The Center for Integrated Global Biomedical Sciences (CIGBS)
aligns with other university and research centers to better
integrate biomedical research, develop technology and address
thematic global health challenges.
The center collaborates with the university's Communities of
Excellence in Global Health Equity (CGHE); Genome, Environment and
Microbiome (GEM); and Sustainable Manufacturing and Advanced
Robotic Technologies (SMART).
The CIGBS works with UB's New York State Center of Excellence in
Bioinformatics & Life Sciences through the Translational
Pharmacology Research Core and has plans to collaborate with the
NYS Center of Excellence in Materials Informatics through economic
development projects with global partners.
The CIGBS is the administrative center for the co-director of
the SUNY Global Health Institute.
CIGBS partners with the Institute for Lasers, Photonics and
Biophotonics on nanotechnology innovation for biomedical sciences.
The Institute incorporates a successful internationally recognized
program at the Photonics Research Laboratory with a
multidisciplinary team of faculty members from Medicine, Dental
Biology, Engineering, Physics and Chemistry.
The center stewards activity of the WNY STEM (Science,
Technology, Engineering and Math) Hub. The Center assists the hub
by providing an environment for the working groups focused on
regional and global STEM challenges and contributes through
planning, research and training for integrated biomedical sciences
CIGBS engages with The Consortium of Universities for Global
Health (CUGH), which is a rapidly growing Washington, D.C.
based organization of over 130 academic institutions and other
organizations engaged in addressing global health challenges. CUGH
was established in 2008 with funding from the Bill & Melinda
Gates Foundation and The Rockefeller Foundation.
The center coordinates with the UB Office of Science, Technology
Transfer and Economic Outreach (STOR) on commercialization and
technology transfer activities. These activities will be integrated
with workshops for our global partners.
As part of UB's Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA),
CIGBS works with the Clinical and Translational Research Center
creating and implementing programs on drug development and
workforce planning that will synergize regional efforts with global
CIGBS provides opportunities to students from the Center for
Undergraduate Research & Creative Activities (CURCA) and
encourages innovative learning about international biomedical
The center collaborates with the Western New York Regional
Economic Development Council and its committees in identifying
programs and projects of common interest.
CIGBS faculty work with the UB-ECMC Liver Center doing
innovation translational research on Hepatitis A,B,C,D and E in
addition to other liver disorders.