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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

Kenny Simansky, PhD, Vice Dean for Research 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.
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Inside The España Lab

Image from the research at 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.
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Research News & Announcements
 

Co-investigators to Study Anal Dysplasia Among HIV-Infected Individuals

A $25,000 grant for an HIV Cancer Pilot Award from the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center will support a collaborative investigation into the severity of anal dysplasia, which can lead to anal cancer, and its association with inflammation in HIV infection. (November 2017)

Discovery Day 2017 Winners

With topics ranging from HIV/AIDS to spinal cord injury and neuroengineering, more than 380 Drexel University College of Medicine students and scientists showcased original research at Discovery Day 2017 on Thursday, Oct. 12.

Drexel Researcher Wins STAT News Wunderkind Award

STAT — a Boston-based national publication focused on science and health news — has named Halley Oyer, PhD, one of the "brightest young minds in life science." Oyer is a College of Medicine postdoc working in the laboratory of Felix Kim, PhD. (October 2017)

Austin Coley Receives First Ever F99/K00 Fellowship from NIH/NINDS

Austin Coley, a neurobiology PhD student in the laboratory of Wen-Jun Gao, PhD, is the recipient of the first ever F99/K00 fellowship from the NIH National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. (September 2017)

Gut Instincts in Obesity Research: The Promising Work of Nicholas V. DiPatrizio, PhD '08

The obesity epidemic is a notoriously complex problem that has confounded researchers for decades, but Nicholas V. DiPatrizio, PhD '08, has uncovered a promising new connection. His findings suggest that the body's lipid messengers in the gut, known as the endocannabinoids, signal the brain to seek out fat-rich foods — and that too much of this signaling results in the addiction-like behavior of compulsive overeating. Drexel University College of Medicine Alumni Magazine (Spring/Summer 2017)

Medical Student Selected for National Physician-Scientist Career Development Award

Max Brodsky, a 2018 MD candidate at the College of Medicine, was recently selected by the American Society of Hematology as one of two students nationwide to receive the 2017-2018 ASH Physician-Scientist Career Development Award. (June 29, 2017)

Researchers Uncover New Instruction Manual to Repair Broken DNA

A College of Medicine study reveals an unexpected function of the homologous recombination protein Rad52 and may help to identify new therapeutic targets for cancer. (June 8, 2017)


 
Upcoming and Recent Events
 

Second Annual Research Administrators' Meeting & Networking Event

   March 27, 2017
   Behrakis Grand Hall, University City Campus
   lauren.may@drexelmed.edu

C.H.A.T.: Online Navigation for Research

   March 29, 2017
   Stiles Hall, Room CL-A
   denise.cotter@drexelmed.edu

Research Poster Presentations: MS in Medical Science Program

   April 24, 2017
   New College Building Lobby
   karen.hurley@drexelmed.edu

Kenny Simansky, PhD - Vice Dean for Research

Kenny J. Simansky, PhD
Vice Dean for Research; Professor of Pharmacology & Physiology

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