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Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Program

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CTSA Researchers Discover Common Colds May Cause More Severe COVID-19

Researchers discovered that common cold antibodies could result in “immune distraction,” which causes the immune system to unsuccessfully fight off new SARS-CoV-2 variants and leads to an increased chance of developing more severe COVID-19.

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N3C Data Helps Researchers Uncover Differences in Rural and Urban COVID-19 Hospitalization Rates

After analyzing electronic health records from the National COVID Cohort Collaborative (N3C) Data Enclave, researchers discovered health disparities between rural and urban communities across the United States for COVID-19-related hospitalizations.

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CTSA Program Facts

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Transforming Clinical & Translational Research

Turning scientific discoveries into clinical advances often is an inefficient process due to insufficient resources and too few specially trained researchers. NCATS’ CTSA Program supports an innovative national network of medical research institutions — called “hubs” — that work together to improve the translational research process to get more treatments to more patients more quickly.

CTSA Program hubs collaborate locally, regionally and nationally, fostering innovation in training and research methodologies. NCATS continues to build on the strong foundation of the CTSA Program to tackle system-wide scientific and operational problems to make the clinical and translational research enterprise more efficient. Learn more about the CTSA Program.