Research

With a commitment to free and open inquiry, our scholars take an interdisciplinary approach to research that spans arts to engineering, medicine to education. Their work transforms the way we understand the world, advancing fields of study, and often creating new ones. Generating new knowledge for the benefit of present and future generations, UChicago research has had an impact around the globe, leading to such breakthroughs as discovering the link between cancer and genetics, establishing revolutionary theories of economics, and developing tools to produce reliably excellent urban schooling.

Research News

Researchers bolster development of programmable quantum computers

April 9, 2014—University of Chicago researchers and their colleagues at University College London have performed a proof-of-concept experiment that will aid the future development of programmable quantum computers.

Genetic predisposition for enjoyment of amphetamine’s effects found to reduce risk of schizophrenia

April 8, 2014—Genetic variants associated with enjoying the effects of d-amphetamine—the active ingredient in Adderall—are also associated with a reduced risk for developing schizophrenia and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) scientists from the University of Chicago report.

PNC taps Thirty Million Words to be part of multimillion-dollar language development initiative

April 3, 2014—The PNC Foundation has selected the University of Chicago Medicine Thirty Million Words program to be part of a $19 million initiative supporting early childhood language development. The multiyear grant was announced April 1 during PNC’s Grow Up Great 10th Anniversary celebration at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium.

Fermi Telescope data tantalize with new clues to dark matter

April 3, 2014—A new study of gamma-ray light from the center of the galaxy makes the strongest case to date that some of this emission may arise from dark matter, an unknown substance making up most of the material universe.

Mayor Emanuel announces $2.5 million to expand tutoring backed by research evidence

April 3, 2014—An additional $2.5 million in funding will support the expansion of a tutoring program that UChicago researchers have found helps at-risk students, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced on March 31.