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CONTENTS
CHOOSING A CAREER IN MEDICINE
THE AMC EXPERIENCE
A DYNAMIC LEARNING ENVIRONMENT
AN INNOVATIVE CURRICULUM
DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI & VISITORS
AN ACTIVE FACULTY
LIFE BEYOND THE CLASSROOM
A SPECIAL QUALITY OF LIFE
APPLYING TO ALBANY MEDICAL COLLEGE
ACCOMPLISHMENTS AT ALBANY MED



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    AN ACTIVE FACULTY
             
State-of-the-art technology and indomitable spirit join forces to question, investigate and conquer some of science's greatest mysteries.
State-of-the-art technology and indomitable spirit join forces to question, investigate and conquer some of science's greatest mysteries.
  Productive Researchers
Albany Medical College faculty are actively engaged in a wide range of scientific inquiry. This lively research environment is crucial in educating physicians for the 21st century. More than $27.5 million of research activity is supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health as well as other national, state, and private organizations. The College originates more than 400 peer-reviewed research publications each year. Many faculty serve as editors and reviewers for biomedical research journals, and many hold prestigious positions on NIH study sections.
     Basic science research at the College is organized around four centers: Cardiovascular Sciences, Cell Biology and Cancer Research, Immunology and Microbial Disease, Neuropharmacology and Neuroscience. Research efforts link these interdisciplinary groups as well as several clinical center's of excellence at Albany Medical Center. Another bridge between basic science and clinical medicine is the Clinical Research Initiative. This is a novel private-public venture among the College's clinical faculty and the basic science research laboratories of the New York State Department of Health.

Research Opportunities for Students
A variety of avenues are open to Albany Medical College students who wish to become involved in research. Some students do research for credit during the school year; others take advantage of summer fellowships. You may take a year's leave of absence to engage in research at the College, at the National Institutes of Health, or at another facility. You may even interrupt your medical education to earn a Ph.D.. Students who invest a significant amount of time in research during their years at the College can graduate with "Distinction in Research." This special recognition is often advantageous when applying for residency positions.

A Sampling of Recent Research
Albany Medical College's diligent investigators make critical contributions to the world of medical science. Here is some of our recent work:
Scientists at the Center for Immunology and Microbial Disease recently received the largest research grant in the history of the College — $8.2 million from the National Institutes of Health to establish a biodefense research program. Specifically, the team will attempt to develop a vaccine for tularemia, a potentially dangerous biological weapon.
Another NIH grant is funding research to advance AMC scientists' understanding of the underlying causes of Lyme disease.
Investigations into smooth muscles in arteries and veins continue, focusing on how calcium affects the function of proteins that lead to blood vessel contraction and ultimately cardiovascular health.
Research continues on the drug Ibogaine, derived from a W. African plant, and its derivative compounds - one of which was found to reduce cravings & dependency on cocaine, heroin, alcohol and nicotine.
Strategic application of immunological principles for the delivery of vaccines and new drugs to prevent and treat infectious diseases.