Launched in the spring of 2009, the Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research (ECIBR) and the BU Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research Office (IBRO), established in 2015, both under the founding directorship of Prof. Katya Ravid, enhance the long tradition of innovative, collaborative research at Boston University.

The ECIBR began on the Medical Campus, providing the groundwork and tools to facilitate biomedical team science. IBRO expands the reach of those efforts to the Charles River Campus, encouraging more robust collaboration across the University and inspiring initiatives that are larger in scope. Both the ECIBR and IBRO provide opportunities for collaborations within Affinity Research Collaboratives (ARCs) organized around foci of common research interests. The extraordinary strength in biomedical and physical sciences at Boston University and the support and development of the ARCs create opportunities for new interdisciplinary approaches to both research and training in biomedical research. Graduated ARCs have given rise to several new research programs and a center, such as the BU Microbiome Research Program and the Center for Regenerative Medicine, respectively.

Discoveries made by research teams supported by IBRO and the ECIBR are channeled to BU CTSI for further development of translational research and guidance related to technology developments. For example, cells developed by the regenerative medicine ARC (iPS Bank) were subjected to subsequent translational/ drug screening applications in human samples with the aid of CTSI.