Within the mission of the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) is the goal to advance scientific knowledge through medical research. VCOM strives to foster a culture of faculty growth and institutional excellence through support for faculty research, innovation, and scholarly work. This culture allows faculty, residents, students, and alumni to develop and innovate new processes, products, and ideas aimed at improving human health in surrounding communities and worldwide. The Research Department’s role is to facilitate multidisciplinary biomedical, clinical, and community-based research.
Commitment to Research
VCOM’s commitment to research and scholarly activity is evidenced by faculty and students’ numerous funded research projects, publications in peer-reviewed journals, platform talks at national and international biomedical conferences, and other scholarly activity. VCOM continues to contribute to the advancement of medical knowledge via its research programs. From fiscal year 2002 to now, grant awards have totaled over $28 million. Research projects and funding continue to grow within VCOM.
Clinical research investigates the safety and effectiveness of drugs, devices, diagnostic products, and treatment regimens intended for human use. These may be used for prevention, treatment, diagnosis, or for relieving symptoms of a disease. VCOM’s clinical research program focuses largely on behavioral medicine, disease prevention, health education, and the diagnosis and treatment of various diseases, specifically those prevalent in underserved and rural areas of southern Appalachian states.
Biomedical, or basic science, research involves investigating health-related issues most often using non-human models, such as animals or cell cultures, in an effort to lay foundations for advancements in medical knowledge and to answer questions about the basic mechanisms and pathways involved in specific diseases. Translational research transforms discoveries from biomedical and laboratory studies into clinical applications with the goal of reducing morbidity and mortality from specific diseases and conditions.
Educational research and outreach programs at VCOM encompass the development of best practices to help students excel in their academic work, as well as help provide health-related services to underserved communities both at home and abroad. Many VCOM faculty members in both clinical and biomedical areas are active in educational research and community outreach programs, most often working in teams. Educational research includes the Standardized Patient program at the Simulation and Technology Centers on all VCOM campuses.