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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

Genomics Reveal How Bacteria Evolve in Cystic Fibrosis Patients

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)

2017 CURE Awardees

Many thanks to the faculty and staff who participated in the 2017 Commonwealth Universal Research Enhancement (CURE) grant program competition. After an internal call for proposals, a scientific review panel met on March 3, 2017, to evaluate the applications that were submitted. The panel comprised faculty members from across the University. (March 20, 2017)

Picture This: Newest Microscopes Quicken the Pace of Research

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)

NIH Funds Clinical Trial to Test Device That Heals Wounds With Ultrasound

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)

New Frontiers in Liver Health: Targeting Obesity

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

Second Annual Research Administrators' Meeting & Networking Event

   March 27, 2017
   Behrakis Grand Hall, University City Campus

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

   March 29, 2017
   Stiles Hall, Room CL-A

Research Poster Presentations: MS in Medical Science Program

   April 24, 2017
   New College Building Lobby

Kenny Simansky, PhD - Vice Dean for Research

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

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