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The University of Rochester Clinical and Translational Science Institute (UR CTSI) is the academic home for clinical and translational science at the institution, providing a centralized, integrated infrastructure.  Under a novel system of governance, the Dean of the School of Medicine and Dentistry also serves as the UR CTSI Program Director, and therefore has authority over space, faculty, budgets, and other resources related to the CTSI, including the Clinical Research Center (CRC). With these newly-integrated resources, the UR will transform the two distinct research fields of clinical and translational science into a single new discipline.  The goals of this discipline include the creation of new knowledge and techniques to diagnose, prevent and treat human disease, and the establishment of an environment that catalyzes their application to clinical practice in the community. The UR CTSI will carry out a number of specific aims involving the development of novel clinical and translational research methodologies; support for pilot studies; upgraded biomedical informatics, epidemiology, research design, ethics, and regulatory support; community engagement; new technology and resource cores; new educational and training programs; an Upstate New York Consortium for translational research; and rigorous evaluation and measurement of performance outcomes. 

Graduate Women in Science (GWIS)

 Provides mentoring for the professional and personal development of all graduate women at the University of Rochester College of Arts and Sciences and Medical Center.  Meetings tap into expertise and experience available at both the Medical Center and College including presentations from outside guest speakers.

Researcher Resilience Through Multidimensional Mentoring     

With Vivian Lewis as primary investigator, the University was recently awarded approximately two million dollars by the National Institutes of Health to help improve diversity in the scientific workforce.  The goal is to investigate the role of two different types of trainee and faculty mentoring in the promotion of resilience among underrepresented minorities including differently abled/disabled persons in biomedical research careers.

Virtual Mentoring Network to Enhance Diversity in the Research Workforce

Under the mechanism of NIMH (U24), Co-PI Dr. Yeates Conwell developed a web-based mentoring network for early career investigators from backgrounds underrepresented in the research workforce. Called VMED (Virtual Mentoring Network to Enhance Diversity in the Research Workforce), the study is in collaboration with colleagues in Washington DC who run a company providing web-based "collaboratory" tools for scientists, PG Perpich, Llc.


Rochester has been selected as one of the 25 core members of the CIRTL network, who will work together to apply for expanded funding from the National Science Foundation.  CIRTL will offer many opportunities to enhance our development of faculty in STEM disciplines based on graduate education.


The National Center for Deaf Health Research (NCDHR) is one of 33 prevention research centers funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through the Prevention Research Centers (PRC) Program. The PRC program is a network of academic researchers, public health agencies, and community members that conducts applied research in disease prevention and control.

The NCDHR partners with deaf and hard-of-hearing communities to promote health. The Center does not investigate prevention of hearing loss. Rather, it is concerned with finding ways to help deaf and hard-of-hearing communities eliminate health problems, such as heart disease, obesity, depression and other chronic health concerns.

K-Series Awards

Mentored Career Development Awards (Research Scientists K01, Clinical Scientist Research K08, and Patient-Oriented Research K23).

University of Rochester currently has 42 K-Series awards.

NSF Career Award

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has offered its most prestigious award for young scientists, the CAREER Award, to two University of Rochester researchers: Paul Ampadu and Justin Ramsey. The NSF CAREER award is given to promising scientists early in their careers and is selected on the basis of creative proposals that effectively integrate research and education.


The Warner School received the National Science Foundation's Robert Noyce Scholarship Program to enhance current efforts to address the shortage of highly-qualified math and science teachers locally. The funding will encourage more talented science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) undergraduate majors and professionals to become certified K-12 math and science teachers, ultimately expanding the number of quality teachers serving the Rochester City School District and other high-need districts across state

The New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council awarded the Institute for Innovative Transition at the University of Rochester, and the Westchester Institute for Human Development a $150,000 grant to increase awareness and improve the quality of inclusive college-based initiatives for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities in New York State. The Institute for Innovative Transition is a partnership between Warner School, B. Thomas Golisano Foundation, and Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities. The grant will support initiatives that develop and facilitate a statewide learning community to evaluate and promote promising practices for students with disabilities after completion of secondary school. May 2011 Annual Report on Diversity 18

The Institute for Innovative Transition also received a five-year, $2.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education under the Transition and Postsecondary Program for Students with Intellectual Disabilities. Faculty from the Institute will establish, implement, and sustain four demonstration projects that involve inclusive postsecondary programs for students with intellectual disabilities at the consortium: University of Rochester, Keuka College, Monroe Community College, and Roberts Wesleyan College. As well, Institute faculty will manage the evaluation, technical support, training, and information dissemination nationwide.

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Updated: August 10, 2012