The Research Division in the Wayne State University Department of Emergency Medicine is dedicated to improving patient care and clinical outcomes through a process of inquiry and innovation.
The Division has grown significantly over the past decade and a half. Prior to 2000, the department's primary focus was the education of medical students/residents and patient care. What started as 2 investigators and a staff of 4 has grown into 12 core research faculty, 20+ junior clinical faculty who engage in scholarly activities, 2 research-dedicated nurses, 13 clinical coordinators, 19 research assistants, and a cadre of student volunteers. Because of this, the department has robust research capacity and is capable of enrolling patients in all of our emergency departments 24/7/365.
The Division has also seen a marked increase in scholarly production, grant applications and external funding. We currently generate more than $7 million in funding annually from prominent federal agencies including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Patient Centered Outcome Research Institute, and the American Heart Association along with a host of foundation and industry funders.
Our faculty has numerous and diverse research interests, including cardiovascular disease, neurological emergencies, resuscitation medicine, pre-hospital care, sepsis and infectious diseases, pulmonary and critical care, and trauma. Our faculty members have received numerous research awards and frequently present at national and international meetings. In addition to research, our faculty help to direct the national research agenda related to preventative care, patient treatment and health services research through participation on local and national committees, medical boards and peer-review journals. They are also actively engaged in the grant and manuscript review process, serving on numerous panels, including NIH study sections.