The Institute for Molecular Virology (IMV) is an Academic Health Center-based institute that is dedicated to uniting University of Minnesota researchers engaged in virus research. The IMV breaks down the barriers that exist in traditional academic ‘siloes’ in order foster collegial interactions that can result in new scientific collaborations that result in the advancement of prevention, diagnosis, and/or treatment of viral disease. The IMV also serves to maintain the University of Minnesota’s reputation internationally as a center for excellence in the field of virology.
A central goal of the IMV is to harness the collective strength’s of university researchers and stimulate new interactions and new scientific collaborations geared toward advancing the University of Minnesota’s Academic Health Center overall mission of improving health both locally and globally by through scientific discovery – where the focus of the IMV is on combating viral diseases. The IMV seeks to act as a conduit to engage the public on the impact of viruses and their associated diseases on society.
The majority of IMV Investigators have been involved in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Provide an infrastructure for uniting University of Minnesota researchers
- Harness collective strength’s and stimulate new interactions and collaborations
- Improve health both locally and globally through scientific discovery of viral disease
- Public outreach to convey the impact of viruses and their diseases on society
- Maintain Minnesota’s international reputation of excellence in virology research