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Academic Research Services (ARS)

ARS provides support to investigators and faculty within the Department of Internal Medicine (DOIM) to cultivate a positive, productive, innovative, and growing research program. We work with the Associate Chairs of Research to support investigators in their research, regulatory, and administrative needs.

The ARS staff coordinates and prepares an Annual Research Report, monthly Research Conferences, annual Research Symposium, and the Intramural Research Awards competition. These departmental research programs and initiatives foster collaboration and innovation among trainees, faculty, and others.

“We support faculty and trainees and enable them to focus on science and not so much on the administrative work."  Wess.

Send a message to ARS to inquire about any of the department’s programs and initiatives.

ARS Administrative Services Staff


Angela Duke, BS

Associate to, Academic Research Services

ARS Grant Writing Services Staff

Comprehensive Writing Support: Grant Writing, Manuscript Preparation, and Funding Application Review

The Academic Research Services (ARS) scientific writing team can assist the Department of Internal Medicine (DOIM) faculty members, trainees, and staff at all stages of funding application preparation from finding an appropriate funding opportunity to the review of final documents. Additionally, the ARS writing team can assist faculty members in manuscript preparation and review. Our goal is to support faculty in the submission/resubmission of the highest quality grant proposals and manuscripts possible.

The ARS scientific writing team has expertise in assisting faculty with identifying funding sources, developing proposal ideas, formulating application checklists, and editing all proposal documents to enhance scientific clarity. ARS can assist with manuscript submissions by creating figures, reviewing/editing all document sections, formatting for specific journal requirements, and drafting support documents (supplemental data, response to reviewers, letters to the editor, etc.). The ARS writing team has extensive experience in drafting and reviewing the following documents: bio sketches, letters of support, data management plans, budgets, and letters of intent. We will facilitate connections to departmental collaborators for statistical support, regulatory needs, lab services, business administrators, and grant administrators. We have assisted in a variety of NIH applications (R, F, K, T, U series), DoD, NSF, intramural awards, private foundation awards, and more. Additional support services include promotion and tenure application materials, presentation assistance, English as a Second Language (ESL) editing, individual development plans (IDPs), and writing accountability.

Please contact IM Research at to inquire about ARS science writing support. Be advised that the ARS writing team works to support the internal proposal deadlines. Applications are due to your grant administrator no less than five business days before the official due date. Accordingly, ARS will not accept requests for proposals that cannot meet those deadlines. Additionally, ARS will provide support services on a ‘first come first serve’ basis.

ARS Lab Processing Services

The IM Division Lab Services are provided in collaboration with the UC Retrovirology Reference Laboratory (UCRRL) and with support from the IM Academic Research Services (ARS) office staff.

The UCRRL is a specialty lab that contributes to scientific discovery by providing high-quality laboratory support for clinical and translational research studies. Since 1987, the UCRRL has provided laboratory infrastructure for the design and implementation of observational studies and clinical trials conducted at UC and sponsored by a variety of sources including NIH, DoD, and pharmaceutical industry. Laboratory processing at UCRRL is focused on but not limited to the areas of Molecular Biology, Virology, Immunology, and Pathology. Client services are available to investigators, research networks, industry, and others for the purposes of research studies. The UCRRL specialty laboratory is an expert in processing PBMCs, plasma, serum, urine, stool, cerebrospinal fluid, and tissue samples. Short-term storage in a -80°C freezer is available and the team is certified in shipping biohazardous materials in compliance with IATA regulations.  Temporary -8O0C freezer storage space is available by request during our regular business hours (up to 30 days) on a first-come, first-served basis.

As a reference laboratory, the UCRRL utilizes approved commercial kits and validated in-house assays following the package inserts and standard laboratory procedures. Laboratory procedures are well documented in the protocol manual and subject to the appropriate quality control procedures. Tests performed for diagnostic purposes comply with ACTG, UC, ODH, CLIA, and HPTN regulations. All UCRRL lab staff maintain compliance with required CITI, GCLP, OSHA, and UC safety training.

To request lab or back-up freezer services please complete the appropriate request for services form and send all necessary documents to Our hours of operation are Monday-Friday from 8:00 am-5:00 pm by appointment only.

ARS Regulatory Services Staff

ARS Regulatory serves as the liaison between Researchers, the IRB of record, and the sponsor.  Our services ensure that each study meets the regulatory requirements and compliance for the Institution, the IRB of record, and the Sponsor for research studies within the Department of Internal Medicine.  We provide the study team with updated IRB communications and IRB-approved documents, allowing them to focus on the clinical aspects of research while we focus on the regulatory operations.  We work with the study team to keep efficient regulatory records and work with sponsors on the monitoring of regulatory documentation throughout the life of a study.  Essentially, our goal is to keep the IRB informed, the sponsor files in order, and our research team able to focus on research. 

ARS Research Financial Services (RFS) Staff

ARS Financial Services provides clinical trial financial oversight and management within the Department of Internal Medicine by designing and implementing best practices for centralized services and divisional responsibilities.

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