Multiple efforts are underway as part of the medical school’s research strategy.
On July 1, 2015, the clinical research leadership, expertise, and resources at Borgess Medical Center and Bronson Methodist Hospital transitioned to the medical school to establish the Center for Clinical Research. This integration better facilitates clinical research in southwest Michigan, including greater access to clinical research by medical students and residents/fellows, and more importantly brings access to the latest, most advanced therapies to benefit patients in the region.
Our efforts in laboratory research are just beginning. Renovation of two laboratory research floors on the W.E. Upjohn M.D. Campus started in mid-2015 and will be completed at the end of 2015. The research focus initially will be immunology and inflammation, which has relevance to all organ systems and is also a platform for assay and diagnostic testing that facilitates opportunities for commercialization. A national search is currently underway for a prominent basic science research group leader who will be expected to recruit an additional four laboratory-based researchers.
Working in collaboration with community affiliates and coalitions, community-based participatory research aligns the expertise of the medical school and participating faculty with priorities identified by the community to address community needs. Community-based research is a core component of the Active Citizenship curriculum for the MD degree for all medical students.
The medical school’s faculty has shown early success in scholarly educational research activities based on the contemporary, innovative medical student curriculum that have designed and are implementing. This will continue to grow.