Research

An inquisitive mind, intellectual rigor, and the ability to apply scientific principles to clinical problems.

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The Department of Internal Medicine has an active research program, with investigators involved in clinical, translational, and basic science research. Our research funding from external sources is approximately $20 million annually. Our activities are based at both UNMC and the Omaha VA.

We define our research activities broadly because of the many needs of our patients and students, as well as our community. Our research includes quantitative and qualitative investigations of health and disease that address basic science mechanisms of disease; the development of new diagnostic and therapeutic strategies; the assessment of outcomes of new and existing health practices including economic and human costs; as well as the assessment of educational strategies. Our research activities also provide training for students and house officers to better prepare them for the challenges and changes they will encounter in their careers.

The Divisions of Internal Medicine include: Cardiology; Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism; Gastroenterology and Hepatology; General Internal Medicine; Geriatrics and Gerontology; Infectious Diseases; Nephrology; Oncology and Hematology; Pulmonary, Critical Care, Sleep and Allergy Medicine; and Rheumatology and Immunology. Each division has individual representation on the department's Internal Medicine Research Council.

The Department of Internal Medicine sponsors a Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP). For more information about the program or to apply online, go to the SURP website or contact Selaba Travis at 402-559-4875 or by email. 

Northern Plains Tribal Epidemiology Center (NPTEC) managed by the Aberdeen Area Tribal Chairman's Health Board (AATCHB). If you are interested in conducting research in tribal communities through NPTEC and AATCHB, visit their website.

If you would like more information about participating in the ongoing partnering efforts between UNMC, AATCHB, and NPTEC, you can contact Corey Smith, PhD, MA, Epidemiologist/Health Informatics Specialist, or Brenda McGlynn, Academic Programs Coordinator, Northern Plains Tribal Epidemiology Center by phone at 605-721-1922.

Contact information:
Internal Medicine Vice Chair for Research: Debra J. Romberger, M.D.
For more information about research in the Department of Internal Medicine, including summer research, contact program associate Selaba Travis, Research Support Office at (402) 559-4875 or by email.

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