Buffalo Translational Consortium

Formed in 2009, the Buffalo Translational Consortium (BTC) includes the leading academic, healthcare and research institutions in the Buffalo region, along with key community partners. Each BTC institution is represented in the governance of UB's Clinical and Translational Science Institute.

A regional commitment to excellence

The University at Buffalo CTSI serves as the hub for the entire Buffalo Translational Consortium. The BTC is a regional collaboration of the University at Buffalo health sciences schools, leading clinical institutions (UBMD Practice Plan, Kaleida Health, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, Erie County Medical Center, Great Lakes Integrated Network, and the Buffalo VA Medical Center), research institutes and community organizations. All partners share a commitment to perform research with a vision to improve health and reduce health disparities in our community.

With an innovative, collaborative, inclusive culture, we support the advancement of research across the entire translational spectrum – from translating basic science discoveries into health care interventions to clinical trials to bringing these advances into real-world community settings. We train and mentor the next generation of clinical and translational scientists and train future physicians, nurses and other health care professionals in using the newest advances in research. We engage the community and health care providers in all phases of clinical research – driving the research agenda, working as part of research teams, participating in clinical trials and benefiting from research results. The work of the Buffalo Translational Consortium has a transformative impact on the health of our community.

Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) Board

The CTSI Board is the principal oversight body of the University at Buffalo CTSI and is comprised of leaders of each Buffalo Translational Consortium (BTC) partner institution.  The Board provides broad oversight of CTSI initiatives and advice on strategy and priorities.

BTC Clinical Research Achievement Awards

The annual BTC Clinical Research Achievement Awards, supported by the CTSI, honor the outstanding accomplishments of clinical research in the Buffalo Niagara region.

One of more than 60 regional CTSA hubs

Buffalo's CTSI is one of more than 60 medical research institutions nationally that receive Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Program funding through the National Institutes of Health (NIH). We partner with our counterparts in the national CTSA consortium to advance the goals of clinical and translational research with the ultimate goal of bringing more evidence-based treatments to more patients more quickly.

BTC member institutions

University at Buffalo Health Sciences Schools

Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Founded in 1846, the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences builds upon its proud legacy of teaching, patient care and scientific discovery. Nearly 800 faculty instruct students at every stage of their professional development.

School of Nursing

Students in UB's School of Nursing enjoy "small" school benefits, such as smaller class sizes with personalized attention, along with access to the resources of a large research university, such as state-of-the-art facilities.

School of Public Health and Health Professions

UB's School of Public Health and Health Professions is one of only a handful of schools across the country that includes health-related professions as an integral component of the public health educational and research system.

School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

The School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, established in 1886, is a research-intensive school which aims to improve health through innovation and leadership in pharmacy education, clinical practice and research.

School of Dental Medicine

Established in 1892, the School of Dental Medicine continues to educate general practitioners, specialists and biomedical scientists in the art and science of oral health through comprehensive accredited programs.

Clinical Institutions

Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center

Roswell Park brings together the best medical and scientific minds in cancer care and research to understand, prevent and cure cancer. A network of community hospitals and medical centers provide access to RPCI physicians, services and clinical trials.

Kaleida Health

Kaleida Health is the largest healthcare provider in Western New York, serving the area’s eight counties with state-of-the-art technology and comprehensive healthcare services via five hospitals, two long-term care facilities, and over 80 outpatient clinics. Kaleida Health’s hospitals support UB residency training programs.

Erie County Medical Center

This 550-bed medical center is one of the area’s leading health care providers. It serves as a regional center for trauma, burns, rehabilitation and cardiac care, and is the region’s largest safety-net hospital.

Buffalo VA Medical Center

This 100-bed, 1.4-million-square-foot facility provides medical, surgical, mental health, long-term and outpatient care to more than 44,000 veterans annually. It serves as a major clinical training site for UB health sciences.

UBMD Practice Plan

UBMD is the single largest physicians group in Western New York, with more than 500 doctors in 18 medical specialties offering a full range of primary and specialty care. UBMD doctors also teach medical students and residents at UB’s School of Medicine.

Great Lakes Integrated Network (GLIN)

GLIN IPA is a clinically integrated network of over 900 healthcare providers and two healthcare systems, Kaleida Health and Erie County Medical Center, that work together to improve access and the coordination and delivery of patient care.

Research Institutes

UB Institute for Healthcare Informatics

The Institute for Healthcare Informatics is a secure computing center — compliant with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) — that stores, aggregates and innovatively analyzes health care data.

Hauptman-Woodward Research Institute

Founded in 1956, the Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute has a rich history of innovation, discovery and education. Its researchers are dedicated to studying the foundations of disease, looking at biology at the same scale as pharmaceuticals. 

UB Institute for Artificial Intelligence and Data Science (IAD)

The IAD brings together researchers, labs, institutes, and centers of excellence at UB that are focused on advancements in AI, data science, computational science and related areas of research to tackle complex, pressing societal issues of today and the future.

New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences

The NYS Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences is a hub for life sciences innovation and technology-based economic development driving scientific discoveries that directly impact the region’s and state’s economies.

UB Genome, Environment and Microbiome (GEM) Community of Excellence

GEM is advancing genome science to help empower people with the tools necessary to understand personal health issues, leading to improved lifestyle choices. Through outreach and engagement related to research, GEM strives to become a national model for increasing literacy in these areas.

Community Partners

Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH)

The mission of the ECDOH is to promote and protect the health, safety, and well-being of Erie County residents through active prevention, education, enforcement, advocacy, and partnerships.


CoNECT (Community Network for Engagement, Connection and Transformation) is a network of frontline workers, community organizers, and advocates in the areas of healthcare, housing, education, environment, food access, and social services.

New York State Area Health Education System (AHEC)

The New York State AHEC System is a workforce development initiative focused on increasing diversity by recruiting and training people of all races and ethnicities for careers in health care.


HEALTHeLINK is a collaboration among physician, hospital and insurance organizations to share clinical information in efficient and meaningful ways to improve the delivery of care, enhance clinical outcomes and control health care costs throughout the region. 

Buffalo Center for Health Equity

The focus of the Buffalo Center for Health Equity is to eliminate race, economic, and geographic-based health inequities in Western New York by changing the social and economic conditions that cause illness and shorten lives among the sickest of the region.