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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, Ph.D., L.D., R.D., 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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The 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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Office Resources

The Office of Research and Grants is available to provide a full range of services and resources to Heritage College faculty, staff and students.





  • Hybrid approach taken for 2022 OOS research competition

    Five students were recognized for their scholarly work during an in-person podium presentation at the 2022 Ohio Osteopathic Symposium on April 30.
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  • Four Heritage College faculty recognized as top Ohio University newsmakers

    Four faculty members from the Heritage College were among the top 10 newsmakers at Ohio University in 2020. 
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  • OHIO researchers win grant to study treatment for possible fatal complications of COVID-19

    Faculty researchers from Ohio University’s Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine and Russ College of Engineering and Technology have received a grant to investigate possible treatments for mitigating COVID-19. Kelly McCall and Douglas Goetz will measure how effective a number of different chemical compounds are at preventing “cytokine storms.”
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  • Research spotlight: Sarah E. Rubin, PhD, and Joselyn Hines, OMS III

    A team of researchers, including Associate Professor of Instruction Sarah Rubin, Ph.D., and Joselyn Hines, OMS III, followed 17 pregnant mothers throughout their pregnancy to learn more about Black motherhood and structural racism.
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  • Research spotlight: Belainesh Nigeda, OMS III

    Belainesh Nigeda, OMS III, whose research focuses on how doulas help Black women have healthier birth outcomes, shares why research is rewarding.
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  • Research spotlight: Ellie McNutt, Ph.D.

    In this research spotlight, Ellie McNutt, Ph.D., an assistant professor of instruction in medical anatomy shares her most unique research experience.  
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