The Office of Research Affairs has a firm commitment to advancing the research enterprise of the Medical School by providing input on research and research related policy matters to the Dean,  the Administrative Council and Faculty Senate as follow:
Identification and consideration of research areas for development, especially in regard to the establishment of centers and interdisciplinary programs.

  • Identification of facilities and equipment needed for replacement and development.
  • Development of strategies for expanding activities in clinical and basic research.
  • Establishment of a plan and guidelines to more actively participate in technology transfer.
  • Advise on use of institutional resources and the acquisition of outside funds for the development of research programs to make the research efforts of the school visible to the public.

We are also committed to enhancing the research and intellectual endeavors of both faculty and trainees through programs offered by the Research Committee and the Graduate Student Education Committee. The Office of Research Affairs also screens and identifies nominees for extramural funding opportunities with limited submission criteria and is responsible for the oversight and management of the Annual McGovern Medical School Research Retreat, The Ernst Knobil Distinguished Lecture, the Dean’s Lecture Seriesthe Cheves Smythe Distinguished Lecture Series and the Collaborative Workshop series.


Rebecca Richards-Kortum, Ph.D.
Malcolm Gillis University Professor
Director, Rice 360 Institute for Global Health
Department of Bioengineering
Rice University
“Developing and Translating Affordable Technologies to Improve Maternal and Child Health in Low-Resource Settings”
April 5, 2022
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
MSB 3.001

April 28, 2022
Annual Medical School Research Retreat
9:00 a.m. –5:00 p.m., IMM, Beth Robertson Auditorium – Hybrid

April 28, 2022
Ernst Knobil Distinguished Lecture and Keynote Address Annual Medical School Research Retreat 

10:50 a.m. – 11:50 a.m,  IMM, Beth Robertson Auditorium – Hybrid
Gregg Semenza, M.D., Ph.D.
C. Michael Armstrong Professor of Genetic Medicine
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
“Hypoxia-Inducible Factors in Physiology and Medicine”

September 20, 2022
Dean’s Lecture
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., MSB 3.001
Kennedy Family Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine
Columbia University

March 28, 2023
Cheves Smythe Distinguished Lecture
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., MSB 3.001
Sharon Inouye, M.D., MPH

Director, Aging Brain Center
Milton and Shirley F. Levy Family Chair
Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center