Areas of Research

Areas of Research

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Resources & Facilities

Resources & Facilities

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Our commitment

Our commitment to research at the VCU School of Medicine is evident through our growing faculty size and graduate school enrollment, as well as the construction of new buildings to create more research space and expand critical core facilities.

In recent years, the school has seen a nearly 40 percent increase in the number of grants submitted to the National Institutes of Health and an increase in awarded NIH grant dollars during a time when many research institutions are seeing a decrease in funding.

The VCU School of Medicine now accounts for almost half of VCU’s sponsored research awards and for 87 percent of the university’s NIH funding.

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Areas of Basic Laboratory Research

Below are several areas of Basic Laboratory Research that VCU School of Medicine supports.

Addiction and Abuse of Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco
Allergy and Immunology
Cancer Biology
Cell and Molecular Signaling
Gastrointestinal Physiology and Hepatology
Molecular Biology and Genetics
Neuroscience
Pathogenic Microbiology and Vaccinology
Reproductive Biology

Areas of Clinical and Translational Research

Below are the areas of clinical and translational research supported by VCU School of Medicine

Center for Clinical and Translational Research (CCTR)
Institute for Women's Health

Resources

VCU School of Medicine uses the following resources to conduct research

Center for Clinical and Translational Research

Center for Clinical and Translational Research

SOM Clinical Research Administration

SOM Clinical Research Administration

Office of Assessment and Evaluation Studies

Office of Assessment and Evaluation Studies

NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH)

NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH)

National Women’s Health Information Center

National Women’s Health Information Center

VCU Institute for Women’s Health

VCU Institute for Women’s Health

VCU Office of Research

VCU Office of Research

VCU Across the Spectrum

VCU Across the Spectrum

Core Resources

Information about our core laboratories

For information about our core laboratories, please see the VCU Office of Research website.

Additional resources for clinical research are available within the SOM Clinical Research Administration group as well as the Center for Clinical and Translational Research website.

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Facilities

Bricks and Mortar: The most recent additions to research space include the Goodwin Research Building, opened in 2005 to support research in the Massey Cancer Center, the Molecular Medicine Research Building (opened in 2009), the Pauley Heart Center (on the seventh floor of Sanger Hall, completed in fall 2012), the Massey Cancer Center vivarium (completed in fall 2012) and the expansion of space for our Structural Biology Core in the basement of the James W. and Frances G. McGlothlin Medical Education Center (completed in fall 2013). All new labs are organized in an open lab format to encourage research collaboration. The receipt of an NIH Clinical and Translational Science Award in 2010 led to the creation of the Center for Clinical and Translational Research (CCTR), located in the old Richmond Academy of Medicine Building. The increased space for basic science research and creation of the CCTR has enabled us to move more easily toward the translation of basic science discoveries into new and novel treatments for patients.

Sanger Hall

Sanger Hall aerial viewSanger Hall (486,495 GSF)

  • B3: Anesthesiology, Internal Medicine, Radiology, Neurosurgery, Emergency Medicine
  • B2: Animal Resources
  • B1: Physiology, Anesthesiology, Internal Medicine, Radiation Oncology
  • First Floor: Internal Medicine, SOM Research Administration, SOM Graduate and M.D.-Ph.D. programs
  • Second Floor: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Third Floor: Physiology and Biophysics
  • Fourth Floor: Radiology, Pathology
  • Fifth Floor: Microbiology, Physiology, Pathology
  • Sixth Floor: Neurology, Microbiology
  • Seventh Floor: Internal Medicine-Endocrine, Pauley Heart Center, Microbiology
  • Eighth Floor: Ophthalmology, Neurology, Surgery, Internal Medicine- Nephrology, Pediatrics, Radiology
  • Ninth Floor: Anatomy and Neurobiology, Microscopy Core Facility, Surgery
  • 10th Floor: anatomy dissection suite for students
  • 11th Floor: Anatomy and Neurobiology, Human and Molecular Genetics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics
  • 12th Floor: Pediatrics, Neurology, Anatomy and Neurobiology

Kontos Medical Science Building

Kontos Medical Science Building (128,491 GSF) Kontos Medical Science Building exterior view

  • Second Floor: Neurology, BSL3 Microbiology, Pediatrics

  • Third Floor: Pharmacology and Toxicology

  • Fourth Floor: Immunology, Anatomy and Neurobiology, Pharmacology and Toxicology

  • Fifth Floor: Microbiology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

  • Sixth Floor: Neurology (Pharmacology and Toxicology), Pediatrics

  • Seventh Floor: Anatomy and Neurobiology, Neurosurgery

  • Eighth Floor: Animal Care

Molecular Medicine Research Building

Molecular Medicine Research Building street viewMolecular Medicine Research Building (125,000 GSF)

  • Second Floor: Physiology and Biophysics, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

  • Third Floor: Pharmacology and Toxicology

  • Fourth Floor: Human and Molecular Genetics, Microbiology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

  • Fifth Floor: Physiology and Biophysics, Internal Medicine

  • Sixth Floor: Internal Medicine

  • Seventh Floor: Human and Molecular Genetics (Institute for Molecular Medicine)

  • Eighth Floor: Animal Care (transgenic animals)

McGuire Hall and Annex

McGuire Hall and Annex street viewMcGuire Hall and Annex (39,580 GSF)

  • First Floor: Internal Medicine, Microbiology

  • Third Floor: Pharmacology and Toxicology

  • Fourth Floor: Internal Medicine, Pediatrics

Smith Building

Smith Building exterior viewSmith Building (10,731 ASF)

  • B: Animal Care

  • Seventh Floor: Pharmacology and Toxicology

Goodwin Research Laboratory

Goodwin Research Laboratory exterior viewGoodwin Research Laboratory (71,000 GSF)

  • Floors 1 to 3 are all occupied by researchers in the Massey Cancer Center from the following departments: Human and Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Pharmacology and Toxicology, Internal Medicine, Radiation Oncology, Microbiology and Immunology and Surgery.

BioTech I and Center

BioTech I and Center street viewBioTech I and Center (17,856 ASF)

  • First Floor: Human and Molecular Genetics, Biostatistics and Psychiatry (The Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics; the Mid-Atlantic Twin Registry)

  • Second Floor: Surgery

One Capital Square

One Capitol Square street viewOne Capitol Square (72,000 GSF)

  • Floors 4 through 9 house Epidemiology and Community Health, Social and Behavioral Health, Healthcare Policy and Research and Biostatistics

Center for Addiction Research

Center for Addiction Research

  • 203 East Cary St.

  • To open July 1, 2013

  • Psychiatry, Radiology

Contact Us

Michael Donnenberg, M.D.

Michael Donnenberg, M.D.

Sr. Assoc. Dean for Research & Research Training

Michael Donnenberg, M.D.

Michael Donnenberg, M.D.

Sr. Assoc. Dean for Research & Research Training

Office of Research & Research Training

Phone: (804) 828-0673

Fax: (804) 827-1469

Email: michael.donnenberg@vcuhealth.org

Address/Location:
1101 E Marshall St, Sanger Hall, Room 1-055

Sandra V. Sorrell

Sandra V. Sorrell

Administrative Assistant to the Associate Dean

Sandra V. Sorrell

Sandra V. Sorrell

Administrative Assistant to the Associate Dean

Office of the Senior Associate Dean for Research

Phone: (804) 828-0673

Fax: (804) 828-5022

Email: sandra.sorrell@vcuhealth.org

Address/Location:
Physical: 1101 E Marshall St, Sanger Hall, Room 1-055
Mailing: Box 980565 Richmond, VA 23298-0565

 Natalia O’Brien

Natalia O’Brien

Administrative and Program Specialist III

 Natalia O’Brien

Natalia O’Brien

Administrative and Program Specialist III

Office of the Senior Associate Dean for Research

Phone: (804) 828-0673

Fax: (804) 828-5022

Email: natalia.obrien@vcuhealth.org

Address/Location:
Physical: 1101 E Marshall St, Sanger Hall, Room 1-055
Mailing: Box 980565, Richmond, VA 23298-0565