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Welcome to VCU Surgery's Office of Research, Biomedicine, Innovation and Technology — ORBIT

ORBIT:  Where team-based science can flourish.

The Office of Research, Biomedicine, Innovation and Technology, known as ORBIT, supports and promotes research, innovation and global surgical activities in the VCU Department of Surgery. Through coordinated avenues of basic science and translational research/clinical trials, ORBIT helps develop true surgeon-scientists.

ORBIT facilitates multidisciplinary research by matching surgeons with like-minded scientists in fields such as engineering, biochemistry, pharmacology and outcomes research. These collaborations help academic surgeons turn their ideas into testable hypotheses, experimental models and tangible outcomes.

What's more, the infrastructure ORBIT provides enables the Department of Surgery to recruit the best researchers in the field of surgery and to receive funding from top federal and private sources.

As an emerging leader in surgical collaborations, ORBIT:
  • Provides start-to-finish administrative support to researchers while improving communication and reducing duplication of tasks

  • Improves and creates additional opportunities and partnerships for VCU Surgery in global education, mentorship, research and clinical care via our Global Surgery Program
  • Expands VCU Surgery's outreach as a premier surgical department

  • Provides support and mentorship to junior faculty and researchersinterested in pursuing external funding by connecting junior researchers with expert peers, providing startup resources to supplement competitive projects, and distributing internal and external funding opportunities
To learn more about ORBIT, email

ORBIT and basic science research

Modern surgical research is the intersection of basic scientific discovery of life processes involved in the surgical management of disease and the translation of that knowledge into actual patient care. A continuum of laboratory investigation from bench to bedside always must benefit the patient but typically starts with laboratory investigation of the physiological and biochemical adjustments to diseases and its surgical treatments.

Basic science conducts state-of-the-art hypothesis testing designed to answer biological questions with an eye on the progressive translation of the concepts to surgical practice by scaling scientific model complexity from the cell and molecular universe through tissue, organ, systems and clinical paradigms. While basic research results are stressed in ORBIT, education of students, residents, trainees and faculty goes hand in hand to make future discovery-based surgical treatments sustainable.

Basic research provides scientists and trainees with:
Cutting-edge equipment and techniques to conduct research Generous laboratory infrastructure

ORBIT Leadership provides decades of experience in:
Conducting and teaching productive research in the surgical sciences Fundraising to sustain the activities and missions of ORBIT

In the end, in order to continue providing outstanding patient care, we must strive to discover new ideas, new technologies and concepts through research.

To learn more about ORBIT, email

Martin Mangino, PhD

Martin Mangino, PhD
Associate Chair for Basic Research

Professor, VCU School of Medicine
Emergency Medicine
Physiology and Biophysics

Faculty Bio
Research Bio


ORBIT and translational research/clinical trials

High-quality clinical and translational research is a key component of Surgery’s mission. A critical objective of ORBIT, therefore, is to facilitate bench-to-bedside discoveries that can truly impact all aspects of the surgical experience. To spur clinical and translational research, ORBIT assists surgeon-scientists with:

Clinical trials — Design, regulation, coordination and implementation through the use of research coordinators and research infrastructure improvement Grants — Grant writing, budgeting and administration
Translational studies — Identification of basic scientists who can help translate clinical questions into testable experimental models Seed funding — Grants of variable amounts for high-quality projects that can be used to generate preliminary data necessary to obtain extramural funding
Regulatory support — Guidance to help get your study approved or renewed through the IRB Research mentorship — Mentoring by experienced senior investigators in surgical research to help faculty at all levels navigate the research maze
Statistics — Using the correct statistics methods for your clinical or translational study Marketing — Leveraging research accomplishments to gain increased visibility in the local, regional and national communities

To learn more about ORBIT, email

Adam Klausner, MD

Adam Klausner, MD
Associate Chair for Clinical and Translational Resesarch

Associate Professor and
Eminent Scholar,
Warren Koontz Professor of
Urology Research
Department of Surgery
VCU School of Medicine

Faculty Bio

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  Virginia Commonwealth University
  Department of Surgery
  Office of Research, Biomedicine, Innovation and Technology
  West Hospital, 16th floor
  1200 East Broad Street | Box 980645
  Richmond, Virginia 23298-0645

  last updated: 07/10/2018




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