Basic research like that conducted in OMRF laboratories focuses on the mechanisms and triggers that lead to human diseases and disorders. By observing the normal biological processes at the molecular level, scientists can ask important questions that yield better understanding of disease formation. How do normal cells become abnormal and lead to cancer? Why does the immune system sometimes attack the body’s own tissues? What happens in the brain to cause Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s disease?

These and countless questions like them form the foundation of the research studies underway at OMRF. And the search for answers, more often than not, leads to yet more questions—questions that OMRF researchers strive to answer in hopes that more will live longer, healthier lives.