Research in the Department of Medicine

Research in the Department of Medicine

Eric R. Houpt, MD
DOM Vice Chair for Research

Eric Houpt

Basic, translational, clinical, and epidemiologic investigations are vital activities in the Department of Medicine. 

Of the 281 faculty in the Department of Medicine, more than a third are heavily involved in research and are on investigative research tracks. In FY 2014, total grant support for department faculty exceeded $36 million, with roughly 45% coming from the National Institutes of Health, 32% from foundations -- particularly the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, with several large awards to the Division of Infectious Diseases and International Health -- 12% from industry, and 11% from other government sources. There were 66 NIH grants funded to DOM investigators in FY14, including 29 R01s and 13 K (career development) awards and 8 training grants.

The Department of Medicine's commitment to cutting edge research is facilitated by a number of UVA institutional resources. These include the School of Medicine's Office of Research Core Administration, which supports more than 15 research cores. The cores provide access for  all SOM investigators to a wide range of technical and analytical services and sophisticated instrumentation. A list of equipment available in the research cores is available  here.

Some of the other institutional resources include:


Read about Zhen Yan's research on diabetic cardio-myopathy and his finding that exercise has a protective benefit in mice: "Unexpected Benefits of Exercise."