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. DOM investigators had 66 NIH-funded grants in FY14, including 29 R01s, 13 K (career development) awards, and 8 training grants.

Every May, the Department of Medicine hosts the Carey-Marshall-Thorner Research & Scholars Day (named for three eminent physician-researchers at UVA), an occasion which provides residents and fellows with a forum for sharing research and ideas and making interdisciplinary and cross-specialty connections. Go here to learn more.

The Department of Medicine's commitment to research that advances the medical and biomedical sciences 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 SOM investigators access  to a wide range of technical and analytical services and sophisticated instrumentation. A list of equipment available in the research cores is available  here.

Third-year resident Kacie Saulters with poster presentation at Research & Scholars Day

Some of the other institutional resources include:


(above) Third-year resident Kacie Saulters and her award-winning poster presentation at the 2015 Research & Scholars Day.
(left) Cardiovascular medicine professor Zhen Yan--read about his research on diabetic cardio-myopathy here: "Unexpected Benefits of Exercise."