Strategic Compass


Solve real problems

Strategic Compass - Discover


  • Create a collaborative basic science, clinical and translational research network

  • Increase engagement in research and scholarship

  • Expand and facilitate multi-disciplinary collaborations and partnerships

  • Rapidly translate knowledge to positively affect health outcomes and wellness

  • Democratize solutions and demonstrate broad impact

Pathways to Success

Our stated goals for charting our course in discovery include: 

  • Submitting extramural grant applications on which interdisciplinary investigators (clinicians, basic or population health focused scientists) serve as co-PI or co-investigators.
  • Increasing extramural grant submissions focused on West Virginia specific health disparities aligned with WVU Center and Institute priorities.
  • Encouraging and supporting trainees (student, post doc fellow, clinical resident) to author peer-reviewed publications.
  • Including trainees on abstracts accepted at national/international meetings.
  • Increasing training (PI and institutional) and career development grant submissions.

Bringing Strategy to Life

This site will continually be updated with information on people, projects and ideas that put strategy to action as we execute the next stage our strategic plan. 

News and Profiles

A head shot photo of Mark Olfert, Ph.D..

Mark Olfert, Ph.D.

Exercise Physiology

“I think using a multi-disciplinary team to address complex problems like obesity is essential, and this approach is what makes it so impactful.”