School of Medicine

Wayne State University School of Medicine

Clinical Science Research

Clinical Research in Emergency Medicine

Note from Robert D. Welch, M.D., MS, Director of Clinical Research

Clinical research in Emergency Medicine is an integral part of the department’s mission. We believe strongly that scientific evidence is integral to initiating change that positively impacts the health and wellbeing of our patient population. That is why our Emergency Medicine Clinical Research Program has a history of actively addressing the needs of our patients by conceiving, designing, and conducting funded research projects in the areas of neurological emergencies, resuscitation, heart failure, hypertension, other cardiovascular disorders, sepsis and critical care and, palliative care. Additionally, our faculty is actively conducting medical education-based research. We have produced practice-changing publications in the leading medical journals, and have obtained extramural funding from the most competitive funding sources. In addition, our research faculty is committed in their roles of teaching and mentoring medical students and residents in order to advance the next generation of ethical scientists and science-consumers.

The Clinical Research Program Active Working Relationships and Educational Efforts

Our clinical researchers are among the faculty in the Wayne State University Cardiovascular Research Institute. This has led to a number of current and potential future translational projects.

Our clinical research group is in the early collaborative phase with the Emergency Medicine Cerebral Resuscitation Laboratory to develop novel therapies directed at reducing the effects of ischemia and reperfusion brain injury and traumatic brain injury.

The Division of Palliative Emergency Medicine is directed by Dr. Robert J. Zalenski and is conducting palliative care research particularly as related to emergency department care.

Education and mentoring of junior faculty researchers is an important aspect of our program. As such we have developed a monthly seminar that provides a broad experience in clinical research design and data analysis. This program includes presenters both internal and from outside departments.

Collaborative & Other Areas of Research

Our research efforts in the area of neurological and cardiovascular diseases have been augmented by common interests with our basic science colleagues. The clinical research work in neurological disorders overlaps with interests and work done in our department’s basic sciences lab (brain ischemia and reperfusion injury, stroke, and traumatic brain injury) and our faculty’s efforts in cardiovascular diseases has been augmented by collaboration with members of the departments of Physiology and Internal Medicine. Emergency Medicine clinical researchers also hold appointments in the Cardiovascular Research Institute at Wayne State University and this has resulted in a number of active and potential future collaborative projects.

Our clinical research faculty is committed in their roles of teaching and mentoring medical students and residents in order to advance the next generation of ethical scientists and science-consumers. Closely associated with this is our commitment to education research, particularly high-fidelity patient simulation.

For more information regarding the Clinical Research Program, please contact:

Robert D. Welch, M.D., MS
Director of Clinical Research
Department of Emergency Medicine
Detroit Receiving Hospital
Wayne State University School of Medicine

4201 St. Antoine, 6G/UHC
Detroit, MI 48201
Phone: (313) 993-2530
Fax: (313-993-7703