Old Dominion University is rapidly developing into a major research university, with research funding growing from roughly $11 million in 1991 to $88 million in 2013. An example of ODU's success in the application of technology to health-related issues, the Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center (VMASC) is developing a national center in Medical Modeling and Simulation and, as well, is involved in research to quantify prostate surgery success, among other projects.
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Community and Environmental Health faculty have had extensive federal funding to conduct research in community based partic research approach to reduce reproductive health and respiratory diseases practice.
Our Dental Hygiene program boasts the first and only Dental Hygiene Research Center in the country and faculty have recently published at least 5 major dental hygiene textbooks. The Research Center has been particularly successful in the development of collaborative clinical studies evaluating the effectiveness of different dental technologies. A major technological development was the design of the ODU 11/12 Explorer dental instrument, a popular dental probe representing a highly successful collaboration between Dental Hygiene faculty and industry.
Medical Laboratory and Diagnostics & Translational Sciences faculty have extensive laboratory research capabilities and have been involved in a variety of research studies including: 1) Ergogenic effects of supplements on athletic performance in collaboration with faculty from Exercise Science, 2) Use of a glucosensor watch in exercising type two diabetics, 3) Ergonomic studies of cytotechnologists, 4) Asbestos and related disease in lung tissue, and 5) Endocervical adenocarcinoma in situ in the female genital system.
In the 21st century, rigorous scholarship is necessary to move the profession of nursing forward and to contribute to positive health and health systems outcomes for our nation's populous. Nursing often has significant competing priorities for teaching, service, and scholarship that are directly tied to professional practice standards (AACN, 2013). In light of these competing priorities, the Boyer Model sets forth a frame for scholarship that supports a broad yet rigorous approach to scholarship. Boyer asserts that scholarship can encompass any of the four areas that constitute academic work. These include:
a) Scholarship of Discovery- generation/discovery of new and unique knowledge, encompasses empirical research
b) Scholarship of Integration- new relationships among disciplines are discovered interpreting research into a larger, more comprehensive understanding, answering "what do the findings mean"
c) Scholarship of Application/ Practice- how knowledge can be responsibly applied to society's problems, applying knowledge to practice
d) Scholarship of Teaching- where the teacher creatively builds bridges/programs to enhance students' learning; transmitting, transforming and extending knowledge.
These four focus areas of scholarship are vital in academic nursing, where each specific area supports a profession committed to advancing science and social relevance. This focus is based on the work of Boyer, the history of nursing scholarship, beliefs and values of academic leaders on inter-professional collaboration, research, faculty practice, and education. The faculty of the Old Dominion University School of Nursing (SON) embraces all four areas of academic work.
Our Physical Therapy faculty have been involved with a number of studies of sports injuries and collaborate extensively with other ODU faculty. In particular, Physical Therapy has a well-developed Motion Analysis Laboratory for the study of human motion and forces under normal and pathological conditions and our faculty collaborate on teaching and research projects with faculty in Exercise Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering. The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program also collaborates extensively with Eastern Virginia Medical School in exploring the use of 'standardized patients' for improving patient care. Faculty are also involved in several unique studies including: 1) an analysis of factors influencing the receipt of physical therapy services among stroke patients, and 2) factors contributing to choice of physical therapy as a specialty by minority individuals.
Our vision is to be a nationally ranked and internationally recognized leader in advancing healthcare by educating competent health professionals, generating practically significant scientific knowledge and innovative technologies, fostering scholarly collaborations, and promoting positive public health policies.
Strategic Goal: Expanding Research
- Greatly increase external funding and PubMed cited research
- Establish internationally influential research centers
- Become a substantial contributor of NIH funding at the University
- Establish a WHO Collaborating Center