Columbia University Medical Center has many state-of-the-art research facilities physically housed and administered by its Departments, Centers, Institutes, and Affiliated Institutions. Faculty (and students) can benefit from access to these facilities; they offer the highest quality research resources to the community. Many of these facilities also offer education and training, as needed. Information regarding the use of any research facility listed below may be obtained through each facility's website.
The mission of Columbia University Medical Center’s Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) is to transform the culture of research to hasten the discovery and implementation of new treatments and prevention strategies. Our core objective is to move the CUMC (Columbia University Medical Center) research community to a more multi- and interdisciplinary scientific mindset by removing barriers and creating incentives for interactions among investigators from different disciplines. CUMC’s first step towards reaching this goal was the establishment of the Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research—the academic home for clinical and translational research at Columbia. Irving Institute faculty include some of CUMC’s most accomplished, senior researchers who provide leadership and serve as mentors for junior faculty, fellows, and trainees. Specially-appointed junior faculty, the “CTSA Fellows,” work with senior faculty to develop novel approaches to advancing multi- and interdisciplinary clinical and translational research. The resources provided by the Irving Institute offer support in biomedical informatics, study design and biostatistics, bioethics, regulatory issues, core laboratory facilities, community engagement, plus a fully-staffed Clinical Research Resource for campus investigators.
On October 1, 2006, Columbia University was one of the first 12 institutions in the country to receive a Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA). Combined with increased support from our long-time benefactors, Herbert and Florence Irving, this award enabled the former Irving Center for Clinical Research (GCRC) to evolve into the Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research thereby becoming the academic and intellectual home for the next generation of clinical and translational research investigators at CUMC.
Senior faculty funded by the Irving Institute provide leadership and serve as mentors for both junior faculty and trainees of the Irving Institute. They provide outstanding support and resources to Institute users including research in biomedical informatics, biostatistical and clinical trial design, bioethics, regulatory issues, patient-oriented research, and core laboratory resources, among many others. As part of the CTSA program, the Irving Institute houses an integrated educational program that includes a patient-oriented master’s degree, a novel K12 mentored research program in multi- and interdisciplinary research, and a predoctoral clinical and translational certificate. The chief goal of the Irving Institute and CTSA is to more directly utilize medical research advances to benefit patients and the community, converting knowledge into practice.
The Pilot and Collaborative Studies Resource (PCSR) is central to achieving the goals of the Irving Institute by providing incentives to both young clinical and translational (C/T) investigators, as they obtain pilot data prior to submitting funding applications, and more senior investigators who may not otherwise engage in multi- and interdisciplinary research.
Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center
The Center for Interdisciplinary Research to Reduce Antimicrobial Resistance (CIRAR)
Diabetes and Endocinology Research Center
Opportunities for faculty to participate in research are available throughout the United States and internationally. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) offers many guides to some of these resources, in addition to being a source of research opportunities. NIH has more than 75 buildings in a campus-like environment over 300 acres. Some research is performed on campus in state-of-the-art laboratory facilities, although more than 80% of research activities are conducted by scientists working in every state and around the world.
The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) is the federal government's lead agency for scientific research on oral, dental and craniofacial health and disease. NIDCR is one of the institutes of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.