Working together as a national consortium, about 60 CTSA institutions have committed to improve human health by streamlining science, transforming training environments and improving the conduct, quality and dissemination of clinical and translational research. The CTSA program is led by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, part of the National Institutes of Health.
CTSAs are backed by and integrated with leading academic medical centers across the United States. Five new member institutions were added to the consortium in 2011, including the University of Kansas Medical Center, University of Kentucky Research Foundations, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, University of California, Los Angeles and the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.
Training The Next Generation
All CTSAs have disease-neutral training and education programs that are critically important to the future of translational science. Together, CTSAs are working on a national coordinated approach to recruit, educate, train and promote the development of clinical and translational investigators conducting research to improve human health. Last year, 1038 trainees and scholars were supported by CTSAs.
Platform For Discovery And Translation
The CTSA program provides an array of assets across the translational continuum enabling scientific discoveries to move to clinical practice, ultimately improving human health. Every CTSA maintains a sophisticated Clinical Research Center with inpatient beds and/or outpatient rooms available for investigator use. CTSA institutions also provide a wide range of scalable services openly available to investigators and research teams.
Supporting Scientific Studies
Last year, CTSAs supported 5,375 publications communicating scientific findings in diverse research domains and across the entire spectrum of bench-to-bedside-to community translation.
Supporting NIH Institutes / Agencies
CTSAs support pilot studies that provide preliminary data for NIH grant submissions and critical infrastructure support for ongoing funded studies. Last year, CTSAs supported 7,843 unique grants.