Medical College of Georgia creates multidisciplinary model to speed translational research

Augusta University's Medical College of Georgia aims to create more of those “magic moments” through the recently launched Discovery Institutes initiative, a multi-million dollar program to speed the process of turning research breakthroughs into medical treatments.

There are six institutes in all. Five will address specific health issues facing Georgians and are in line with the Medical College of Georgia’s thematic research priorities: Brain & Behavior, Diabetes & Obesity, Immunologic, Vision Science and Cardiovascular. They will operate under a formal structure that encourages researchers and clinicians to collaborate on translational research. A sixth institute, the Education Discovery Institute, will use the same research-focused, multidisciplinary approach to improving medical education.

The Cancer Center, though not formally a part of the Discovery Institutes initiative, fills the role of a “Cancer Discovery Institute” because it follows the multidisciplinary, translational-focused clinical research model used by the National Institutes of Health’s National Cancer Institutes.