Weill Cornell Medical College has received $49.6 million from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to fund its Clinical and Translational Science Center (CTSC). This Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) is a 5-year renewal of the largest Federal grant ever awarded to the Medical College by the NIH. In 2007, the first CTSA grant award supported the establishment of Weill Cornell's CTSC, a multi-institutional consortium in New York City with the goal of accelerating new patient preventive interventions and treatments through translational research.
"The Weill Cornell Clinical and Translational Science Center has made terrific progress in breaking down barriers to translational research and laying the foundations for future cooperation, not only with other academic institutions, but also with the private sector," says Dr. Laurie H. Glimcher, the Stephen and Suzanne Weiss Dean of Weill Cornell Medical College. "As with any effort that seeks to break new ground, there are great challenges and equally great rewards, but the renewed CTSA grant affirms that we are transforming the way medical research is conducted."
Today, the CTSC, led by Weill Cornell Medical College and Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences, is an innovative multi-institutional consortium, committed to breaking down institutional silos and barriers separating scientific disciplines to accelerate the clinical application of basic science discoveries. The Center, based at Weill Cornell, consists of a unique multidisciplinary biomedical research network, encompassing Weill Cornell Medical College, Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center; Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC); Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS); Cornell University, Ithaca including Cornell University Cooperative Extension, New York City (CUCE-NYC); Hunter College of the City University of New York (CUNY) with its School of Nursing, School of Public Health and Center for the Study of Gene Structure and Function; and the Animal Medical Center.
"We are thrilled," says Dr. Julianne Imperato-McGinley, the CTSC's principal investigator and program director at Weill Cornell. "This renewal grant represents an important acknowledgement of the progress we've made in strengthening collaborative relationships between leading research institutions in New York City, nurturing the next generation of translational researchers and building an infrastructure to support further medical innovation."
An accomplished clinical and translational researcher with more than 25 years of NIH funding, Dr. Imperato-McGinley is also the associate dean for translational research and education at Weill Cornell. In addition, Dr. Imperato-McGinley serves as The Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Distinguished Professor of Endocrinology in Medicine and professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell, and attending physician at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center.