There are six thematic research programmes to profile the research activities of the Faculty: Biomaterials Research Program, Cardiometabolic Research Program, Center for Reproductive and Developmental Medicine, Program for Infection Biology and Infectious Diseases, Receptor Program and Systems Biology Research Program.
Success in national and international research funding calls is a signal of a high-level research at the Faculty of Medicine. There are research groups with the status of the Academy of Finland's Centre of Excellence (CoE) and two researchers called Academy Professors, who have demonstrated their skills and competencies in research and have been regarded as contributing to the progress of research within their own field. Faculty of Medicine also hosts two Finland Distinguished Professors (FiDiPro).
The University of Turku has several internationally distinguished research concentrations or areas of strength. Two of these are located in the Faculty of Medicine: Molecular biosciences and Cardiovascular and metabolic research.
There are three research tracks a basic degree student of the Faculty can apply for: the Biomedical Research Track, the Clinical Research Track and the Nursing Science Research Track. The research tracks aim at guiding research-oriented basic degree students into the field as early as possible and giving good general abilities to begin doctoral level scientific research in research groups.
The Faculty of Medicine hosts five doctoral programmes of the University of Turku (clinical medicine, dental science, drug research, molecular medicine and nursing science) in which all the doctoral candidates of the Faculty belong to. Faculty of Medicine Post Graduate Education Unit (PGE) organizes courses and gives out funding for postgraduate training purposes. Approximately 60 doctoral degrees are completed yearly in the Faculty of Medicine.
The Faculty of Medicine supports especially translational research which is collaboration between basic research and clinical research. A research continuum from basic and applied medical sciences to the clinical reality is the strength of the Faculty. Research collaboration is extensive and runs over discipline, faculty and university boundaries in Finland and abroad and includes also hospitals and industry.
Different research projects are presented on the website of the departments of the Faculty and special units.