Research Spotlight

Research is ongoing at Stanford Department of Emergency Medicine. Select projects are highlighted below, but we invite you to also explore our library of recently-published studies on topics ranging from clinical care to education to physician wellness.

COVID Antibodies & Testing

Andra Blomkalns, MD, MBA leads clinical trial testing of antibodies designed to block the coronavirus from infecting human cells. Learn more

Our recent trials demonstrate people can do their own nasal swabs for accurate COVID-19 testing. Learn more


Precision Medicine

Dr. Sam Yang received a $3.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health for his five-year precision health project to develop a rapid and lower-cost method of testing and diagnosis of infections, that would in turn, inform targeted treatments. The study will include broad bacterial detection, species identification, and antibiotic susceptibility profiling. rapid diagnosis of bloodstream infections, with the potential benefits of improving antibiotic stewardship and patient outcomes.

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Traumatic Brain Injury

Dr. Angela Lumba-Brown, Research Director for Stanford Concussion and Brain Performance Center, was lead author on new pediatric mild traumatic brain injury treatment guidelines released by the CDC. 

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Lumba-Brown is also establishing evidence-based classification for traumatic brain injury, and modeling post-injury trajectories and treatments. Additional work includes exploring new ways of diagnosing and treating concussion subtypes using eye-tracking and oculomotor and vestibular therapies. 


Global Health

Research is a fundamental component of Stanford Emergency Medicine International's (SEMI) long-term approach to global emergency medicine. Studies include:

  • Exploring emergency medical condition epidemiology in LMICs
  • Uncovering gender disparities and gender-based violence
  • Researching emergency provider education modalities
  • Identifying referral patterns and systems for maternal child health

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Stroke Protocol

Stanford University’s department of emergency medicine collaborated closely with other departments to develop a novel Stroke Code Extended protocol that expedites evaluation and treatment of patients with large-vessel debilitating strokes that, prior to the protocol, would have limited treatment options. 

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Critical Care in the ED

Our multidisciplinary Emergency Critical Care research group leads clinical research projects focused on ED-based interventions for the critically ill, including the development and assessment of novel approaches for the prevention and early treatment of pneumonia, sepsis, and ARDS. We are partners in the ICU Research Core (ICRC) at Stanford, and collaborate closely with investigators at other research institutions both regionally and nationally, including as part of the multi-center PETAL, IVY, and SIREN research networks.


Education & Learning

Dr. Michael Gisondi, Vice Chair of Education leads the Precision Education and Assessment Research Lab (PEARL), focused on defining precision in medical education by studying the best ways to individualize training for physicians. PEARL optimizes assessment methods to promote learning and leverage technology to reimagine health professions education.
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