Institute for Translational Epidemiology

Our Capabilities

The research program at the Institute for Translational Epidemiology offers a number of specific features that enable us to connect to clinical, basic, and applied research programs within the Mount Sinai Health System.

Our program features the following capabilities:

  • Builds on existing strengths in clinical research at Mount Sinai, with an emphasis on interdisciplinary projects in which a clinical epidemiologic approach would provide a unique contribution
  • Integrates strong expertise in biostatistics represented by the Center of Biostatistics to enhance other research at Mount Sinai
  • Promotes integration of molecular methods derived from genetics, pathology, and molecular biology into epidemiological studies
  • Based on state-of-the-art methodology in epidemiologic research, in collaboration with the Department of Preventive Medicine and the Department of Population Health Science and Policy
  • Based on a strong international outlook, which takes advantage of heterogeneity in distribution of lifestyle, biochemical, and genetic risk factors of chronic diseases in different populations of patients
  • Conducts community-based research to address the effect of health services and public health policy on the health of populations, in particular those directly served by the Mount Sinai Health System
  • Involved in long-term longitudinal studies, with a combination of clinical, observational, and intervention projects


Key partnerships for the Institute for Translational Epidemiology include the Center for Biostatistics and Statistical Advisory Service.

Biostatistics plays an important role in epidemiologic research, providing the foundations of study design, data collection, data analysis, and interpretation. Recognizing the close ties and natural connection between epidemiology and biostatistics, the Center for Biostatistics in the Department of Population Health Science and Policy has partnered with the Institute for Translational Epidemiology to offer statistical expertise in research study design, conduct, analysis, interpretation, and reporting of results to its members and affiliates. Through this active collaboration, the Institute will better promote successful clinical and translational research by providing state-of-the-art statistical support to clinical colleagues.

Working in collaboration with the Biostatistics, Ethics, and Research Design (BERD) core at Conduits – the Institutes for Translational Sciences at the Icahn School of Medicine, we offer short-term statistical consultation through a Statistical Advisory Service. This service, directed by James Godbold, PhD, provides a one-hour free statistical consultation. The service addresses a variety of common investigator needs including data analysis, sample size calculations, and help in drafting and revising manuscripts and presentations. Investigators seeking assistance related to grants are encouraged to make contact early, at least one month prior to the deadline and ideally earlier. If longer term collaborations are required, arrangements should be made with the Center for Biostatistics.