The HBC provides support to investigators in the behavioral, biological, chemical, engineering, physical and pharmaceutical sciences, as long as the scientific effort of such investigators falls within the general category of biomedical research. HBC research participants have a wide variety of scientific interests, many of which relate to six major research themes. These themes represent areas of scientific research in which several HBC Investigators are conducting research and have recognized expertise. The six thematic areas are:
- Cancer/Molecular Biology/Developmental Biology
- Chemical Biology and Drug Design
- Drug Metabolism, Toxicity and Pharmacogenomics
- Infectious Diseases and Vaccine Discovery
- Neuroscience and Neurodegenerative Diseases
- Protein Structure and Function
To create a scientific climate conducive to investigator interactions and scientific exploration, the HBC administration has developed a variety of programs that offer startup grants for pilot projects, specialized equipment acquisition, traveling to meet with program officers in funding agencies during grant proposal development, short term research funds for unique situations, training in grant writing, grant proposal pre-review, and support and training of graduate students and research associates working in the laboratories of HBC Investigators. The HBC also supports special conferences and lecture series that offer opportunities for scientific interactions, and discussion of future research collaborations with other KU faculties.