When created in 2007, the CTSC developed and launched CTSC Programs consisting of core components which are readily available key resources, tools, collaborative opportunities, and staff to promote translational research. The core components are interwoven into the CTSC’s organizational structure - with all sections working in concert to accelerate team research.
Our focus has been on the transformation of clinical and translational research practices by providing investigators with the resources needed to develop scientifically sound research protocols and competitive grant submissions, and by assisting them with safe and efficient study implementation. The CTSC leadership has increasingly supported efforts to train community-based investigators and expand their ability to conduct collaborative research with faculty members; to educate the community on the importance of participation in clinical research; and to pilot projects that advance transdisciplinary team research innovation and entrepreneurship.
A Unique Biomedical and Geographic Complex
Following an NIH planning grant award, the Weill Cornell CTSC was formed in 2007 - a CTSC multi-institutional consortium. Uniquely, five core participating institutions of this biomedical complex are clustered within a two block radius on York Avenue (“The Translational Research Avenue”) in the borough of Manhattan – with other partner institutions located within walking distance on the east side of Manhattan. Consequently, a powerful strength of the CTSC consortium is the close proximity of most partners facilitating interaction, participation in governance, resources, and the ease in forming new collaborations.
On the Translational Research Avenue reside the following prestigious institutions: Weill Cornell Medical College (WMC, a top-ranked clinical and medical research center), its Graduate School of Medical Sciences (WGSMS)3, the Greenberg Pavilion (The Cornell Campus of the highly rated NewYork Presbyterian Hospital); Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK - a renowned Cancer Center)4, the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS - a top rated Orthopedic Hospital)5, and the Animal Medical Center (AMC-a national leader in animal care)6. In close proximity to this complex is the Cornell University Cooperative Extension in New York City (CUCE-NYC) and, Hunter College8 (The "crown jewel" of City University of New York (CUNY), with its Center for Translational and Basic Research (CTBR)/Research Center for Minority Institutions (RCMI)), the School of Nursing (HCSON), and the School of Urban Public Health. In addition to this east side of Manhattan partnership of institutions, the CTSC has extensive collaborative ties to both Cornell University, Ithaca14, particularly with the Nanobiotechnology Center, the Schools of Bioengineering, Veterinary Medicine, the McGovern Center for Venture Development and the Johnson School of Business18 and to the Burke Medical Research Institute for Rehabilitation, White Plains, NY. In sum, the Weill Cornell CTSC is a complex biomedical consortium, rich in resources and talented researchers advancing to CTSC.