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Clinical and Translational Science Awards

CTSA Program in Action

NCATS-supported scientists are engaged in cutting-edge translational research activities across the United States. Read the latest news about CTSA Program researchers that are collaborating locally, regionally and nationally, fostering innovation in training and methodologies to get more treatments to more patients more quickly.

Learn more about the CTSA Program in Action:

Goal 1: Train and Cultivate the Translational Science Workforce

Michael Fu and Jayme Knutson with their Contralaterally Controlled Functional Electrical Stimulation video game therapyCTSA Program Mentoring Helps Engineers Develop Innovative Rehabilitation Therapies

NCATS-supported KL2 program enables early-stage investigators to conduct team-based clinical research and helps them jumpstart independent careers in translational research.

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Goal 2: Engage Patients and Communities in Every Phase of the Translational Process

doctor performing a diabetic retinopathy screeningNCATS Supports Expanded Eye Screening for Underserved Diabetics

Through a community partnership between the Clinical and Translational Science Awards Program hub at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, researchers discovered that offering diabetic retinopathy screening in primary care settings reduced examination waiting periods and increased the number of patients served.

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Goal 3: Promote the Integration of Special and Underserved Populations in Translational Research across the Human Lifespan

CTSA Program Investigators Collaborate to Enhance Newborn Screening

Efforts are now underway to add rare diseases to newborn screenings through Early Check, a research program in which voluntary screening for fragile X syndrome and other genetic conditions yet to be determined will be offered to up to 120,000 families each year in North Carolina. NCATS is supporting Early Check through a CTSA Program Collaborative Innovation Award (CCIA).

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Goal 4: Innovate Processes to Increase the Quality and Efficiency of Translational Research, Particularly of Multisite Trials

NCATSTrial Innovation Trial Innovation Network Investigators Tackling Clinical Trial Inefficiencies

Through NCATS’ new Trial Innovation Network, CTSA Program-supported investigators are working collaboratively to tackle inefficiencies in clinical trials.

 

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Goal 5: Advance the Use of Cutting-Edge Informatics

Improving Patient-Reported Outcome Data for Research through Seamless Integration of the PROMIS Toolkit and Computer-Adaptive Testing Modules into EHR Workflow

A team of CTSA researchers are developing and evaluating a suite of software tools that will allow all CTSA Program sites to integrate PROMIS tools directly into their electronic health records.

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Last updated: 07-27-2017
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