The KU Medical Center has research groups in departments as well as interdepartmental/ interdisciplinary research and training. Examples include: Aging, Bone research, Cancer, Cell biology, Endocrinology, Environmental and Occupational Health, Immunology, Microbiology, Molecular Medicine, Molecular Biology, Genetics and Physiology, Neuroscience, Pharmacology, Renal Disease, Reproductive and Developmental Biology, Structural Biology, and Toxicology. There are organized Centers for research, which include: Center on Aging, Kansas Cancer Institute, Center for Environmental and Occupational Health, the Mental Retardation Research Center, Center for Reproductive Biology, and the Children's Development Unit.
More than half of nearly a quarter million square feet of research space is laboratory area. The new Biomedical Research Center opened in Fall, 2006, and is 5 stories with 205,000 square feet, housing 80 separate laboratories and include a world-class scientific conference center. The Center will be home to some of the aforementioned interdisciplinary research groups.