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Office of Research and Grants

Who We Are

The Office of Research and Grants, under the direction of the associate dean for research and innovation, Darlene Berryman, PhD, LD, RD, provides the infrastructure, leadership, training, and resources to promote integrated scholarly activity, enhance research productivity, and increase external funding of research programs throughout the Heritage College.

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Mission Statement

The Office of Research and Grants supports, coordinates, and promotes the research and scholarly activities of Heritage College faculty, staff, institutes, and students by:

  • Promoting a culture of innovation, discovery and scholarship within the osteopathic profession.
  • Fostering collaborations with key partners internal and external to the Heritage College.
  • Strengthening our research infrastructure to provide enhanced support services.
  • Leading the college’s strategic research initiatives.
  • Developing, maintaining and communicating research best practices and policies.
  • Supporting efforts to bring visibility to the research accomplishments of our faculty, staff, institutes and students.

Research at the Heritage College

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The Heritage College houses a diverse, talented and productive array of faculty, staff, students and institutes that are engaged in scholarly works. This places the Heritage College in a very good position to be a leader among osteopathic medical schools in research.

We also recognize the importance of fostering collaborative research with partners both within Ohio University and external to the university. To this end, the Heritage College continually works to facilitate the expansion of our research portfolio with partners such as OhioHealth to provide additional opportunities for our faculty and staff to engage in research.

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Heritage College Research Council

The Heritage College Research Council, organized in February 2022, was established to advise the Heritage College and OHIO leadership on research policies, practices and strategy to facilitate continued growth in the college’s research enterprise.

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Heritage College Research Strategic Plan

The Heritage College engaged ECG Management Consultants in July 2021 to conduct a comprehensive evaluation and develop strategic recommendations for the college research enterprise.  The study was completed in January 2022 and Phase II, which provided an implementable 5-year strategic research plan for the Heritage College was initiated in May 2022.

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Office of Research and Grants Resources

The Office of Research and Grants is available to provide a full range of research-related services and resources to Heritage College faculty, staff, students, and residents within programs academically sponsored by the Heritage College.

Faculty and Staff Resources

Medical Student Resources

Resident Resources

Latest Research News

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  • Ohio Osteopathic Symposium showcases medical student research

    The effectiveness of augmented reality to help patients with Parkinson's disease walk normally, an examination of hospitals’ support of addiction treatment services and the use of growth hormone to heal wounds were the three research studies shared by Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine dual degree students at the 2024 Ohio Osteopathic Symposium. 
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  • Faculty Spotlight: Shaohua Wang, Ph.D.

    Dr. Shaohua Wang, assistant professor of medical microbiology, is a relative newcomer to the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, joining the college seven months ago. We took some time to sit down with her and discuss her research, her time at the Heritage College and what initially drew her to microbial studies.
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  • Research spotlight: Allyson Hughes, Ph.D.

    Allyson Hughes, Ph.D., whose research focuses on health policy related to the intersection of diabetes and disabilities, was part of a recent cluster hire. In this research spotlight, learn why she finds research rewarding.
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