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Research Centers and Consortia

Research at NC State College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) makes a powerful difference in people’s lives.  Research discoveries are not arrived at in a vacuum, but arise from collaboration and partnership of faculty, student, and staff.   The members of these centers recognize that complex issues affecting human and animal health are better addressed by interdisciplinary "one medicine" approaches that combine both clinical and non-clinical expertise.  This includes interactions between different laboratories as well as interactions with private groups.  NC State research centers provide one mechanism of bringing faculty from different disciplines together. 

Research Centers housed at the CVM represent some of the world's premier centers for education and research in comparative medicine and translational biology, chemical toxicology and pharmacokinetics, and marine sciences.  Each o f the research centers has two important missions, research and teaching.  Center faculty are dedicated to providing outstanding educational and training opportunities for graduate students and other scientists.

CVM research centers also have a commitment to serving the public.  For example, researchers within the Center for Chemical Toxicology Research and Pharmacokinetics (CCTRP) created and maintain the national USDA-supported Food Animal Residue Avoidance Databank (FARAD) and the Food & Agriculture Organization-United Nations (FAO) supported global FARAD.  FARAD performs the residue avoidance data analysis, and provides assistance to those who have a question about how to prevent residues in animal-derived food.

These research centers also draw upon unique collaborations with organizations outside of NC State.  The Center for Marine Sciences and Technology (CMAST) provides a focal point for citizen contact with NC State University’s marine science and extension faculty.  This 51,000 sq. ft. facility, which is located on the Carteret Community College campus, is a unique educational partnership between state universities and the community college system.

Partnerships with industry and other stakeholders is another feature of the centers.  The college's Center for Comparative Medicine and Translational Research (CCMTR) was recently awarded a five-year, $625,000 gift from Novartis Animal Health U.S. to help support the development of a clinical trials program involving patients in NC State's Veterinary Teaching Hospital.  The clinical trials program enables clinical investigators to evaluate novel approaches to diagnose and treat disease and deliver innovative solutions that enhance animal and human health. It also promotes research collaboration by serving as a liaison between clinical investigators, basic researchers, referring veterinarians, pet owners, and industry scientists.