Research & Faculty

Areas of Research

A passion and focus of NEOMED is advancing health care. The health care research conducted at the University is of paramount importance to both its mission and well-being of its communities.

Community-Based Mental Health Research

The Community-Based Mental Health Research Focus Area is a collaborative, trans-institutional, and interdisciplinary team of researchers in Northeast Ohio. The team of researchers studies stress, trauma and stigmas; empowerment and recovery; mental illness at the interface of criminal justice; integrated mental health and primary care; and dissemination of effectiveness research.

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Diabetes, Obesity & Metabolism

Diabetes, obesity, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease account for 9.4%, 34%, and 30% of the US population, respectively. Atherosclerosis is the major cause for coronary heart disease, the No. 1 killer in the US. The Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism Research Focus Area at NEOMED aims to build a collaborative internationally-recognized Center of Excellence for fundamental and translational research in diabetes, obesity and metabolism.

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Hearing Research Group

Hearing disorders of many types begin in the inner ear, but have long-term effects in the brain. The Hearing Research Focus Area at NEOMED seeks to deepen the understanding of how the central nervous system functions in association with hearing, communication and swallowing, how it is affected by hearing disorders, and how manipulation of the central nervous systems may improve these disorders.

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Heart & Blood Vessel Disease REsearch

Diseases of the heart and blood vessels are the number one cause of death and every 30 seconds an individual in the U.S. dies from heart and vascular diseases. The risk of developing heart and vascular diseases is greatly increased by diabetes, obesity, and high blood pressure. The Heart and Blood Vessel Disease Research Group at NEOMED seeks to understand these diseases with an ultimate goal of curing them.

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Musculoskeletal Biology Research

Bone and tissue regrowth is a way for patients to experience complete recovery from previously debilitating conditions such as arthritis, cancer, osteoporosis and bone fractures. The Musculoskeletal Biology Research Group at NEOMED is focused on developing these re-growth processes to address the needs of our aging population.

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Neurodegenerative Disease & Aging Research

A collaborative team of researchers focusing on fundamental and translational research in neurodegeneration and conditions linked to the aging of the brain. Our mission is to discover, develop and validate biomarkers and therapeutic approaches for neurodegenerative diseases, including Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease and glaucoma.

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Steven P. Schmidt, PhD
Vice President for Research
Phone: 330.325.6465


Northeast Ohio Medical University