Research Opportunities for Medical Students
Over the years, Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine has quietly become a premier research institution, with the facilities, faculty and funding to support groundbreaking investigations in both basic and clinical science. In addition, researchers at the medical school are engaged in innovative collaborations with a wide range of regional and national partners in academia, government and industry. From multi-state clinical trials, to an NIH-funded Program Project Grant, to translational research with enormous potential to impact patient's lives, work underway at Wright State is helping to shape the future of medicine.
Explore tomorrow's medicine today
During your first year at Wright State, you'll have the opportunity to get involved in the Research Learning Community (RLC), a collaboration among medical students, faculty and the Office of Research Affairs. The RLC promotes research opportunities and seeks to build a supportive learning environment for medical student research. The RLC includes research electives, student advising, the Medical Student Research Club and Journal Club, the Translational Research Lecture Series and an annual Medical Student Research Symposium. In 2013, 58 students participated in the poster session.
Enjoy access to state-of-the-art facilities
To support and promote cutting-edge research, the medical school has established numerous specialized laboratories and centers. As a medical student, you can look forward to learning and working in some of the finest research facilities available anywhere, both on the university campus and at our affiliates throughout the community.
Here are just a few examples of the medical school's standard-setting centers and laboratories:
- The Center for Genomics Research features core facilities to support basic and clinical research into gene expression, flow cytometry and genotyping.
- The Center for Interventions, Treatment and Addictions Research seeks to advance scientific knowledge regarding the epidemiology, prevention and treatment of substance abuse with and within the community.
- The Lifespan Health Research Center is home of the Fels Longitudinal Study, the world's largest and longest-running study on human growth and body composition.
- The Matthew O. Diggs III Laboratory for Life Science Research, a stunning, modern facility containing advanced biochemistry and molecular biology laboratories, is also the first laboratory in Ohio to receive an LEED-NC Gold rating for "green" facility design.
- The National Center for Medical Readiness was one of two centers at the medical school to be designated as Ohio Centers of Excellence in Biomedicine and Health Care by the state governor. The center is developing the Calamityville® Tactical Laboratory, a state-of-the-art, collaborative training and research facility to provide a one-of-a-kind training opportunity for the world's medical, public health, public safety and civilian and military disaster response decision makers.
- The WSU & Premier Health Partners Clinical Trials Research Alliance was formed in 2012 to give patients in the Dayton area greater access to clinical research studies and to support translational research opportunities for clinicians and researchers.
- The WSU & Premier Health Partners Neuroscience Institute, the second medical school center to be designated as an Ohio Center of Excellence, provides technology and expertise in genomics, proteomics, imaging, informatics and other areas to support collaborative research in basic science and clinical neuroscience.
- The Proteome Analysis Laboratory includes multiple mass spectrometers and a host of related equipment to enable the analysis of protein/peptide expression in cells, tissues and body fluids.