Biomedical research is essential to improving society's ability to prevent and fight disease. Over the decades, URMC's research has produced many life-changing discoveries such as lung surfactant to help premature infants take their first breath and a vaccine against Haemophilus influenza type b (Hib) that has virtually wiped out a leading cause of meningitis in preschoolers. URMC will now pioneer a new way of advancing science and discovery in an environment of constrained resources. We will enhance our team-approach to science by developing multi-disciple, multi-departmental programs of excellence comprised of basic, clinical and implementation scientists. This interprofessional approach brings together individuals with different skills and expertise to focus on areas where URMC believes it can have the greatest impact on health. Focusing on programs of excellence will yield an organized, visible research portfolio that URMC will use to attract both public and private partnerships.
To bring discoveries and cures into clinical practice faster, URMC will increase collaboration and translation from basic to clinical to implementation scientists. Implementation science seeks to understand the behavior of healthcare professionals and patients as a key variable in the sustainable uptake, adoption, and implementation of evidence-based interventions. Enhancing URMC's implementation science expertise will help the clinical transition into population health management. URMC will work to fully leverage its investment in the clinical and translational sciences, including improving clinical trials infrastructure and enhancing its population health and health economics expertise.
Advances in technology are extending the potential impact of biomedical research. As technology evolves relentlessly, so too must our ability to collect, organize and analyze large amounts of data. In order to remain competitive, URMC research programs must have access to cutting-edge research tools and technology in the general area of biomedical informatics- an interdisciplinary field that uses of biomedical data, information, and knowledge for scientific inquiry, problem-solving, and decision-making. According to the National Institutes of Health, 'there is now general consensus that biomedical research is transforming into an information science, and biomedical informatics is no longer an option but an integral component of all biomedical research.' URMC considers its wide spectrum of research informatics needs as a continuum, rather than discrete entities. These research needs are also closely linked to educational and training imperatives as well as providing data on quality metrics and patient care/outcomes in the URMC health system. The need to enhance bioinformatics also dovetails with the University's big data initiative, which includes the Health Sciences Center for Computational Innovation (HSCCI).
For more information, view the Research Strategic Plan Presentation 7-11-14