The University of Iowa Department of Emergency Medicine Research Division’s mission is to improve the health and wellbeing of patients with emergency medical conditions in Iowa and throughout the world though evidence-based medical research. Research in the department is focused on clinical pratice, injury prevention, medical education, translational science, and health systems. Faculty members, emergency medicine residents, Physician-Scientist Training Pathway residents, medical students, graduate students, and undergraduates are involved in research in a variety of projects and programs.  

Specific research interests include:

  • Rural regionalization and telemedicine
  • Quality of care, efficiency and cost-effectiveness of inter-hospital transport
  • Prevention, diagnosis and care of traumatic brain injury
  • Off road injury prevention
  • Highway motor vehicle crash scene analysis
  • Safe driving advocacy
  • Simulation in medical education
  • Improving access and quality of emergency care
  • Decision-making processes for optimal drug selection in the emergency department
  • Addiction medicine and harm reduction
  • Toxicology
  • Global healthcare access
  • Interpersonal violence
  • Early risk stratification and prophylaxis in critical illness
  • Lyme arthritis 
  • Emergency Medical Services


Department faculty receive funding from distinguished funders including: 

  • National Institutes of Health 
  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 
  • Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute 
  • American Heart Association 
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration 
  • Rural Telehealth Research Center 

Our program is also one of the very first to have a dedicated Physician-Scientist Training Pathway (PSTP) track for qualifying residents! Read more about this 4-5 year training pathway here.


Brett Faine, PharmD, MS
Director of EM Research Operations

Priyanka Vakkalanka, ScM, PhD
Research Analysis Team Lead
Associate Research Scientist


For more information about research volunteer opportunities, please contact:

Jake Hampton
Team Lead, Clinical Research Team


For more information about student research opportunities, please contact: 

Sydney Krispin, MPH, MA
Director of Emergency Medicine Research Training Programs