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Understanding the Center for Integrated Global Biomedical Sciences (CIGBS)

The CIGBS Mission

The UB Center for Integrated Global Biomedical Sciences is an international hub for innovation that brings together scientific disciplines in a nontraditional approach.

It uses education, training and research to promote novel discovery, maximize technology and foster translation. It works with international partners in addressing global health challenges and in recognizing the important connections between health and sustainable economic development.

CIGBS Goals

  1. To develop a global biomedical sciences research enterprise at UB, integrating health profession schools in the Academic Health Center with other decanal units, existing centers, institutes, Communities of Excellence and across the SUNY system.
  2. To develop a sustainable business model for the Center for Integrated Global Biomedical Sciences that complements other research programs and builds synergies, which can help the university attract more funding.

Governance Structure

The center is an integrated organization that includes invited faculty, trainees and staff. A three-year business plan will guide the center's growth and expansion, including additional memberships.

An external advisory board, a scientific leadership committee and subcommittees / working groups will help guide the center in ways that foster the integration of biomedical research and technology to address global health challenges.       

Membership Rights and Responsibilities

  • Membership is two years and renewable based on participation and contributions toward the center's goals.
  • Member information and communications are considered confidential and will be retained by the center's administrative office. 
  • Members may resign at any time or be dismissed based on the recommendation of the center's director.