Scientific Investigation: Clinical Research Scholarship Track

Clinical Research Scholarship Track Overview

The Clinical Research Scholarship Track is a component of the Scientific Investigation Track of the Scholarship & Discovery program. Clinical Research Track students work closely with their chosen mentors to frame clinically relevant questions, develop strategies for answering the questions, analyze their findings, and present their results. 

The range of potential topics spans all areas of clinical medicine. One area of focus is the trials of therapeutics, such as a clinical trial evaluating a new drug or device in the direct care of patients. Projects can either be continuing work in a mentor’s lab or a new project developed in close coordination with the mentor.  In either case, the student can and should take the lead on the project from data collection to presentation. 


Meet the Track Leaders

David Glick, MD, MBA

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Dr. Glick is Associate Professor of Anesthesia & Critical Care, Medical Director of the Post-Anethesia Care Unit, and Medical Director of the Preoperative Care Area. His academic interests include training in the Postanethesia Care Unit and economic optimization of the operating room and anesthesia services. Dr. Glick's clinical interests are in emergency airway management, management of the difficult airway and awake fiberoptic intubation, and facilitation of emergence from anethesia in non-English-speaking patients.

V. Leo Towle, PhD

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Dr. Towle is Professor of Neurology, Surgery and Pediatrics, Technical Director of the Intraoperative Monitoring Service, and Director of the Clinical Evoked Potential Laboratory. His research interests include mapping human cortical function, merging functional and structural information, and epileptic seizures.


Clinical Research Student Ambassadors

Austin Blum

Cortical thickness in skin picking disorder

Mentored by Dr. Jon Grant, JD, MD, MPH Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience

Ayushi Chandramani

Investigations into the Neural Substrates of Language

Mentored by Dr. V. Leo Towle, PhD, Department of Neurology

Ellen Daily

Cost-Effectiveness of Fluroescence Cystoscopy in Diagnosis and Treatments of Non-Muscle Invasive Bladder Cancer

Mentored by Dr. Sangtae Park, MD, MPH, NorthShore Medical Group

Student Work

Austin Blum

Stealing behavior and impulsivity in individuals with kleptomania who have been arrested for shoplifting (publication)

Ayushi Chandramani

Investigation into the Neural Networks of Language

Assessing the Care of Survivors of Sexual Assault and Human Trafficking in the University of Chicago Emergency Department

Ellen Daily

Cost-effectiveness analysis of adjuvant versus salvage radiotherapy after radical prostatectomy for high-risk disease (abstract)