Lung disease is the third leading cause of death in the United States. Leading the search for prevention solutions is Stephen Rennard, M.D., a national leader in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Dr. Rennard's latest research, in the New England Journal of Medicine, found that COPD doesn't always get worse. And patients can see improvement over their lifetime. He also is well known for scientifically proving that “Grandma’s chicken soup” can help cure the common cold.

As a senior faculty member and mentor, Dr. Rennard sees patients, conducts research and serves on many national committees offering his expertise in pulmonary problems. He is an example of the commitment our professors have to research discovery.

Vikas Gulati, M.D., assistant professor of ophthalmology and visual sciences, is another researcher concerned with glaucoma - a leading cause of blindness. While Dr. Gulati is new to UNMC, his protected research time, new facilities and institutional support, make it possible for him dedicate time in the lab along with time for patients.

It is this collaboration between clinicians and researchers that is making a difference in the lives of people in Nebraska and around the world.

Noted in the journal Science as one of  "Scientific Breakthroughs of 2011," HIV researcher Sue Swindells, M.B.B.S., was part of a team that discovered a combination of antiretroviral drugs could stop the transmission of the disease to others. Read more about a team of UNMC AIDS researchers collaborating on several fronts to develop new therapies and breakthroughs.

New Technologies

As our researchers develop new compounds, software and medical devices, they work with UNeMed to patent and make connections with investors to bring their work to the marketplace.