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NYSTAR Center of Excellence in Precision Responses to Bioterrorism and Disasters

In 2018, the Empire State Development Corporation Division of Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR) funded and designated the New York Medical College (NYMC) Center for Disaster Medicine (CDM) as a Center of Excellence in Precision Medicine and Responses to Bioterrorism and Disasters in order to foster collaboration between the academic research community and the business sector, to develop and commercialize new products and technologies, to promote critical private sector involvement investment in emerging high technology fields in New York State and to create and expand technology-related businesses and employment. 

The first civilian resource of its kind in the nation, the Center is a major advance in the fight against chemical and biological terrorism, mass casualty incidents and disasters, ever-present threats in today’s world.

The Center combines NYMC’s globally recognized assets in disaster medicine and medical countermeasures with individualized precision medical strategies. It seeks to translate research findings in order to protect Americans from the threat of catastrophic bioterrorism, mass casualty incidents and natural and man-made disasters.

The Center’s expertise encompasses natural disasters, terrorism, operational and tactical medicine and public health preparedness, with a competence in the unique needs of children, persons with disabilities and healthcare systems and facility preparedness.

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Offering education and training, structured simulation exercises with feedback, drills and expert consulting, the Center is a unique and widely-sought resource for law enforcement, EMS, fire services, healthcare, public health, business and education sectors. The Center offers:

  • Sensory overload and sensory deprivation training unit
  • Simulated environments (including apartment, criminal location, and meth laboratory)
  • High fidelity human patient simulations, simulated patients, and training mannequins
  • Tactical medical equipment
  • Tactical police simulation equipment
  • Simulated patient rooms

The Center is funded through the Empire State Development Corporation’s Division of Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR) program. NYSTAR funds 11 Centers of Excellence to foster collaboration between the academic research community and the business sector to develop and commercialize new products and technologies, to promote critical private sector investment in emerging high-technology fields in New York State, and to create and expand technology-related businesses and employment. This program was created to enhance and accelerate the Center’s operations, facilitating joint college-industry research and development, product commercialization and workforce training.

CDM is the only healthcare designated center of excellence in the Hudson Valley and the only disaster-related center of excellence located at a medical school.