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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

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.

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: 

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. 

Annual Research Report

Annual Research Report cover 2018-19Annual Research Report 2018-2019 (PDF)

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