Research Institute

The Bassett Research Institute's Mission

"The Bassett Research Institute conducts research to understand and improve the health and well-being of individuals and rural populations. We develop strategies to improve health care delivery, prevent illness, and manage chronic disease in support of the Bassett Healthcare Network's mission."

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 Healthcare Network have made meaningful contributions to our understanding of health and disease. 

Our Goals

  • To improve the health of the rural communities served by the Bassett Healthcare Network
  • To study the function of Bassett Healthcare Network and other rural resources in the delivery of health services
  • To foster and support the research endeavors of Bassett Healthcare Network clinicians

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Our Work

The Bassett Research Institute (BRI) is divided into individual 'centers' depending on the type and purpose of the research. These centers and efforts include:

The Center for Rural Community Health

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.

The Center for Population Health

The Center for 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

Health Services Research at Bassett Healthcare Network explores issues of clinician resilience, shared decision making, and new technology as determinants of patient outcomes.

The Center for Clinical Research

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

Medical Student & Resident Research

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

Centers for Biostatistics & for Evaluating Rural Interventions

Core resources sustaining all of this work include the Institute’s Center for Biostatistics and the Center for Evaluating Rural Interventions (CERI).

New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health (NYCAMH)

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.

Learn More About the Bassett Research Institute

For more information about the Bassett Research Institute, read our below latest year in review and recent publications, or give us a call at 1-800-BASSETT or (607) 547-3048, or e-mail

BRI's 2021 Year in Review

View our recent publications: