Most, if not all, University of Iowa Health Care employees understand each aspect of the organization’s three-part mission of patient care, research, and education.
But it’s important to emphasize that these are not siloed activities, noted UI Vice President for Medical Affairs Brooks Jackson, MD, MBA, who led the Sept. 30 VPMA Focus Forum in the Stead Family Children’s Hospital Conference Center auditorium.
“It’s really important that we integrate these three aspects of our mission … better science means better medicine,” Jackson said.
During the forum, Jackson took the opportunity to highlight the work of a number of faculty and staff who do a great job of leading or collaborating in ways that integrate research and/or teaching into clinical care.
Jackson also outlined plans for $50 million in strategic investments in the UI Health Care research enterprise over the next five years in the following areas:
- Biology of Aging
- Investments in seed grants, research scholars program, bioinformatics, clinical trials support, and core lab support
He also noted an additional $2.5 million to be allocated in fiscal year 2020—this current fiscal year—in seven key areas:
- Scholarships for medical students
- Small research grants for high-risk projects
- Small core facility equipment
- Global health seed grants and education support for research hubs in Uganda and China
- Research support to obtain data for resubmission of non-externally funded projects
- IP/translational innovation funds
- Graduate student recruitment bonuses
Jackson, along with other UI Health Care leaders, also answered submitted questions about the organization’s financial outlook, capital projects, and department chair searches.