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Research

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Research is a critical mission of the Yale School of Medicine. Understanding resources available to facilitate research, develop collaborations, and advance science can be enormously helpful to individual investigators and the school at large.

The Yale School of Medicine’s website maintains a list of Research Services and Centers & Organizations. The following sections have been developed to help provide additional guidance.

Research Leadership

Research leadership provides guidance to departments/chairs to help them align with school and university policies and priorities. This leadership team helps coordinate the development of research strategies and facilitate access for Yale investigators to the exceptional research resources of our institution.

Research Resources

Clinical and Translational Research

There is great expertise in clinical research at Yale School of Medicine. Many related resources can be found across the University.

  • Yale Center for Clinical Investigation (YCCI) helps train clinical researchers and provides infrastructure to support investigations. YCCI offers a series of courses through the Investigative Medicine Program that include: Principles of Clinical Research, Ethical Issues in Biomedical Research, Introduction to Biostatistics in Clinical Investigation, Writing Your K- or R-type Grant Proposal, and Topics in Human Investigation. The YCCI Research Services website offers an extensive array of resources to help develop and conduct clinical research and clinical trials.
  • Yale Institutional Review Board (IRB) reviews and oversees any protocols that involve human subjects to help ensure compliance, safety, and ethical practices with clinical subjects. IRB OVERVIEW WORKSHOP VIDEO
  • Joint Analytics Team (JDAT) is a resource for faculty to address EPIC data needs. Under YCCI, JDAT's informaticists and analysts support clinical data use. The group additionally supports customized reporting and data analysis for clinical programmatic use.
  • Yale Center for Analytical Sciences (YCAS) provides expertise in biostatistics, epidemiology, health economics, health policy, health services, and big data at Yale.

Yale Animal Research

Animal research is an integral part of many investigators’ studies, as more than half of research awards to YSM have an animal use component. The University's great depth of animal research support is available to help facilitate such endeavors.

  • Yale Animal Resources Center (YARC) maintains over 200,000ft2 of animal facility space and has a full range of veterinary and technical services, in addition to providing housing and husbandry services for animal research.
  • The Office of Animal Research Support (OARS) administratively supports the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) and facilitates the IACUC approval process by assisting investigators with IACUC protocol preparation. In addition to reviewing and approving animal care and use protocols, the IACUC is also responsible for reviewing the entire animal program to ensure compliance with appropriate care and use standards.

Yale Research Core Facilities

Yale core research facilities offer investigators access to state-of-the-art scientific instrumentation and experts to keep Yale’s scientific research at the cutting edge and offer resources beyond the scope of individual labs.

A listing of Core Research Facilities is available on the University's Research website. Highly trained teams may provide training and assistance with use of instrumentation, as well as aid in experimental design.

Specific Types of Research

There are many different types of research being performed at YSM. Several specific types of research have developed specific resources.

  • Collaboration and Team Science is a priority at the Yale School of Medicine. Knowing what your colleagues are working on can be helpful to know who to engage. Search for other faculty by research keywords.
  • Global Health Research is facilitated through the Yale Institute for Global Health, which provides support for identifying funding opportunities and fostering mentorship and networks for faculty interested in global health.
  • Health Equity Research has evolved to promote population health and health care system equality. With a focus on global health disparities, patient experiences of care, and health care workforce diversity and inclusion, the Equity Research and Innovation Center (ERIC) supports a research portfolio that is rigorous, collaborative, and translatable to policy and practice.
  • Women’s Health Research at Yale helps promote and support research related to the health of women and the influence of sex and gender on health outcomes. Related information is profiled, interdisciplinary relationships are fostered, and a pilot funding program provides seed funding.

Educational research can be facilitated through the Teaching and Learning Center through evolving educational approaches and curricula, as well as the Yale Center for Medical Simulation through advancing methods of training.

Research Mentoring

Mentoring can be remarkably rewarding for all involved. Types of mentorship and programs are discussed under the OAPD Faculty Development section of the website.

  • YCCI Mentor Training offers a curriculum to accelerate the process of becoming an effective research mentor. This is largely discussion based around case examples on topics such as expectations and communication while promoting career development and independence.
  • Student Research is a great way for faculty to engage in mentoring medical students. Faculty are encouraged to ensure that their information is listed appropriately on the Office of Student Research (OSR) directory (which is based on the Profile System) so students know what is available. Expectations of faculty mentors are defined.

Office of Sponsored Projects

Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP) helps faculty and staff in obtaining and managing sponsored awards that support scholarly activities. OSP reviews and approves proposals submitted to all sponsors; interprets, negotiates, and accepts grants and contracts for sponsored projects (externally-funded activities) funded by federal and state agencies, foundations, and other public and private sources; and provides guidance to assure proper stewardship of funds that are received.

Some of the resources offered by OSP include, but are not limited to:

Office of Cooperative Research

Office of Cooperative Research (OCR) facilitates the translation of research from Yale’s labs into products and services that benefit society.

The OCR team is available to discuss your ideas and leverage their extensive industry expertise, as well as the expertise of a large network of Entrepreneurs-In-Residence. No matter what the stage of your work is, consider reaching out to them.

Of note, OCR also stewards of the Blavatnik Fund for Innovation at Yale which provides funds to help bridge the gap between early-stage research and successful development of high-impact biomedical products.