Basic science in the Department of Medicine is more active than ever before. Active research programs are present in all divisions, many of which are collaborative across divisions. Research in inflammation has been active in several disease areas including rheumatologic, renal, infectious, gastrointestinal, cardiac, and pulmonary disorders. One of the noteworthy core strengths of many investigators in the Department is in the areas of fibrosis. Groups working on lung, cardiac, skin, liver, and renal fibrosis are active and many are working in a collaborative fashion. Facilitating these collaborative efforts is newly designed, open and contemporary laboratory space located on the on the 9th floor in the Clinical Sciences Building within Internal Medicine on the main MUSC campus. This modern space includes approximately 33,000 square feet of shared total space that includes extensive dedicated wet bench lab space, principal investigator offices, conference rooms, a dedicated vivarium for rodents, and extensive support space for equipment and for work in cell culture, microscopy, molecular biology.