative collaboration.
Neighboring Rice University, the University of Houston and The University of Texas Health Science Center provides extensive opportunity for interaction and collaborations with researchers from the full spectrum of physical and social sciences.
The College is affiliated with many institutions within the Texas Medical Center at which opportunities abound for Baylor scientists to participate research initiatives. These affiliations include:
The Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Baylor faculty conduct basic, translational and clinical research at the MEDVAMC, one of the largest VA medical centers in the country. Centers of Excellence run by Baylor faculty at the MEDVAMC include The Houston VA Health Services Research and Development Center of Excellence, The Rehabilitation Research and Development Center of Excellence, The Houston Parkinson's Disease Research, Education and Clinical Center, and The MEDVAMC Epilepsy Center of Excellence.
Texas Children’s Hospital
Texas Children's is one of the largest and most respected pediatric hospitals in the country. Baylor faculty conduct basic, translational and clinical research focused on improving the health of children. Texas Children's houses several outstanding research entities run by Baylor faculty, including the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute, the Texas Children's Center for Vaccine Development and the Texas Children's Cancer Center.
Ben Taub Hospital
All the physicians at Ben Taub Hospital, the largest hospital in the Harris County Hospital District, are members of the Baylor faculty. Ben Taub attracts an incredibly diverse patient population, making it a superb center for clinical research.
Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center
Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, part of the CHI St. Luke’s Health system, is a jointly owned hospital that includes an existing 850-bed hospital and a new hospital that will be built out on the McNair Campus. CHI St. Luke’s has a strong affiliation with the Texas Heart Institute, consistently ranked among the best centers for cardiac care in the nation. Baylor St. Luke’s Medical center has large and highly respected programs in transplantation, neurology and other specialties. Baylor physician-scientists and researchers lead numerous research initiatives at Baylor St. Luke’s.
The Menninger Clinic
With Baylor faculty comprising the majority of physicians and researchers, the Menninger Clinic is one of the premier centers in the world for care of and research into psychiatric disorders.
Memorial Hermann - The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research
TIRR is one of the top five rehabilitation facilities in the country. TIRR has been a Model System for Spinal Cord Injury since 1972, and is involved in many significant research efforts, many of which include Baylor faculty. Mission Connect at TIRR is a unique collaboration of five medical institutions of which Baylor is an important participant. Mission Connect provides investigators with the resources to conduct basic research focused on reversing the consequences of spinal cord injury, brain injury, and neurological disorders.
MD Anderson Cancer Center
MD Anderson ranks first in number of grants awarded, including 12 Specialized Programs of Research Excellence (SPORE) grants, and total amount of grant dollars from the National Cancer Institute. Baylor faculty collaborate with MD Anderson researchers on many of these grants.
Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine signed an interinstitutional agreement to facilitate research and teaching collaborations between the two private schools in 2015.