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Research


The Department of Medicine is a leader in biomedical research, and we are consistently among the top 25 departments of medicine nationwide in NIH research funding. DOM faculty members are the principal investigators on more than $86 million of current research funding. In fiscal year 2015, grants obtained by Department of Medicine faculty accounted for 25% of all School of Medicine research funding.

Our faculty are leaders in the scientific community, with research that makes major contributions to the advancement of biomedical knowledge. Our department has active research programs not only for our faculty, but for our fellows, housestaff and medical students. Our Physician-Scientist Training Program supports the next generation of physician scientists, who will be key innovators in shaping the future of health care, and each division has a diverse and vibrant externally-funded research program. In 2015 we also launched a new Health Services Research Development Grant to support innovative research by our fellows and early-career faculty designed to improve how health care is organized and delivered.

The Department is a very active participant in CU’s Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) initiative, with 3 of the 5 Associate Directors of the CTSA program calling the Department home. In addition, we have 33 endowed chairs, the endowed Temple Hoyne Buell Heart Center, and a federally-designated Cancer Center enabling us to pursue new understanding and treatment of diseases that are afflicting millions of Americans.

The Department of Medicine moved into all new research space at CU’s Anschutz Medical Campus in spring 2008.
 

demoruelle2015risingstar.jpgKristen Demoruelle, 2015 Department of Medicine 'Rising Star'

Dr. Demoruelle’s research focuses on identifying the causal pathogenic mechanisms underlying the development of rheumatoid arthritis (with special attention to mechanisms that drive the increased incidence in women). After her initial first-author publication during her CU internal medicine residency, she published several first-author publications and reviews as a rheumatology fellow, receiving one of ten highly competitive Distinguished Fellow Awards from the American College of Rheumatology. Since joining the CU faculty in 2013, she has generated significant grant support with several highly competitive awards, including an NIH K12 BIRCWH award and a five-year NIH K23 Award. The work undertaken by Dr. Demoruelle is innovative and highly competitive, and has already generated a change in the research paradigm in her field. She has also been a valuable mentor for several medical students and clinical fellows, as well as for PhD graduate students working on translational research projects.


Department of Medicine Research Funding

The Department of Medicine offers several programs to promote the success of our researchers. Learn more about these programs:

  • Department of Medicine Team Science Program
    The Team Science Program facilitates the development or enhancement of collaborative research teams that will be competitive for multi-investigator grant proposals and innovative new approaches within the DOM.

  • Department of Medicine Health Services Research Development Grant
    The two-year Health Services Research Fellowship program provides research and training support for fellows or instructor-level junior faculty members in the Department of Medicine who are pursuing a career in health services research.