Center for Research
The Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine (LUCOM) Center for Research exists to support excellence in research and scholarship in the biomedical sciences, clinical medicine, and medical education, all toward advancing medical knowledge, improving patient care, enhancing medical student training, and celebrating the works of God’s hands. (Psalm 111:2)
The 8,500-square-foot Center for Research features five state-of-the-art molecular and cellular labs, a large central lab, and an animal facility.
Five Year Goals (2018-2023)
LUCOM aims to enhance the research and scholarly activity of its faculty and students through the following primary goals:
- Increase research and scholarly engagement of LUCOM faculty and students through
- Enhanced mechanisms for seeking and securing intramural funding
- Increased applications and awards for extramurally funded research
- Increased opportunities for LUCOM students to engage in mentored scholarly or research activity throughout the 4-year curriculum
- Growth in various facets of research and scholarly engagement in clinical and medical education arenas in addition to the biomedical sciences
- Increase research and scholarship productivity and impact with the dissemination of biomedical, clinical, and medical education knowledge
- Initiate and grow an Annual LUCOM Research Day
- Increase the number of submitted and published or presented works of research and scholarship
LUCOM will host its annual Research Day on Friday, Jan. 13, 2023. Visit Research Day to learn how you can participate.
Faculty, staff, and students have the opportunity to submit their work for publication through LUCOM’s “Liberty Medicine Research Channel” on Cureus. All manuscripts undergo peer-review and are indexed through PubMed and Google Scholar if accepted for publication.
The Pre-Clinical Research Elective (LUCOM 6502) provides Liberty osteopathic medical students with hands-on experience in biomedical research and other scholarly activities.
LUCOM student-doctors engage in a mentored research project in which they participate in hypothesis development, design and perform experiments, collect and interpret data, draw conclusions, and present their findings to peers and colleagues. Student-doctors gain experience in properly using biostatistics, reading and critiquing primary research literature, scientific writing, and maintaining a safe laboratory environment.
In addition, student-doctors gain an understanding of key elements of the research enterprise, including manuscript preparation, grant development, and the regulations that govern the inclusion of animal models and human subjects in research projects. Throughout the elective, scientific integrity and the responsible conduct of research are emphasized.
Faculty Extramural Research Grant
All communications with funding sources outside of the university must be submitted through the Liberty University Office of Sponsored Programs. An overview of the grant writing process and instruction on how to apply can be found here.
Faculty Intramural Research Grant
LUCOM faculty seeking funds to cover costs associated with research and/or scholarly activity can apply for a “Faculty Research Project Award” online through the Liberty University Center for Research and Scholarship. Requests for more than $7,500 must be completed (including all hierarchal approvals) before November 1 of each year.
Faculty having received prior intramural funding are required to submit a progress report summarizing the results from the prior grant before new award funds will be released.
Faculty Presentation and Publication Grant
LUCOM faculty seeking funds to cover costs associated with presenting research or scholarly activity, or publishing a peer-reviewed manuscript, can apply for a “Faculty Scholarship Award” online through the Liberty University Center for Research and Scholarship.
Faculty should review the Liberty University Travel Policy prior to submitting an application to ensure an appropriate budget is prepared.
Please note that any employee driving a University-owned, rented, or personal vehicle for the purposes of University business must be approved by Liberty University Transportation. This process determines the insurability of the employee. Please refer to the approved driver process.
Student Conference Presentation Grant
LUCOM student-doctors seeking funds to cover costs associated with presenting original research or scholarly activity at a national/international conference can apply for a “Student Research Presentation Award” online through the Liberty University Center for Research and Scholarship.
LUCOM sets a maximum budget for each submitted abstract and the application requires applicants to provide budget codes. Budget amounts and appropriate budget codes can be provided by email from the LUCOM Center for Research at LUCOMResearch@liberty.edu.
Students should review the Liberty University Travel Policy prior to submitting an application to ensure an appropriate budget is prepared.
Please note that only Liberty University approved drivers are authorized to drive for any professional event. Please refer to the approved driver process.
The current programs for the Center for Research include:
- Central cardiovascular regulation led by John R. Martin, PhD
- Clinical Informatics led by Nicholas Rider, DO
- Fungal pathogenesis led by Michael S. Price, PhD
- Gastrointestinal physiology led by Anthony J.M. Bauer, PhD
- Human proviral gene expression led by Yingguang Liu, PhD
- Immunology, cancer immunotherapy, and mast cell biology led by Christopher L. Kepley, PhD, FAAAAI
- Renal pathophysiology led by Joseph C. Gigliotti, PhD
- Reproductive physiology led by R. James Swanson, PhD
- Vascular physiology led by Jeffrey Jasperse, PhD
- Liberty University Center for Research and Scholarship
- Liberty University Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee
- Liberty University Institutional Biosafety Committee
- Liberty University Institutional Review Board
- Liberty University Office of Sponsored Programs
- Liberty University Research Ethics Office