In just over four years, the Weill Cornell Medical Center Clinical and Translational Science Center (CTSC)has established a strong and highly effective clinical and translational science infrastructure spanning sixdiverse partners, each a center of excellence: Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center; Hospital for SpecialSurgery; Hunter College School of Nursing. Hunter College Gene Center-a Research Center for MinorityInstitutions (RCMI); Cornell University Cooperative Extension; and Cornell University, Ithaca. The mission ofthe CTSC in continuation is to leverage the resources and expertise of this rich multi-institutional partnershipto create new interdisciplinary teams and support cutting-edge research from bench to bedside to communityto health care practice. The proposed grant adds a new partner, the Animal Medical Center a few blocksfrom WCMC, to increase collaboration with Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. Jointly, theybring a new dimension to our CTSC research and their expertise in small animals will enhance pre-clinicalresearch in the area of drug discovery and device development.Built on the accomplishments achieved during the initial funding period, the strategic plans for the next fiveyears are geared to rapidly advance translational science discoveries by: 1) Enhancing the Drug DiscoveryPipeline; 2) Increasing the Breadth of Research Resources; 3) Adding New Expertise and TrainingPrograms; and 4) Enhancing Community Engagement and Dissemination. Moving forward, the anticipatedbenefits of fostering 'Innovation through Collaboration' during the next funding period include: 1) Furthergeneration of novel ideas leading to drug development and medical devices which benefit patient care; 2)Increased collaborative efforts with partners and industry, to facilitate research to improve the general healthofthe public; 3) Enhanced clinical translational (C/T) educational programs in comparative effectivenessresearch, global health and health information technology; 4) Enhanced community engagement; 5)Increased centralization of C/T research, education, infrastructure, and databases; and 6) Enhancedevaluation and tracking of CTSC programs.

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The broad research support infrastructure ofthe CTSC and its programs to foster interactions among basicscientists, clinicians and community practitioners are key to the rapid translation of basic science discoveriesinto effective clinical practice. Our CTSC is distinct in the heterogeneity of its component institutions,providing unparalleled opportunities for collaboration and training in all areas of biomedical sciences.PROJECT/RERFORMANCE SITE(S) (if additional space is needed, use

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