Message from the Director of Research
The mission of the Office of Research is to provide support for the research activities of the university by providing guidance and opportunities for faculty, staff and students to engage in various research activities that promote advancement in the biomedical and clinical sciences. All areas of research from basic biological research to translational and population-based studies are included. Support for these areas includes statistical consulting, an intramural grant program and a searchable database of extramural grant opportunities.
Student research/scholarly activity is a vital part of health provider education. Research enhances critical thinking skills and increases medical knowledge as well as preparing students for graduate medical education. Therefore, all students are encouraged to participate in research activities while at RVU. To get started you need to complete the 2 CITI courses (access and login instructions may be obtained by request to email@example.com):
- Basic Biosafety/Biohazard Training for Medical Students
- Introduction to Research
If you are interested in research studies in the humanities, you will need to speak with Dr. Schwartz or Dr. Michels.
Note: All research dealing with human subjects must be approved by the IRB (Institutional Review Board). RVU complies with all federal regulations as set forth by the HHS OHRP.
If you have a research idea and mentor, you can complete the Student Research Approval Form (link) or schedule a meeting with either the Director of Research or other faculty members interested in research.
Once you have a project and a mentor, the Office of Research will need to approve your project prior to starting the study. Approval requires your mentor’s signature for approval, proper documentation of IRB approval, if appropriate, and approval by the Office of Research.
Dr. Duane Brandau, DO
Director of Research and Scholarly Activity