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Research Overview

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Carl J. Fichtenbaum MD
Associate Chair for Translational Research

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Sakthivel Sadyappan PhD, MBA

Associate Chair for Basic Research

Annual Research Report

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Supporting and Fostering Research through Funded Initiatives and Formal Programs

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. Since 2011, our strategic plan in the Department of Internal Medicine (DOIM) has prioritized our research mission and embraced a strategy to foster and support the research careers of the faculty and trainees through formal programs and funded initiatives within the department.

The Associate Chair of Research, Sakthivel Sadayappan, PhD, MBA and Associate Chair of Translational Research Carl Fichtenbaum, MD, the Research Governance Committee and the Academic Research Service staff work together to foster discovery, innovation, mentoring and collaboration.

Our internal medicine awards program, our Supported research rotations for medical residents, Stipend and tuition support for first-year graduate students in our Pathobiology and Molecular Medicine program , and 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,  our J-club and our An Academic Research Services office that will aid faculty in all aspects of their research program have been critical for maintaining legitimate research activity, providing seed money for garnering ultimate external awards and for the gathering of preliminary data for future research activity.

Our total research holdings are now over $89 million dollars. This remains at an all-time high year-to-year

At the end of FY 2019 we held a total of 145 grants. Approximately 19% percent of those were held by primary investigators with R01 awards. There were 44 new grants awarded in fiscal year 19 amounting to a direct award amount of $8.8 million. This data does not include the $5.6 million dollars in clinical trial revenue nor the research funding from our Cincinnati VAMC

As always, we appreciate the commitment, work and service of all the faculty, investigators, researchers, trainees and staff engaging in basic, clinical, translational and healthcare outcomes research.

Formal programs and funded initiatives within the department include:

Research Governance Committee

The Research Governance Committee (RGC) advises the departmental leadership on research priorities that support and advance research and innovation within the Department, and it monitors and evaluates progress with the goal of enhancing the departments status as a leading research department. The committee meets monthly.

Research Conferences

The Department of Internal Medicine hosts Research Conferences on a monthly basis. The Conferences are designed to be interactive, collaborative and valuable for the faculty, trainees, students and staff that attend, as well as the presenters. In the hour-long session junior or senior faculty or trainees present on  a research project or research idea.

Internal Medicine Funding Opportunities

The Department of Internal Medicine provides a number of internally supported funding opportunities for faculty and trainee investigators, consistent with our mission to improve health through innovative multidisciplinary research. Over $200,000 in awards is provided each year through the Distinguished Research Achievement Award, Jr. and Sr. Faculty Pilot Awards, Collaborative Challenge Award, Trainee Award, Post Doc Travel Award, Outcomes Award and Rehn Family Research Award Funding. This funding has increased the number of research external awards and quality publications.

Annual research symposium

This annual symposium offers opportunities for collaboration, networking, and mentoring through poster sessions, round tables, and meet and greet activities.

Academic Research Services

The Academic Research Services (ARS) office is staffed to provide full service support for preparing, editing, and submitting basic and clinical research grant applications and start-up of clinical trials and maintenance of IRB protocols for translational and clinical studies.  The ARS office also assists researchers and trainees in finding research funding and provides education on writing winning proposals, mentorship, and collaboration.

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. 

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Internal Medicine

Medical Sciences Building Room 6065
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Cincinnati, OH 45267-0557

Phone: 513-558-4231
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