Research holds a place of prominence in the Department of Internal Medicine. In keeping with the overall mission of The Ohio State University to “improve patients’ lives through research”, the Department has a committed faculty of clinical, translational, and basic scientists working to discover breakthroughs to end human suffering. Research programs here encompass understanding basic mechanisms of gene and protein dysregulation that result in disease, through translational projects that endeavor to develop new diagnostics and therapeutics for disease intervention, to clinical trials of new medications in patient populations. In all types of scientific inquiry, the research is patient-centered.
The Department supports individual research efforts as well as thematic programs of research. The larger programs can be found within the James Cancer Hospital and the Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital and the Dorothy M. Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute, the Center for Microbial Interface, and a number of specialized programs that include critical care and transplantation medicine.
One of the major assets to research in the Department is the ability to collaborate with experts from other disciplines. There is a close association between Department of Internal Medicine scientists and:
Within the Department, there is also a spirit of collaboration with many investigators from the various Divisions within Internal Medicine working together. Additionally, the College of Medicine has a Center for Clinical and Translational Science funded by the National Institutes of Health which provides a large number of resources for investigators in the Department of Medicine.