Educational Research: Dr. McCormack’s education research focuses on the use of team-based learning (TBL) in graduate education and team training in clinical & translational research. Past research has focused on the use of TBL in responsible conduct of research (RCR) training, and student peer evaluation in medical education.
Biomedical Research: In collaboration with Dr. Margaret Wallace and the VitGene Consortium led by Dr. Richard Spritz, Dr. McCormack’s past immunogenetics research focused on the genetics of susceptibility to vitiligo, a human autoimmune disease that causes skin depigmentation. Susceptibility to autoimmune diseases has both genetic and environmental components. Genome-wide association, case/control, and family-based genetic association methods provide evidence for many vitiligo susceptibility genes, including genes involved in the normal functioning of the skin pigment-producing melanocytes and in the regulation of lymphocytes in the immune system. This project is not active at UF at this time, and we are not enrolling additional research subjects.