Research Initiatives

Weill Cornell Medicine has a long history of groundbreaking medical advances, including the Pap test for cervical cancer, the first "double-blind" controlled experiment to test the efficacy of drugs, and the synthesis of penicillin. Our recent exponential growth has built on our reputation as a translational research leader and provided our scientists with the resources they need to take on some of the most formidable health challenges of the 21st century, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, metabolic diseases, neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, children's health, global health, and infectious diseases. 

The Belfer Research Building—opened in 2014—has become a hub for researchers from Weill Cornell Medicine and institutions around the world to collaborate on new discoveries. The building includes 13 floors of laboratories equipped with the most advanced research technology, and with its open floor plan, it's designed to foster unconventional partnerships between Weill Cornell Medicine's many translational research centers and institutes. It is also located near our flagship ambulatory care center on York Avenue, allowing new breakthroughs to move rapidly from the bench to the bedside.