The Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSAs) program supports a national consortium of medical research insti-tutions designed to transform how biomedical research is conducted. Its goals are to speed the translation of laboratory discoveries into treatments for patients, to engage communities in clinical research efforts, and to train a new generation of clinical and translational researchers.
Launched in 2006 by the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), the CTSA program creates academic homes for clinical and translational science at research institutions across the country. A major goal of the program is to develop teams of investigators from C24various fields of research who can transform scientific discoveries made in the laboratory into treatments and strategies for patients in the clinic. CTSAs encourage collaboration across scientific disciplines, train clinical and translational researchers, and spur innovative approaches to tacking research challenges.
Through the CTSA consortium, researchers are working together in new ways to advance medical research across many disease areas and conditions, including cancer, neuro-logical disorders, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity.
Strategic Goals Guiding the Consortium
To set a national research agenda, CTSA consortium leaders have identified five overarching strategic goals that guide consortiumwide activities:
- National Clinical and Translational Research Capability,
- The Training and Career Development of Clinical and Translational Scientists,
- Consortium-Wide Collaborations,
- The Health of our Communities and the Nation, and
- T1 Translational Research.
Transforming Clinical and Translational Research
Through the CTSA program, the national consortium works to transform clinical and translational research by:
Equipping diverse research teams
to solve complex prob-lems in medical research and to supply cost-effective, centralized biostatistical and informatics support.
Encouraging medical careers
through improved training and mentoring for young scientists.
to advance science, to improve clinical research management efficiency, and to developbest practices, policies and procedures.
through new approaches to clinicaland translational research.
by working with private companies and other partners to advance medical discoveries. </sp