Office of Research

The Mission of CUSM Office of Research

The mission of the office of research is to advance the concepts of biomedical sciences, clinical research, and education through inquiry and discovery and to develop the art of applying these concepts to enhance the state of health and reduce the condition of illness.

The office of research encourages collaboration and sharing experiences among faculty and students as well as at the interinstitutional level in particularly, the collaboration with Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC). ARMC provides an excellent support for the academic medicine at CUSM by allow the bridging of basic and clinical sciences. The responsibilities of the faculty at CUSM include engagement in scholarly activity as well as teaching. This combination is key for fostering critical thinking, problem solving, and lifelong learning skills among the faculty and students.


The Responsibilities of CUSM Office of Research Include:

  1. Providing leadership, strategic planning, and identifying the necessary administrative and financial resources for advancing the research program at CUSM.
  2. Serving as a catalyst to foster institutional and interinstitutional collaborations.
  3. Advancing innovative translational biomedical science concepts and their applicability to science, health care, and education.
  4. Establishing the support system and policies for protecting human subjects and humane use of animals in research.

Current Resources Available to CUSM Research Faculty and Students include:

  1. Infrastructure:


    1. Research facility; including basic instruments and computers usually found in modern biomedical research laboratories
    2. Support system for grant writing and management
    3. Internal grants support
    4. Cost of publication
    5. Funding for small and large equipment on a need base
    6. Laboratory manager

  2. Compliance


    The Office of Research is dedicated to maintaining the high ethical standards of research and education at CUSM. Research activities conducted by faculty, staff, and students at CUSM must be conducted in an ethical and responsible manner following applicable federal, state, or local regulations, sponsor requirements, and University policies and procedures. The Office of Research oversees research related policy development and implementation through key committees:

    1. Research Committee
    2. Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)
    3. Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC)
    4. Institutional Review Board (IRB)

  3. Sponsored Programs


    The Office of Research assists faculty, students and staff in obtaining external funding and support. The Office of Research effectively manages the funding process for institutional compliance of federal, state and other funding agency requirements. The Office of Research is responsible for all pre- and post- award activities regarding grants awarded to CUSM.


  4. Student Summer Research Program (SSRP)


    A 6-7-week summer research opportunity with stipend support will be available for MD1 students. Students who are interested in summer research have to identify a research mentor and submit a brief summary of the intended research project.

    Basic Science Clinical and Research Opportunities

    Scholarships research areas include:

    • Cancer biology
    • Molecular mechanism of Neurodegeneration
    • Molecular mechanism of aging
    • Cellular apoptosis pathways
    • Elucidating function of Tumor Necrosis Factor Receptors
    • Molecular diagnostics of ID, Biofilm biology - an in-vitro model
    • Surgery Group research projects
    • Emergency Medicine
    • Assessment, Clinical assessment, curriculum

    Curricular Student’s Research Support:

    • Support for the course “Academic research Study MD-6600” for the MD class.
    • Support for the course “Statistics and Epidemiology II – Research (MBS-5260)” for the MBS class.
    • Cost of poster printing and support for the research day.


  5. Summer Science Camp:


    More information about Summer Science Camp will be posted as soon as become available.