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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

"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)

"Unlocking The Secrets Of Pain"

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)

"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)

"Drexel Medicine Meets Haute Tech: Devices You Can Wash and Wear"

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)

"A Blueprint for Healing"

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)

"Teaming Up to Fight Brain Tumors"

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)

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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