The Rockefeller University Center for Clinical and Translational Science is devoted to maximizing the bidirectional opportunities for clinical and translational research. Building on Rockefeller University Hospital's illustrious history as the birthplace of American biomedical science and translational research, and funded in part by an NIH Center for Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA), the Center is designed to provide an optimal infrastructure to conduct clinical and translational research and to educate the next generation of physician scientists committed to patient-oriented research.

The Center for Clinical and Translational Science continues Rockefeller University's tradition of focusing on the interface between scientific discovery, human pathophysiology, and novel diagnostic, preventative and therapeutic strategies to benefit all of humanity.

In addition to focusing on clinical and translational research, the Center works to engage and collaborate with various community groups to address issues affecting the well-being of these populations. The Center aims to learn from these groups about health and research needs and to make sure that individuals have an opportunity to participate in research studies being conducted at Rockefeller. The Center also focuses on insuring that the research conducted at Rockefeller helps create behavioral and environmental changes that will improve the health of the community and its members.