Students interested in Clinical/Rare Disease research typically work with a mentor in the Clinical Research Center (CRC) on projects that explore relationships or association between the cause of disease and current medical practice with the goal to enhance a better understanding of a disease or disorder. In addition to the independent project, students may have the opportunity to be involved with other projects that have an emphasis rare disease or rare disease registries, cardiology, infectious disease, neurology, or pediatrics. 

CRC SRIP Projects 2022

CRC researchers are conducting three projects: 

1) Analyzing a prospectively maintained database for patients undergoing cytoreductive surgery (CRS) and heated intra-peritoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) for peritoneal carcinomatosis (PC). 

2) Analyzing a prospectively maintained database for patients undergoing pancreatic surgery (PS) at a rural tertiary health care center. 

High acuity procedures involving multi-visceral resection, utilizing latest technology platforms are being performed at a Rural Tertiary Health Care center. These two projects will investigate the feasibility, safety, and efficacy of these procedures and the generalizable applicability of the findings. The first project asks the research question: Is Robotic Cytoreductive surgery and Heated Intra Peritoneal Chemotherapy feasible, safe and efficacious in rural Health Care? The second project asks this research question: Is Pancreatic Surgery outcomes improving despite increasing risk patients being offered surgical resection? Students need to have familiarity with data population, abstraction, collation, and analysis. Undergraduate and graduate students who are engaged in the following areas are strongly encouraged to apply for these projects: biology. Students will be performing literature reviews, collecting data, attending seminars, and writing manuscripts. 

3) Investigating sleep architecture of patients with Bardet-Biedl Syndrome (BBS).

The project will characterize several sleep features in children and adults with BBS. Prior work done by our group has shown that adults and children with BBS habitually experience poor sleep, including short duration and low sleep efficiency. CRIBBS includes medical records from visits to inpatient sleep laboratories, but this data has not been analyzed to gain a more detailed understanding of sleep architecture in people with BBS. The primary goal of this research is to characterize sleep architecture in children and adults with BBS. Key sleep features characterized will include sleep efficiency, time in sleep stages, blood oxygen saturation, and prevalence of sleep disordered breathing. Students need to have taken an introductory statistics course. Undergraduate (senior standing) and graduate students who are engaged in the following areas are strongly encouraged to apply for this project: nutrition, epidemiology, genetics, pre-med, biology, and/or physiology. Students will be performing literature reviews, collecting data, analyzing data sets, and attending seminars. 

Applications for summer 2022 are closed.