Focus & Strengths
The Department of Internal Medicine is deeply committed to its research mission and to the training of future clinical investigators and researchers in foundational, clinical, translational, outcomes and other health care-associated research areas.
Recognizing that high-quality research activities enhance the teaching, clinical and service roles of the department and serve to attract high-quality graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, residents and faculty, the department has embraced a strategy to foster and support the research careers of the faculty and trainees through formal programs and funded initiatives within the department. These include:
- Supported research rotations for medical residents
- Stipend and tuition support for first-year graduate students in our pathobiology and molecular medicine program
- A fellow to faculty program that identifies, supports and guides medical or postdoctoral fellows through a comprehensive research driven program that results in appointment as a faculty member
- Internal funding for pilot research projects
- A faculty development program that guides new faculty toward a successful clinical or research career
- A research infrastructure core that will aid faculty in all aspects of their research program
- Formal centers and research focus groups that support fellows’ research rotations, fellowships, and research projects while providing opportunities for multi-disciplinary strategies
Our department has particular strengths in:
- Cancer research with collaborative projects involving faculty from pathology, surgical oncology, radiation oncology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center (Hematology Oncology Unit), the UC Health Barrett Center, several basic science departments of the College of Medicine, the hematology oncology section of Cincinnati Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center and the UC Health Bone Marrow Transplant Unit.
- Cardiovascular research includes a Cardiovascular Center of Excellence which is the academic home for a highly productive and collaborative faculty with focus in the area of cardiovascular biology and medicine.
- Digestive diseases has strengths in hepatology research with the Hepatology Research Group (HRG) being one of the premier research groups involved in the study of HCV and HBV co-infections in the context of HIV, as well as other host models of immunosuppression. Research excellence in inflammatory bowel disorders is a growth area.
- Diabetes and obesity research where members of the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism provide clinical care at the Cincinnati Diabetes and Obesity Center and collaborate on research that includes the regulation of body weight and the etiology and potential treatment of obesity in the Obesity Research Center.
- Infectious diseases research which includes the AIDS Clinical Trial Unit and a mycology study group which has gained international recognition for outstanding research in medical mycology and opportunistic infections.
- Outcomes research is an area of opportunity as dramatic changes in the delivery of health care in the United States evolve.
- Rare lung diseases in which faculty in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine participate in NIH-sponsored cooperative trials in rare lung diseases including lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM);pulmonary alveolar proteinosis; alpha1 antitrypsin deficiency; pediatric interstitial lung disease and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.
- Sickle cell studies and treatment by a collaboration of the University of Cincinnati Adult Sickle Cell Program and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Pediatric Sickle Cell Program in the performance of national clinical trials including those of the Sickle Cell Research Network, playing a significant role in advancing sickle cell disease research and patient care.