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 Series, the Cheves Smythe Distinguished Lecture Series and the Collaborative Workshop series.



October 10, 2017

Annual Medical School Research Retreat
8:00 a.m. –5:00 p.m., IMM, Beth Robertson Auditorium
Keynote Address:
Hiromitsu Nakauchi, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Genetics (Stem Cell)

Stanford University

“Exploiting the developmental organ niche for interspecies organogenesis”

November 2, 2017
Ernst Knobil Distinguished Lecture
noon–1:00 p.m., MMS 3.001
James Thomson, Ph.D.
Director of Regenerative Biology
Morgridge Institute for Research
Professor of Cell and Regenerative Biology
University of Wisconsin
“Human Pluripotent Stem Cells” 

December 6, 2017
Dean’s Lecture
4:00–5:00 p.m., MMS 3.001
Richard Morimoto, Ph.D.
Department of Molecular Biosciences
Northwestern University
Proteostasis networks and the heat shock response in aging and neurodegenerative diseases” 

January 23, 2018
Dean’s Lecture
4:00–5:00 p.m., MMS 3.001
Rebecca Richards-Kortum, Ph.D.
Malcolm Gillis University Professor
Professor of Bioengineering,
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Rice University

Reducing inequities in maternal and child health: The role of new technologies” 

March 6, 2018
Cheves Smythe Distinguished Lecture
4:00–5:00 p.m., MMS 3.001
Helen Blau, Ph.D.
Donald E. and Delia B. Baxter Professor
Director, Baxter Laboratory for Stem Cell Biology
Stanford University
“Regulators of muscle stem cell fate and function”