Our Mission: Promoting Scientific Discovery and Facilitating its Clinical Application

The mission of the Comparative Medicine Institute (CMI) is to develop, foster, and assist interdisciplinary teams focused on translating basic research and scientific discovery into clinical/societal applications to improve the health of animals and humans.

In 2006, the Center for Comparative and Medicine and Translational Research (CCMTR) was established at NC State University as part of an effort to develop and support interdisciplinary research opportunities. Its role expanded considerably and in October 2015 the CCMTR was granted Institute status and is now recognized as the CMI. In 2020 CMI grew by the addition of the Chemistry of Life Program, bringing a larger focus on the basic sciences across NC State’s campus and a new co-director model for the Institute.  Together, the expanded CMI was renewed by the Board of Trustees in Spring 2021.

The Institute strives to support interactions between the clinical and basic research groups within the university community by developing mechanisms that encourage and facilitate those collaborations. The CMI is comprised of interdisciplinary teams of more than 190 faculty from 27 departments and representing six colleges and five universities. These closer interactions provided by the CMI, the focus on areas deemed to be of high relevance to the State and the Nation, and the considerable strengths already existing within NC State University ensure that the Institute will remain competitive.

An integral part of the Institute’s mission is to provide clinical and research opportunities to professional students, graduate students, clinical residents, postdoctoral fellows and undergraduates. In addition, the Institute is a central component for enhancing and accelerating the development of the Centennial Biomedical Campus. All of these goals are relevant to the educational and research mission of NC State University, the UNC system, and the State of North Carolina.

Research Opportunities for Veterinary Specialists in Well-Funded Laboratories

The NIH/NCSU Comparative Medicine and Translational Research Training Program (CMTRTP) was established to provide post-graduate research opportunities for veterinary specialists in well-funded laboratories that will lead to a doctoral degree (Ph.D.). The training program emphasizes translational research and provides experience in interdisciplinary research programs.