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
Call for Faculty Research Mentors
The College of Medicine will be funding summer research fellowships for first-year medical students. We would like to invite you to provide a brief synopsis of basic science and clinical research opportunities for the 2017 Medical Student Summer Research Fellowship program. Fellowship awards ($1,750 each) will be made directly to the students and do not include the cost of research supplies. Fellowships will span a period of approximately six contiguous weeks. This is a full-time commitment (minimum 40 hours per week). The fellow can receive no other University-funded income during this period. All fellowship recipients are required to present their work at Discovery 2017, the College of Medicine’s annual research day. Faculty project proposals should be submitted by December 16, 2016. For any questions, contact Caitlin Kaltenbach at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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)
By creating their own smart fabric, a multidisciplinary team of Drexel faculty has developed a fetal monitor that is wireless, accurate and comfortable to wear. Known as the bellyband, the device will be able to monitor uterine contractions and fetal heart rate in real time without tethering the expectant mother to a bed. The project has received IRB approval, and a clinical trial involving 20 pregnant patients is expected to start in fall 2016. College of Medicine Alumni Magazine (Fall/Winter 2016)
For as long as he can remember, Alexander Mazin has been driven by his need to understand exactly how things work. "I've always been interested in basic, mechanistic issues, and that goes all the way back to my training," says Mazin, a professor in the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology. At Drexel, that curiosity about basic processes may very well lead to a new approach to anticancer therapy. College of Medicine Alumni Magazine (Fall/Winter 2016)
New research being conducted by biochemist Mauricio Reginato, PhD, and physician/clinical researcher Christos D. Katsetos, MD, PhD, is elucidating exactly how brain tumors grow and invade the surrounding brain and what can be done to curtail cancer growth and spread. College of Medicine Alumni Magazine (Fall/Winter 2016)
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