Information for Researchers

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Margaret A. Shupnik, PhD, Senior Associate Dean for Research

Margaret A. Shupnik, PhD
Gerald D. Aurbach Professor of Endocrinology
Department of Medicine: Endocrinology and Metabolism
Senior Associate Dean for Research, School of Medicine

As Senior Associate Dean for Research, Dr. Shupnik oversees basic, clinical and translational research programs, centers and strategic initiatives; has joint (with the Senior Associate Dean for Education) oversight for the graduate student and MSTP programs; oversees new buildings and facilities for research and intramural funding mechanisms, leads strategic planning and implementation for research, and participates in strategic faculty recruitment and retention. With the Office of the VP for Research, she works to develop and promote cross-grounds efforts in biomedical sciences.

David L. Driscoll, PhD, Director of Research Development

David L. Driscoll, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor of Health Education
Assistant Dean and Director, Office for Research, School of Medicine

As Assistant Dean and Director of the Office for Research, Dr. Driscoll supports strategic research initiatives for the School of Medicine, acts as a communication link between the Dean’s Office and the larger research community, serves as a liaison with other offices supporting research across the university, supports the development of new research infrastructure, and participants in building collaborations within and outside UVA.

Information for Researchers

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The Office for Research supports and promotes basic, clinical, and translational investigation in the School of Medicine (SOM) and facilitates research synergies across UVA by leading or participating in:

The office works closely with the SOM Office of Grants and Contracts, which helps faculty and administrators apply for and manage sponsored awards in support of the research and other scholarly activities of our investigator community.

School of Medicine Research Goals & Themes

Our overarching research goal is to stimulate biomedical discovery that betters the human condition.  A recent strategic planning process and the school’s Strategic Hiring Initiative have identified seven research themes that we wish to sustain and cultivate.  Each of these themes embraces investigations from foundational discovery to clinical trials and population studies.

  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular medicine
  • Metabolic disorders
  • Neurosciences
  • Organ transplant
  • Precision medicine
  • Regenerative medicine

We also identified five enabling disciplines that intersect with and support several of these areas of research:

  • Imaging
  • Outcomes/population sciences
  • Genomics/bioinformatics
  • Immunology
  • Infectious diseases/microbiology

We expect that new areas of investigation will occur at the intersections between these themes and disciplines.  Through strategic faculty hiring, partnerships with other UVA schools, and internal funding and training programs that emphasize collaborative and team science, we hope to increase cross-disciplinary research that spans basic to translational to clinical science, and effectively compete for national centers and multidisciplinary awards.