The research program of the Institute for Translational Epidemiology would have a number of specific features.
- It builds on existing strengths in clinical research at Mount Sinai, with emphasis on interdisciplinary projects in which a clinical epidemiologic approach would provide a unique contribution.
- It integrates strong expertise in biostatistics represented by the Center for Biostatistics to enhance other research at Mount Sinai.
- It promotes integration of molecular methods derived from genetics, pathology and molecular biology into epidemiological studies.
- It is based on state-of-the-art methodology in epidemiologic research, in collaboration with the Departments of Preventive Medicine and of Health Evidence and Policy.
- It has 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.
- It 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 Mount Sinai.
- It is involved in long-term longitudinal studies, with a combination of clinical, observational and intervention projects.