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 initiatives.
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 Institute (CTSI), 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 programs.
CIGBS provides opportunities to students from the Center for Undergraduate Research & Creative Activities (CURCA) and encourages innovative learning about international biomedical research.
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.