Being a leader in a particular area takes hard work, devotion and a constant willingness to always be improving. University of Cincinnati has achieved leadership status in Ohio, and regionally, for research universities. UC is utilizing its $405 million in research funding to make strides in multiple fields.
It is well-known globally that the first polio vaccine and antihistamine were both created via UC research. Albert Sabin, creator of the Polio vaccine, worked as a UC researcher and Benadryl, the first antihistamine, was developed by George Rieveschl, also a UC researcher and a graduate of the University.
In addition to the world-changing discoveries, daily research is constantly leading to exciting new developments which change everyday lives. More than 50 patents have been issued since 2008. The current leader of the research departments at UC is William Ball, vice president of research. Under his tenure, UC has been named a “very high” research facility by the Carnegie Commission and ranked as one of America’s top research facilities.
Student research programs are a big part of the research at UC. Programs for students include Graduate Research, K-12 Programs, Postdoctoral Research and Undergraduate Research. As a student researcher, the potential exists to become part of a future discovery, patent or intellectual property. Younger students who have an instinct to research and discover can get a head start by participating in the K-12 program.
The list of fields being studied at UC’s research sectors is lengthy. Some of the centers and institutes dedicated to one particular field of study include Nanoscale Technology, Obesity, Neuroscience, Product Design and Cancer.
UC was recently named number 2 among the field of Nanoscale research facilities by Small Times Magazine. Its product design research includes the colleges of design, architecture, engineering, business, medicine and art & planning. It is collaborative efforts like these, along with support from local companies such as P&G which have contributed to the success of UC Research.
Because of the continual discoveries happening daily at UC, a committee known as the Intellectual Property Committee has been charged with protecting the creation of ideas and physical objects at UC. Members of the committee review the findings of UC researches and advise when it is applicable for the university to begin the application process for a U.S. Patent and to whom the patent would belong. In addition, the committee monitors copyrights and strives to always protect the ideas stemming from UC research.
Part of what makes UC a leader among research universities is its staff of 11 Ohio Eminent Scholars. The Ohio General Assembly created the Ohio Eminent Scholar recognition and the Ohio Board of Regents is the administrator of the program. UC is proud of its 11 members. These professors work in the departments of Cancer and Cell Biology, Molecular Genetics, Chemistry, Operations and Business Analytics, Pediatrics, Keyboard Studies, along with the Schools of Electronic and Computing Systems and Dynamic Systems.
Another interesting aspect to the UC research program is the Laboratory Animal Medical Services, LAMS. This department is responsible for care of vertebrate animals used to meet the needs of researchers. LAMS assists the researchers in model development, animal usage and how to humanly treat the animals used in research. LAMS monitors the 86,000 square feet of animal housing space on the campus of UC. These spaces are made up of more than 160 housing rooms and 50 procedure rooms. Animals housed for research include rodents, rabbits, swine, ruminants, dogs, cats and aquatic life.
The areas of research at UC are impressive. Some of the areas of study are biological containment, cell manipulation, imaging research, monoclonal antibodies, radiochemistry, cell sorting and genome sequencing.
Of course, once the discovery is made and protected, getting the discovery into the world where it can be useful is the next logical step. Twice each year, UC releases its current research findings in a print publication. The PDF versions of these publications are available at www.uc.edu. In additon, an annual report is released which summarizes the research activity at UC each year as a whole.
Finally, business research is another highlight of the UC research program. The Office of Entrepreneurial Affairs and Technology Commercialization makes UC a top player in regional economic development initiatives and how to best educate the region’s workforce. The department promotes business ownership and a fundamental value of the university as a whole. It has been successful in creating an facilitating entrepreneurial opportunities for the university and its graduates.
The University of Cincinnati is always striving to make strides among the fields of research on which it focuses. Information about undergraduate, postgraduate and all of the other programs is available online. Corporations or individuals considering a contribution to the University of Cincinnati research college can also find information at www.uc.edu.