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For Our Communities


The Rockefeller University's mission is to conduct research that contributes to scientific and medical knowledge, and has health impact for individuals, communities and for the public at large.

Through Community Engagement and Community Engaged Research we collaborate with our communities to improve health. Our model is to partner basic and clinical researchers with health care practitioners to develop research questions that address the entire spectrum of translational science. The Rockefeller University has a long history of generating scientific discoveries that have made real-world impacts.

Some examples of discoveries at Rockefeller with benefits for improving health include:

Basic Science Discoveries Clinical Discoveries
DNA is the basic material for heredity AIDS "cocktail" (HAART) changes the pandemic
Rh Factor discovery prevents newborn hemolytic disease  Methadone is effective for treating heroin addiction
Leptin is a regulator of weight Meningitis vaccine developed to treat worldwide epidemics
Cancer can be caused by a virus Effective psoriasis treatment shifts understanding of the disease

More recent initiatives involving investigators in the Center for Clinical and Translational Science include:

Research participants report positive experiences

A multi-center survey of close to 5,000 volunteers who enrolled in clinical research studies, the first of its kind, shows that by and large participants feel valued and respected by investigators. But although many gave high marks to the research teams’ trustworthiness and ability to explain their protocols, the survey also revealed that a sizable minority did not feel completely prepared for the study, and that participants wanted researchers to inform them of the results of the studies.

The study, which was led by Dr. Rhonda G Kost and other researchers in The Rockefeller University Hospital’s Center for Clinical and Translational Science, and collaborators at the National Institutes of Helath Clinical Center and the Propel Center for Population Health, included responses from participants at 15 clinical research centers including several funded by Clinical and Translational Science Awards from the NIH. It was published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine. Read more...

Vitamin D supplements and cholesterol

Vitamin D has been touted for its beneficial effects on a range of human systems, from enhancing bone health to reducing the risk of developing certain cancers. But it does not improve cholesterol levels, according to a new study conducted at The Rockefeller University Hospital. A team of scientists has shown that, at least in the short term, cholesterol levels did not improve when volunteers with vitamin D deficiency received mega-doses of vitamin D. The finding is published in the journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology.

The researchers, led by Manish Ponda, an assistant professor of clinical investigation in Jan Breslow’s Laboratory of Biochemical Genetics and Metabolism, studied 151 people with vitamin D deficiency. Read more...