Areas of Research

Research

Advancing Human Health

Medicine is evolving almost daily. Being on the forefront of new discoveries and new treatments that benefit patients is of the utmost importance. NSU MD faculty members actively participate in innovative research, both in the lab and clinical setting, to further develop discoveries that can benefit patients.

As part of NSU's research-focused M.D. program, students can participate in research that will shape their understanding of medicine.

Areas of Research

Chaired by Julie Jacko, Ph.D., this department is focused on the well-being of large groups of individuals, especially those with chronic and costly illnesses, such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer and lung disease, that are all highly prevalent in South Florida. The current focus is on health IT, health analytics, and underserved minority populations in South Florida.

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Although much progress has been made over the last several years on bringing new cancer therapies to patients, the need for novel approaches remains. NSU MD is helping to advance molecular fingerprinting of cancers in order to determine the most appropriate treatment course for an individual patient. Focusing on sarcoma, prostate and breast cancers, as model systems, novel genomic tools are being developed in this regard. Further, NSU MD faculty researchers are identifying cancer therapies particularly targeting cancers that are resistant to current drugs. Some of these approaches are evaluating the repurposing of currently approved drugs so that the pathway to the clinic can be shortened significantly.

Chaired by Vijay Rajput, MD., this department of Medical Education is focused on undergraduate allopathic medical education, medical education research and interprofessional education in the health profession.

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NSU MD is focusing on the nervous system in order to increase our understanding of and clinical approaches to common diseases such as Alzheimer’s and opioid addiction. Opioid addiction is a national healthcare crisis and deciphering the molecular etiology of this addiction will be important to solving the crisis. The NSU MD neuroscience effort is led by Deborah Mash, Ph.D., and NSU is home to one of the nation’s largest brain banks, which researches donated posthumous brains to identify causes of addiction and neurodegenerative diseases. This unique resource positions NSU MD to lead novel approaches to these highly prevalent diseases.

NSU MD is developing a robust research foundation with a variety of event types to encourage, enliven, and enrich the research lives of both students and faculty. Journal clubs expose students and faculty to the most recent published research, and the seminar series provides a showcase for students or faculty to present their work before colleagues or mentors. The NSU MD Research Administration Committee serves to direct the various arms of research being conducted by NSU MD students and faculty. Such administration ensures that project work is coordinated among the researchers and efforts are not being duplicated by researchers working in isolation. NSU MD is proud to sponsor three large research events in 2020: REACH Day (Research Education And Collaboration in Health), the RISE Conference (Research, Innovation and Service in Education), and HCA-NSU MD Research Day, a showcase for research performed by residents of Health Corporation of America and NSU MD students. Last, NSU MD’s Cell Therapy Institute (CTI) holds semi-monthly research presentations which afford faculty the opportunity to present research before their peers and students.

 

Research Events for the College of Allopathic Medicine 2020-2021