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Clinical Research

Excelling in Interdisciplinary Research

The Creighton research community is tight-knit and supportive, with many areas of collaboration and intersection.

The Creighton University Department of Clinical Research and Public Health is your resource for all your clinical research needs. The department supports all learner and faculty-initiated clinical research in the School of Medicine from start to finish. We will guide you through the writing and statistical process, complete the IRB submission, work step by step through the initiation process and provide study management and record keeping. Read below for more information on how we can help with your study.

Department of Clinical Research and Public Health

Our clinical research is often focused on disparities, so the Creighton's Clinical Research and Public Health departments have partnered to address public health needs and move ideas forward.

Research Support

The Department of Clinical Research and Public Health will guide you through the writing and statistical process, Institutional Review Board (IRB) submission, the grant initiation process, study management and record keeping.

At the Creighton University School of Medicine we endeavor to create a culture of inquiry, to improve health by asking relevant research questions and pursuing those answers. Research mentors are available in many fields of research in the School of Medicine.

How can a student find a research project or a mentor:

Help for New Clinical Researchers Navigating the Process

Clinical research requires an orderly, systematic approach to increase success. Specialists with different areas of expertise are needed to help you create a well-formulated research question, write your proposal and submit to the Institutional Review Board (IRB).

  • Attend your departmental RIG.
  • Meet with you department chair to help identify a research mentor for you.
  • Ask your chair to attend an investigator bootcamp run by the Department of Clinical Research and Public Health.
  • Attend grant writing workshops -information available from Office of Research at
  • Explore the resources on the Sharepoint site for the Department of Clinical Research and Public Health R&PH for your campus
  1. Identify a research question for your project.
  2. Discuss the project and its merits at a Research Interest Group or with a mentor.
  3. Determine whether data are available to answer your research question from a RIG, your mentor or though contacting and ask to talk with our statisticians.
  4. Download and complete the Research Study Proposal Form (please contact for the most current study proposal form).

Find a complete set of research steps, including training requirements and how to submit research.

Start Up

  • Protocol review and editing
  • Consent creation
  • IRB submissions
  • Study pathway formation
  • Study Proposal Form - Please contact for the most current study proposal form.

Financial Services

  • Budget
  • Cost tracking
  • Invoices
  • Payment reconciliation
  • Time/travel payment

Study Management

  • Informed consents
  • Record retention
  • Study coordinator
  • Study storage
  • Study visits

Grant Preparation & Assistance

  • Bio-sketches
  • Budget Statistics/analysis
  • Submission

Poster, Abstract and Manuscript Support

  • Poster printing assistance
  • Review and Editing
  • University-approved poster and presentation template

Learn more about Clinical Research Steps

Research Meetings

Medical students, as well as graduate learners and trainees, looking for research opportunities and mentors in the School of Medicine are invited to attend Research Interest Groups. Supported by the Department of Clinical Research, the program aims to improve the quality of research and provides opportunities for our learners to have access to research projects. Additionally, our faculty find mentees and research teams are formed.

Creighton also offers access to seminars, grand rounds, conferences and symposia that contribute to education and research in the School of Medicine.

SOM students meeting together

Meeting Information

Meetings are held in-person and virtually and are open to all our students, residents, fellows and faculty from both campuses.

Topics covered during a meeting may include:

Studies being considered

  • Scientific merit review
  • Trial design considerations
  • Who should be involved in supporting the study?

Studies ongoing

  • Difficulties with IRB submissions
  • Enrollment issues

Studies completed

  • Analysis phase
  • Writing phase

View current listing of Omaha and Phoenix Research Interest Groups.

Meeting times and locations are subject to change. Contact for up-to-date information

Department of Biomedical Sciences Seminars

Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology

  • When: Tuesdays, 11 a.m. to noon
  • Where: Criss III, Rm L57

Department of Pharmacology and Neurosciences

  • When: Fridays, 9 to 10 a.m.
  • Where: Hixson Lied Science Building Rm 359

Translational Hearing Center Seminars

Department of Medicine Grand Rounds

  • When: Wednesdays, noon to 1 p.m.

Department of Gastroenterology Grand Rounds

  • When: First Wednesday of the month, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.

Department of Surgery Grand Rounds

  • When: Fridays, 7 to 8 a.m.

Trauma Department Research Meeting

  • When: First and Third Wednesday of every month, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Grant Assistance

Guidance on procuring and managing grants is available from the Department of Clinical Research and Public Health and the Sponsored Programs Administration.

Creighton offers centralized support from submitting grant applications to managing funded grants including help searching for grant opportunities, editing, budget creation, financial management and data entry and storage.

Dr examining patient

Clinical Research in Phoenix

The Creighton University Arizona Health Education Alliance is committed to providing learners with the tools and resources needed to help navigate research. The process can be complex, and we want to help you navigate the process with ease.

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