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Research Overview

Over the past decade, the Department of Emergency Medicine at The University of Kansas Hospital has rapidly grown its research program to include numerous sponsored clinical trials, investigator-initiated research, and has collaborated with multiple service lines to facilitate interdepartmental research. This research has led to hundreds of scholarly activities in the form of abstracts, posters, oral papers, and manuscripts.

We conduct observational, diagnostic, and therapeutic clinical and investigator initiated trials on many topics such as sepsis, biomarkers, hyperbaric oxygenation, trauma (including REMS scoring system), cellulitis, pneumonia, acute hypertension, chest pain, congestive heart failure, trans-ischemia attack, ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke, venous thromboembolism treatment and prevention, angioedema, acute kidney injury, urticaria, acute pain, wilderness medicine, ultrasound, medical education, risk stratification, non-invasive ventilation, and toxicology (including Ketamine, PCP, and other illicit drugs) to name a few.

The majority of Emergency Medicine Faculty is involved in their own investigator-initiated research often collaborating with EM residents and/or medical students. EM residents have a scholarly activity requirement to be completed prior to graduation. Many choose to fulfill this obligation by participating in their own research mentored by a faculty member. Funding is available to support resident research activities including fees for posters, registration, air fare, and hotel to present research at national meetings.

Departmental support is provided to a university statistician that all Emergency Medicine faculty and residents have access to for facilitating their investigator-initiated projects. In addition to the statistician, our department has a dedicated shared laboratory space to handle research associated bio-specimen collection and processing. Equipment provided by the lab included multiple centrifuges, a -70° freezer, -20° freezer, and other specimen processing supplies.

Our research team includes 2 full time research coordinators and 2 part-time research assistants. We also have multiple RN's, techs, and students who volunteer for our research committee and assist with day to day research related tasks such as patient screening, data collection, and specimen obtainment.


Chad M. Cannon, MD
Research Director & Vice-Chair

Stephen Thornton, MD
Associate Research Director

Last modified: Sep 28, 2018
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