Director's Corner

Robert Sherwin

This issue of the YCCI newsletter features the School of Medicine’s Core Research Facilities, which offer a wide range of world-class technologies to facilitate translational research.

These days, it’s impossible to have discoveries without such technologies, but ysm goes beyond sophisticated instrumentation. We have dedicated scholars who push science to its limits and faculty leaders who are there to help them do it. Our core directors not only conduct their own groundbreaking research, they are also superb collaborators who work with other senior scientists while at the same time pursuing the mission of training junior investigators.

Last year, the Clinical and Translational Science Awards shifted to oversight by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), whose mission is to catalyze the generation of innovative methods and technologies that will lead to the development of new diagnostics and therapeutics. The move to NCATS dovetails perfectly with Yale’s strengths in basic scientific research and discovery, which are supported by the cores. At the same time, the cores help support NCATS as it seeks to facilitate the translation of basic biological discoveries into clinical applications.

The fact is that translation would be impossible without the Core Research Facilities. That’s why we want to ensure that Yale investigators are aware of the science taking place thanks to these resources; how to utilize them; and the ways in which it’s possible to collaborate with faculty and staff. The breadth of these facilities is too vast to cover in one issue of our newsletter, but we hope that you find this update on the latest developments to be both useful and inspiring.

Robert Sherwin, MD

YCCI Director