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Research at WesternU

Future Research at WesternU

Western University of Health Sciences has recently embarked on a program to enhance its standing as a graduate university with a new commitment to establish a greater research presence as an institution. Uniquely, as the only graduate university in the country with a faculty and curriculum focused exclusively on post-graduate training in the health sciences, the addition and commitment to a more prominent role the in health-related research is a significant goal, and one codified enthusiastically by Western University’s Board of Trustees at their recent meeting.  Vice President for Research and Biotechnology, Dr. Steven Henriksen, is currently leading this effort. Dr. Henriksen has spent his entire career in basic and clinical research, first at the N.I.H. as a Staff Fellow, then at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, and most recently at The Scripps Research Institute. Dr Henriksen has been tabbed with the responsibility of enhancing the research presence of Western University by developing a unique ten-year research Strategic Plan for the University. Part of this plan includes the founding of a Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences and the concerted recruitment of new faculty with active research programs from both domestic and international sources. The goal of the research program is to position Western University as an agile, flexible partner with both collaborative institutions and industry, to attack the most pressing health-related issues facing mankind, including brain-related disorders, infectious disease threats, cancer and complex metabolic diseases. To accomplish this task the focus will be to develop programs that are teamed with scientists who are passionate about integrative biology, with hierarchical impacts from the bench to the bedside. With the existing Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, Pharmacy, Veterinary Medicine, and Allied Health Sciences (and soon Dentistry, Podiatry, Optometry and Public Health),Western University is in a unique position to fully integrate health-related research with health-related delivery for the next Century.


Conducting Research at WesternU

Contact Information: Matthew Katz, Vice President of Sponsored Programs and Contract Management (909) 469-5567 mkatz@westernu.edu Nancy Riker, Director, Post Award/Grant Accounting (909) 469-5458 nriker@westernu.edu

Contact Information: Leigh Wiemann, Executive Director of Philanthropy (909) 469-5456 lwiemann@westernu.edu Sherry Slade, Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations (909) 469-5525 sslade@westernu.edu


Intellectual Property/Copyright Policy

Copyright is a protection that covers published and unpublished literary, scientific, and artistic works, whatever the form of expression, provided such works are fixed in a tangible or material form. Western University respects the intellectual property of others and complies with all federal, state, and local statutes governing its copyright and privacy policy.


Guidelines for Using Research Subjects

To obtain the approrpriate IRB forms, contact the IRB Office at irbadmin@westernu.edu or (909) 469-5636.


Safety Guidelines in Conducting Research

Contact Information: Dr. Donald E. Walters, Chair of the Radiation Safety Committee (RSC) (909) 469-5592 dewalters@westernu.edu

Contact Information: Dr. Jeffrey Felton, Chair of the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) (909) 469-5226 jfelton@westernu.edu


Ordering Research Supplies

Persons who have been awarded an extramural research grant will get an account number and approval of purchases from the Dept. of Sponsored Research. The Dept. of Research and Biotechnology awards intramural research grants and approves those purchases. If an intramural grant has been awarded separately by your college then the Dean of that college would approve research purchases. The orders can be completed by the person responsible for purchasing for that college.


Finding External Grant/Funding Sources

Feel free to explore at the following website links for funding sources for your proposed research or educational projects.

  • Community of Science Community of Science (COS) is the leading global resource for hard-to-find information critical to science research and other projects across all disciplines. COS provides searching the world’s most comprehensive funding resource, with more than 22,000 records representing nearly 400,000 opportunities, worth over $33 billion. It also provides searching among 500,000 profiles of researchers from 1,600 institutions throughout the world. Discover who’s doing what — current research activity, funding received, publications, patents, new positions and more.
  • Foundation Center The Center is the nation’s leading authority on philanthropy and is dedicated to serving grantseekers, , researchers, policymakers, the media, and the general public. The center collects and organizes information on philanthropy, and provides education and training on the grantseeking process. It also ensures public access to information and service through our website, print, and electronic publications, five library/learning centers.
  • Grants.gov Grants.gov allows organizations to electronically find and apply for Federal grants. It is a central storehouse for information on over 1,000 grant programs and access to approximately $400 billion in annual awards.