Research Institute

From studies of early ambulation of surgical patients in the 1940’s, first human bone marrow transplants in the 1960’s, seminal work with serum proteins and dendritic cells in the 1980’s to occupational health and mechanisms of obesity and cancer in recent decades, scientists at Bassett have made meaningful contributions to our understanding of health and disease. 

The Bassett Research Institute’s threefold mission is:
 To improve the health of the rural communities served by the Bassett Network
 To study the function of Bassett and other rural resources in the delivery of health services
 To foster and support the research endeavors of Bassett clinicians
                                                                                                                                                                                     The Center for Rural Community Health’s work ranges from obesity and nutrition in children, reduction of cardiac risk in rural towns to automobile safety among senior drivers.
Population Health focuses upon the behavioral, environmental and socio-economic factors that determine 70% of a population’s well being. The Research Institute serves as organizer and facilitator of the NYS Department of Health’s regional Population Health Improvement Program.
Health Services Research at Bassett explores issues of clinician resilience, shared decision making and new technology as determinants of patient outcomes.

Bassett scientists E. Donnall Thomas, Joseph Ferrebee and David Blumenstock pioneered innovative research in bone marrow transplantation, performing the world’s first human organ transplant at Bassett in 1956. Dr. Thomas, who was Physician-in-Chief at Bassett from 1955 to 1963, received the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1990 for his work in transplantation.

Bassett clinician research efforts are facilitated by the Clinical Research Division which supports clinician, resident and student studies in various therapeutic areas, including: cardiology, endocrinology, rheumatology, pulmonology, and orthopedic surgery.

Sports injury and related orthopaedic outcomes are being studied in the Bassett Shoulder and Sports Medicine Research Institute. The ready access to young baseball players in and about Cooperstown proves to be an important resource.

The Institute encourages Medical Student Research. The research efforts of Bassett Residents is supported by the E. Donnall Thomas Program.

Core resources sustaining all of this work include the Institute’s Biostatistics and Computing Center and the Bassett Evaluation Study Team.
Many Research Institute efforts are undertaken with shared resources and personnel from Bassett’s other major research entity, the New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health.

For more information about the Bassett Research Institute, call 1-800-BASSETT or (607) 547-3048, or e-mail