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Research Centers

Research Centers

Cardiovascular Research Initiative (CVRI) Over the last decade, Columbia University Medical Center has emerged as a leading research center for cardiovascular research, especially in areas such as atherosclerosis, lipoproteins, coronary artery restenosis, cardiac arrhythmias, and heart failure. The state-of-the-art Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center, established in 1997, provided further opportunities for collaborations in the cardiovascular complications of diabetes and obesity. In 2004, CUMC recruited a major interventional cardiology group (now known as CIVT) to carry out research on devices and treatments of coronary artery disease. And just this year we announced a new patient care facility that will greatly increase our clinical capacity and enable a tremendous volume of new translational research. As a complement to these efforts, we continue to recruit talented junior researchers in cardiology, vascular biology, and membrane physiology.


Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Drawing from experience of the NIH Roadmap for Medical Research Drawing from experience of the NIH Roadmap for Medical Research and extensive community input, the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSAs) program creates a definable academic home for clinical and translational research. CTSA institutions work to transform the local, regional, and national environment to increase the efficiency and speed of clinical and translational research across the country. This consortium includes 55 medical research institutions located throughout the nation. When fully implemented by 2011, about 60 institutions will be linked together to energize the discipline of clinical and translational science. The CTSA consortium is funded by the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). 


Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center Multiple avenues of research are being explored in the recently enlarged and strengthened Cancer Center. These research avenues fall into the broad categories of laboratory, clinical (diagnostic, therapeutic), population-based, and preventive investigation. Faculty members of the Cancer Center are distributed throughout virtually all departments, centers, and institutes at Columbia Health Sciences. Their aggregate research funding now stands at millions per year. Of particular relevance to students of nutrition is the estimate that 40 to 70 percent of all cancers are linked in some way to nutrition. 


Imprints Center for Genetic and Environmental Lifecourse Studies The Imprints Center for Genetic and Environmental Lifecourse Studies brings together investigators working in birth cohort research programs. Imprints Center investigators focus especially, but not exclusively, on the ways in which exposures in utero – such as prenatal exposures to infections, nutritional deficiencies and toxins – influence health later in the lifecourse, including the interplay with genes and epigenetic effects. They are examining a range of health outcomes, derived from studies in China, the Netherlands, Israel, Australia, Norway, Finland, Kosovo, the United Kingdom, and the US. More recently, Imprints investigators are engaged in intergenerational studies and a lifecourse approach to aging. Details about these studies can be found on the website here:

The Imprints Center provides a valuable setting for intellectual exchange, supporting methodologic strategies, identifying new research opportunities, and training interested colleagues and students. One of the vehicles for accomplishing these goals is our series of educational seminars and workshops. The Imprints Center also provides essential feedback and support for its investigators in areas such as preparation of grant applications, strategies for multi-site study data coordination and management, and development of innovative methods for analysis in pertinent areas, such as growth trajectories and modeling.

Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center  The Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center at Columbia Presbyterian was opened in October 1998. The Center offers state-of-the-art multidisciplinary clinical care for the patient with diabetes mellitus. Comprehensive services are offered for patients of all ages and with all types of diabetes. Care is coordinated by pediatric and adult endocrinologists, assisted by nurse educators, nutritionists, family therapists, opthalmologists, exercise specialists, surgeons, and podiatrists. 

Obesity Research Center   The Obesity Research Center is designed to provide both the leadership and the administrative matrix for fostering productive cooperation among participating investigators. The main thrust of investigation at the Center is the study of the relationship between food intake regulation and adipose tissue, the calorie storage depot. Studies range from the morphology and biochemistry of the adipocyte to the psychological and social aspects of food intake, and from the earliest development of adipocytes to the late, adult consequences of obesity. In all instances, the studies are devoted to further the understanding of fundamental biology of calorie intake and storage, and the principal calorie disorder in humans, obesity. 

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