The Geisinger-Bucknell Autism and Developmental Medicine Center
Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute
Mid Atlantic Nutrition Obesity Research Center
The HMO Research Network
Cancer Research Network
Cardiovascular Research Network
Geisinger Temple Clinical Campus
Environmental Health Institute
electronic Medical Records and Genomics (eMERGE) Network
Simons Variations in Individuals Project (VIP)
Located in Lewisburg, PA, approximately 15 miles from the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA, Bucknell is a premier liberal arts institution. To facilitate collaboration between Bucknell faculty and students and Geisinger clinicians and research faculty, the Bucknell Geisinger Research Initiative (BGRI) provides seed grants for projects that include one PI at Bucknell and one PI at Geisinger. In addition, Geisinger clinicians serve as mentors to senior design teams in biomedical and mechanical engineering departments. These efforts support the Bucknell Campaign’s Human Health Initiative. The BGRI was created to advance a shared vision of enhanced research collaborations between Geisinger and Bucknell with the goal of improving health care, broadly defined, and advancing related research by providing resources in support of collaborative research projects and initiatives across a spectrum of disciplines and organizational interests.
The Geisinger-Bucknell Autism and Developmental Medicine Center, the first and primary location of Geisinger’s Autism and Developmental Medicine Institutes, is located in Lewisburg, PA. The center integrates early diagnosis of children with autism and developmental disorders with medication and behavioral treatment with research and training. A part of Bucknell’s Human Health Initiatives, the center leverages the resources of Bucknell, and provides opportunities for observation, internships, training programs and for students to work as research assistants. The Center’s research agenda will be developed by Bucknell professors and Geisinger’s researchers and clinicians.
Geisinger is a partner in the Universityof Maryland Clinical and Translational Research Institute. The CTSI comprises 12 University of Maryland schools in Baltimore, College Park, and Baltimore County; 12 hospitals of the University of Maryland Medical Stystem; the Baltimore VA Medical Center; 4 historically black colleges and universities in Maryland; and Geisinger Health System. The Mission of the UM CTSI is to rapidly transform basic discoveries and processes efficiently and safely into novel therapies and strategies to decrease morbidity and mortality from common chronic diseases.
The Mid-Atlantic NORC is a center funded by teh National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) in 2005. NORC's mission is to foster multidisciplinary research approaches to understanding teh impact of nutrition on risk for chronic disease and translating this knowledge into effective clinical treatments and prevention efforts. The MID-Atlantic NORC is a collaborative effort between University of Maryland at Baltimore, Universityo f Maryland at College Park, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, USDA Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center and Geisinger Health System.
The HMORN is a consortium of 18 integrated health systems and health maintenance organizations, each with extensive electronic health records that can facilitate comparative effectiveness and outcomes research. The HMORN mission is to use the members’ collective scientific capabilities to integrate research and practice for the improvement of health and health care among diverse populations. The HMORN has created a Virtual Data Warehouse which is a standardized federated data system from the 18 partner delivery systems capable of supporting multi-center research development and implementation activities
The CRN comprises 9 nonprofit research centers based in integrated health care delivery systems, and 6 affiliate sites. CRN research focuses on the characteristics of patients, clinicians, communities and health systems that lead to the best possible outcomes in cancer prevention and care.
The CVRN is a national collaborative and resource that leverages expertise, populations, and data sources from a consortium of 14 geographically diverse health plans with integrated research divisions. Overall goals include: providing more robust cardiovascular disease and related health care surveillance data than currently available; promoting research on clinical practice and quality of care, enabling assessment of new diagnostic and therapeutic technologies and clinical guidelines on cardiovascular disease and risk factor incidence, prevalence, clincial management, and patient outcomes over time; and facilitating research on determinants of disease for uncommon phenotypes.
The Susquehanna River Heartland Coalition for Environmental Studies (SRHCES) or River Group, promotes research and environmental education, improves water quality, and addresses otehr environmental concerns related tot he Susquehanna River Watershed. Formed in 2004, the River Group includes Bloomsburg University, Bucknell University, Geisinger Health System, Susquehanna University, Lock Haven University, Kings College and Lycoming College, as well as representative from government agencies and community organizations such as SEDA Council of Governments, Northcentral Pennsylvania Conservancy, The Forum for Pennsylvania's Heartland, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, and Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. amonth other projects, Geisinger is working with the Coalition to coordinate the planning and construction of an environmental educaiton center at the Shikellamy Marina.
Students accepted to Temple University School of Medicine may be jointly accepted into the Geisinger Temple Clinical Campus Program. Students attend Temple University for the first two years, where Geisinger faculty participate in the student's education through the doctoring course. the student then spends the clinical years (third and fourth years) learning within the Geisinger Health System. Geisinger accpets up to 20 Temple students into the program each year. This affords joint appointments at Temple for clinicians and research faculty who wish to become active in relevant departments at Temple.
Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public health (JHUBSPH) jointly with the Geisinger Center for health Research (CHR), formed teh EHI. the EHI is housed at the CHR and is lead by Dr. Brian Schwartz, professor of Environmental Health Sciences, Epidemiology, and Medicine, JHUBSPH and senior investigator CHR. The mission of the EHI is to understand links between land use, ecosystem health, community health, and human health, and to translate knowledge into changes that promote sustainable health communities.
The eMERGE Network is a national consortium formed to study the relationship between genetic variation and a common human trait, using the technique of genome-wide association analysis. The consortium is composed of seven member sites (Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania, Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center with Boston Children’s Hospital, Geisinger Health System, Group Health Cooperative with University of Washington, Marshfield Clinic, Mayo Clinic, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Vanderbilt University) exploring the ability (and feasibility) of using EMR systems to investigate gene-disease relationships.
The Simons Variation in Individuals Project (VIP) is a research initiative that aims to identify and study a large number of individuals with a recurrent genetic variation (deletion or duplication of segment 16p11.2) that is often found in individuals with autism, autistic features and other neurodevelopmental disorders. The project, sponsored by the Simons Foundation, is a nationwide collaborative project involving researchers from Columbia, Emory, Harvard, Baylor, University of Washington, University of California San Francisco and Geisinger Health System.