We strive to serve as a driving force for medical science research in Korea.
Medicine pursues the practical goal of improving the quality of human life by investigating the nature of health and disease and by establishing knowledge and means related to health care and the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease. Therefore, support for medical research has been one of the top priorities in determining the science policies for many governments across the world.
In Korea, the efforts to promote medical research has been growing by recognizing the economic and industrial importance of the fast-growing medical market as well as the necessity for improving the public health.
In response to these demands, medical research institutes at the Yeongeon Campus have been activated to conduct comprehensive and organic medical research by hosting academic conferences and regular workshops. As an integrated research organization to accelerate medical research in the 21st century through researches in various fields of medicine, Medical Research Center (MRC) at Seoul National University was established in March 1994 by integrating Institute of Reproductive Medicine and Population and seven other medical research institutes affiliated with Seoul National University College of Medicine, i.e. the Institute of Endemic Diseases, the Aging and Physical Culture Research Institute, the Neuroscience Research Institute, the Lung Research Institute, the Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, the Institute of Environmental Medicine and the Heart Research Institute.
The center added sixteen institutes, four in 1997 and twelve during the period from 2002 to 2008, which has been reorganized to have sixteen research institutes as of 2019.

The institutes in the MRC include the Institute of Reproductive Medicine and Population, the Institute of Endemic Diseases, the Neuroscience Research Institute, the Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, the Institute of Radiation Medicine, the Genomic Medicine Institute, the Institute of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, the Transplantation Research Institute, the Institute of Human Behavioral Medicine, the Institute of Human-Environment Interface Biology, the Sensory Organ Research Institute, the Institute of forensic and anthropological science, the Institute of Health Policy and Management, the Kidney Research Institute, the Ischemic/Hypoxic Disease Institute. While each institute conducts independent research, they also have established a cooperative system to serve as a driving force for the medical science research in Korea.