The Behavioral Medicine Research Center (BMRC) was founded in 1986, when an anonymous corporate gift established the BMRC endowment, which has grown to its present level in excess of $20M. The income from the endowment is used to support the research, clinical and training missions of the Center. Unrestricted research support to 10+ senior BMRC investigators from various departments and disciplines has enabled them to undertake pilot studies, enhance ongoing studies, and support trainees who work on their research projects. This seed money has played an important role in BMRC investigators' success in obtaining over $100M in peer reviewed grant support from the NIH.
BMRC investigators' research programs cover the entire spectrum of behavioral medicine, ranging from studies of basic mechanisms whereby psychosocial and behavioral factors affect the development and course of medical disorders using techniques of molecular biology and genetics in both animal and human models to the development and evaluation of innovative behavioral treatment and prevention interventions for a broad range of medical disorders, including cardiovascular diseases, pain syndromes, diabetes, and gastrointestinal disorders. BMRC financial support of the collaboration between Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences health psychologists and the Arts and Science Department of Psychology and Neuroscience played an important role in the Clinical Psychology PhD program in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience being ranked among the top 10 programs in the U.S.
Dr. Redford Williams has been the Director of the BMRC since its inception, and relies on an Executive Committee made up of senior BMRC investigators to establish and implement policies and procedures for BMRC governance.