School of Medicine
Office of Clinical Research
The School of Medicine Office of Clinical Research was established in the year 2000
as part of the Office of the Regional Dean under the leadership of the Associate Dean
The mission of the Office of Clinical Research is to facilitate and oversee research
activity of the School of Medicine faculty and residents.
In addition, it is the role of the Associate Dean of Research to help develop collaborative
- Among faculty within the Departments of the School of Medicine on the Texas Tech HSC
Permian Basin campus as well as the other three TTUHSC campus in Lubbock, Amarillo,
and El Paso
- Between the various Schools within the University
- Other academic and industrial institutions.
The Associate Dean of Research also serves as Director of Clinical Research which
provides research-related support services for industrial-sponsored or investigator-initiated
clinical trials and clinical research including:
- technical support by four full-time research coordinators and an administrative assistant
- assistance in writing of intramural and extramural grants, manuscript preparation,
and preparation and submission of Institutional Review Board (IRB) protocols
- data analysis support
- help with human subject research training
- management of the Internal Medicine Research Information System (iRIS), an online
program for submission and processing of IRB research protocols.
- The Associate Dean of Research will establish and direct a Center for Diabetes and
Laura W. Bush Institute for Women's Health
The Laura W. Bush Institute will be a joint effort of Texas Tech University Health
Sciences Center, Medical Center Hospital of Odessa and Midland Memorial Hospital.
The Institute is intended to become an inclusive organization by seeking support and
collaboration with other institutions and organizations within the Permian Basin that
are interested in women’s health issues. The major goals of the Laura W. Bush Institute
include the advancement of our knowledge of women’s health and facilitation of collaborative
development of research in a wide range of problems that affect women’s health and
will be the focal point for research of the School of Medicine at the Permian Basin.
Currently, the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at the Permian Basin houses
faculty members who are nationally known for their passion for women’s health issues.
They are encouraged to develop working teams of faculty to expand their research efforts.
Faculty members with research expertise, who are not dealing with women’s health issues,
will be encouraged to adapt their work so that it might receive support through the
Laura W. Bush Institute.
Furthermore, the Laura W. Bush Institute is intended to develop research programs
to bridge medical school departments, schools within TTUHSC and other regional institutions
of higher learning. The Laura W. Bush Institute will play a major role in faculty
development and provide an opportunity for faculty scholarship. It strives to merge
the world of clinical medicine with basic and applied research.
Another important goal of the Institute will be to provide educational leadership
for women’s health issues within the Permian Basin and surrounding region. This will
involve development of collaborative efforts with other institutions and organizations
to provide educational programs that address important aspects of women’s health through
public forums, media outlets, printed materials, and other means. The Institute will
also offer opportunities for area high school and college students to participate
in summer research programs and educational projects.
The combination of focused research in women’s health and a concerted effort to educate
our area population about women’s health needs will have an amplifying effect on health
care throughout West Texas. A successful women’s health research institute is intended
to be locally, regionally and nationally recognized as credible research institute
and a model for a community effort in promotion of women’s health.
The initial program support funding for the Laura W. Bush Institute will be provided
by $150,000 contribution from TTUHSC and a matching $150,000 contributions from Medical
Center Hospital and the Midland Memorial Hospital. A legislative agenda request will
be made for funding to build administrative and research facilities for the Institute
consistent with the expanding role of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
at the Permian Basin.
Seed Grant Information
WHRI-Request for Proposals and Instructions
Application for Grant
Routing Sheet Instructions
For more information, please contact Dr. C.W. Spellman, PhD, D.O., Associate Dean
of Research, Professor and Director of the Center for Diabetes and Metabolic Disorders