Academics


Research

The challenges that lie before us in the areas of prevention, detection, and treatment of disease are daunting. And the only way we have to fight back is with more research. At ACPHS, we have embraced this challenge, empowering faculty and students to translate discoveries in the lab into new knowledge - knowledge that may one day change the course of human health.

Overview
Research is a core component of the academic life at ACPHS. Faculty and students at the College are involved in a wide range of research projects, with special concentrations in infectious disease, oncology, hematology, and nephrology.

In addition to laboratory-based research, faculty members are also exploring different health care related issues such as patient-provider communications, medication adherence, and the evaluation of outcomes data.

The annual ACPHS Research Forum serves as both a showcase for this work and a vehicle for facilitating inter-disciplinary collaborations. A look at last year's Forum agenda offers a useful guide to understanding the variety of research now taking place at the College.
Pharmaceutical Research Institute
The Pharmaceutical Research Institute (PRI) at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is a center for drug discovery and development, with an expertise in the development of nano-pharmaceutical agents.

PRI is led by Vice Provost for Research Shaker A. Mousa, Ph.D., M.B.A., FACC, FACB, a former Senior Scientist and Fellow at DuPont Pharmaceutical Company. Dr. Mousa holds over 250 U.S. and international patents, and his work has been reported in more than 800 peer reviewed publications.

As part of its mission, PRI is also engaged in teaching and learning. Pharmacy students, graduate students, and visiting scholars from around the world visit the Institute to conduct research and learn the latest advances across a range of therapeutic areas.
Research Opportunities for Students
One of the benefits of attending ACPHS is that all of our academic programs are centered around human health. So if you are a student interested in a specific field of health research, there's a good chance that a faculty member here is studying that subject.

The College also offers specific programs and activities designed to encourage student research. Examples include our longstanding Student Summer Research Awards program and the Student Research Symposium, an annual showcase for student research projects.

Another advantage available to you as an ACPHS student is the ability to leverage the College’s relationships with the pharmaceutical industry to pursue a research-based rotation or internship. Pharmaceutical companies where ACPHS has placed students include AstraZeneca, Boehringer Ingelheim, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Johnson & Johnson, Novartis, Pfizer, and Sanofi Genzyme.

There are also several student-led clubs and organizations that host guest speakers or lead group activities for those interested in gaining additional exposure to research.
Facilities and Equipment
Between our Albany Campus, Vermont Campus, and Pharmaceutical Research Institute, the College has approximately 21,000 square feet of bench research space.

In each of these locations, ACPHS investigators benefit from the College's proximity to other research-based institutions where existing relationships allow access to additional equipment, laboratory space, and of course, potential collaborators.

A list of institutions where such arrangements exist include the UAlbany Cancer Center, Albany Stratton Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Center, Albany Medical College, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, University of Vermont, and the Wadsworth Center (New York State's Public Health Laboratory).
Intramural Grant Programs
ACPHS works to facilitate research activity and assist young investigators in a variety of ways. Two of those include:

SCHOLARSHIP OF DISCOVERY INTRAMURAL RESEARCH GRANT PROGRAM - This intramural grant program helps support scholarly activity that increases the body of knowledge within an investigator’s discipline. This includes, but is not limited to scientific, clinical, historical, cultural, and literary pursuits. The goal of the Program is to promote research leading to competitive extramural grant applications, peer-reviewed presentations, and peer-reviewed publications.

THE RUDOLPH & DOROTHY BLYTHE RESEARCH AWARD - The objective of this intramural grant program is to provide support for promising scientists in their early academic career who have a full-time faculty appointment at ACPHS in the area of pharmaceutical or biomedical sciences to complete or develop preliminary data for submission of extramural application for major funding.
Research Compliance
The Research Compliance Office provides access to a variety of resources and training programs to ensure all individuals engaged in research at the College adhere to the highest standards for responsible and ethical conduct. Click the link below to view our policies and guidelines in the following areas:

- Research Compliance, Integrity, and Reporting of Concerns
- Responsible Conduct of Research
- Human Subjects
- Animal Care and Use
- CITI Training
- Conflicts of Interest
Office of Research and Scholarly Activity
The Office of Research and Scholarly Activity (ORSA) supports faculty members throughout the lifecycle of sponsored funds by helping ensure each faculty member has the resources and information they need to be successful. ORSA is comprised of:

- Office of Grants Administration
- Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)
- Institutional Review Board (IRB)
- Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC)
- Institutional Laboratory Safety Committee (ILSC)
- Research Committee