The Office of the Vice Dean for Research serves to support clinical and basic research activities, works with departments and interdisciplinary programs to develop and implement research, facilitates translational research and promotes mentoring to advance the training of physicians/scientists.
The vice dean for research steers and supports faculty research efforts, influencing opportunities for discovery by our medical and biomedical graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, medical residents and medical fellows. Noreen Robertson, DMD, associate vice dean for research, and Richard Huneke, DVM, MPH, executive director of University Laboratory Animal Resources, serve complementary missions within the Office of the Vice Dean to foster pre-clinical and clinical research within the institution. We are committed to bridging the superb clinical expertise and world-class research and educational capabilities of the medical school to enhance our progressive, high-quality medical education, scientific research and patient care.
The purpose of these web pages is to serve as a focal point for research at Drexel University College of Medicine. We are dedicated to providing research support to investigators. The links to the left will provide you with information and resources. Note that Drexel University's Office of Research provides certain administrative services for the Drexel University College of Medicine research program.
Q&A: Kenny Simansky, PhD, Vice Dean for Research, Professor, Department of Pharmacology & Physiology
As vice dean, Kenny Simansky has been an advocate for interdisciplinary, cross-campus and extramural collaboration, including international initiatives; secured funding for state-of-the-art technology and facilities; and raised the profile of the College — among peer institutions, federal and other grant-makers, and industry — as a source of world-class research and researchers.
Inside The España Lab
The España Lab research focuses on aminergic and hypocretinergic modulation of arousal-related processes including sleep/wake function, stress and motivated behavior.
Research News & Announcements
Scientists have made new headway in understanding how a deadly pathogen evolves during chronic lung infections in cystic fibrosis patients. "By looking at changes in the genome over time, we were able to see patterns — common themes that help us to better understand how this particular species evolves in its environment and how CF patients become chronically infected," said study co-corresponding author Joshua Chang Mell, PhD, an assistant professor at Drexel University College of Medicine. Drexel Now (March 21, 2017)
For researchers at Drexel University College of Medicine, the acquisition of two new confocal microscopes provides an unprecedented view into the human body — and fresh insights into conditions such as autism, neuroinflammation, HIV-associated neurocognitive impairment, heart attacks, cancer and more. Pulse (Spring 2017)
The battery-powered applicator — as small and light as a watch — is the first portable and potentially wearable device to heal wounds with low-frequency ultrasound. (November 29, 2016)
Neurologist Ricardo Cruciani, MD, PhD, sees patients dealing with excruciating pain every day, and he believes that there's much more that can — and should — be done to help them. "Pain is part of our survival — you see it across every species. And yet within the body it's a complex and sophisticated problem to solve," he says. College of Medicine Alumni Magazine (Fall/Winter 2016)
For decades, the hepatitis B virus has been considered the leading cause of liver cancer. In coming years, however, the growing obesity epidemic will overtake hepatitis B and contribute to millions of cases of liver cancer worldwide. Virologist Michael Bouchard, PhD, is studying the changing face of this deadly disease in groundbreaking detail. College of Medicine Alumni Magazine (Fall/Winter 2016)
Upcoming and Recent Events
March 27, 2017
Behrakis Grand Hall, University City Campus
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New College Building Lobby