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 of Research.
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 research relationships:
- 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 Metabolic Disorders.
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 at Craig.Spellman@ttuhsc.edu