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Wake Forest Departments

From its first tenant, Wake Forest School of Medicine’s Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, Innovation Quarter has been a leading center for discovery. It has become home to many scientists and researchers from Wake Forest School of Medicine and Wake Forest University.

Biochemistry and Structural Biology

The Biochemistry and Structural Biology programs featured here are: Proteins: Structure, Function and Genetics; Lipids Involved in Signal Transduction; and Lipid: Protein Interactions, Cancer and the Molecular Basis of Disease.

Bioethics Graduate Program

Wake Forest University’s Graduate Program in Bioethics and the Center for Bioethics, Health & Society provide bioethics resources for students, faculty, staff and the broader community.  The Graduate Program provides an educational opportunity in bioethics for both current and future professionals and others throughout the country, including health care providers, researchers in biomedicine and the life sciences, lawyers, and professionals in religion, health and research administration, and the biotechnology industry. 

Read a profile of the Bioethics Program

Biomedical Engineering

The Department of Biomedical Engineering is a department within a medical school and part of a clinical division whose research and educational programs reside within the Virginia Tech–Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences. This unique position provides faculty and students on the Wake Forest and Virginia Tech campuses with a rich environment that encourages engineering research focused on relevant clinical and biomedical problems.

Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma

The Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma helps injured kids get the best care, when they need it the most. Life-threatening injury is the No. 1 killer of kids in America causing nearly 10,000 deaths each year – more than all other causes combined. The Childress Institute invests resources in research, education and awareness to improve the treatment for critically injured children in the U.S. The Childress Institute was founded at and receives considerable support from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, and was established through the generosity of Richard and Judy Childress. For more information, please visit

Downtown Health Plaza

The Downtown Health Plaza, an outpatient clinic of Wake Forest Baptist Health, is designed to meet the needs of a growing, increasingly diverse population. The 47,600-square-foot medical facility, located at 1200 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Winston-Salem, serves all Forsyth County residents and surrounding communities. A tremendous community resource, it provides access to care not available to many otherwise.

Lipid Sciences Research

The Lipid Sciences Research Program at Wake Forest School of Medicine is one of the largest and longest-running research activities integrating basic and clinical investigation at the school. The research consists of cutting-edge genetic, molecular and nutritional research into the causes and prevention of epidemic diseases. A major focus is to find interventions that will help prevent heart disease; asthma, diabetes and obesity are targets as well. The program includes a longstanding NIH-funded program project grant in lipoprotein research as well as the Botanicals Research Center. It also is the home of the School of Medicine’s Transgenic Mouse Core facility.

Microbiology and Immunology

The Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Wake Forest School of Medicine has two major missions: research and teaching. The teaching mission involves training PhD students and postdoctoral fellows, as well as providing courses in immunology and microbiology to medical students.

Nurse Anesthesia Program

Established in 1942, Wake Forest Baptist Health’s Nurse Anesthesia Program began as one of the professional schools of The North Carolina Baptist Hospital (NCBH) and the Bowman Gray School of Medicine. Since then, Wake Forest Baptist Health has served as the program’s sponsor and the major clinical facility for clinical education of our students. The program has been highly regarded for an exceptional quality of graduates, as well as for housing faculty of outstanding achievement and recognition, nationally and internationally.

Learn about the Nurse Anesthesia program moving to the Innovation Quarter

Physician Assistant Program

The Physician Assistant Program at Wake Forest School of Medicine is a graduate level program that has a unique history of curricular innovation using clinical problem-based learning strategies that emphasize a small-group approach to learning. Graduates of the program complete a 24-month course of study and are awarded a Master of Medical Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies. One class of 48 students is enrolled in early June every year.

Read a profile on the program.

Physiology & Pharmacology

The Department of Physiology & Pharmacology at Wake Forest School of Medicine is dedicated to excellence in the education and training of medical students, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows and the pursuit of excellence in research. The primary research expertise includes cardiovascular, aging, drug abuse, alcohol abuse and neuropsychiatric disorders.

Public Health Sciences

The Division of Public Health Sciences at Wake Forest School of Medicine identifies strategies to enhance public health and prevent disease. The division is a group of public health-oriented faculty and staff whose activities focus on developing better strategies for maintaining the health of the entire community.

Wake Forest Innovations

Wake Forest Innovations is the new commercialization enterprise of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, launched in the Fall of 2012 to establish and manage new business and partnerships based on innovative products and services arising from ideas, discoveries, and the scientific research assets of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

Wake Forest Innovation Quarter

Wake Forest Innovation Quarter is responsible for planning, implementation, development and operations at Innovation Quarter. Its purpose is to create a place where people are inspired to work, want to live, have an opportunity to learn and are able to play.

Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine

The Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine is an international leader in the translation of scientific discovery to clinical therapies. The Institute applies the principles of regenerative medicine to treat human diseases and disabilities. Institute scientists have successfully engineered multiple types of human tissues. Work at the Institute already has led to several startups now operating in Innovation Quarter.