CTSA Program in Action

The CTSA Program supports new clinical and translational science research to remove health roadblocks and find health answers for all people. Through its network of research and community partners, the CTSA Program also improves the research field and helps clinical and translational research trainees learn to address public health needs. Learn about CTSA Program activities and how they are making a difference.

Urgent Public Health Needs

Previous Common Colds Could Boost Risks of More Severe COVID-19
Having a common cold caused by seasonal coronaviruses may cause immune distraction, making some people’s immune systems respond less effectively to SARS-CoV-2 infection and increase their risk of more severe COVID-19.

Learn more about how the CTSA community works to address urgent public health needs.

Developing, Demonstrating and Disseminating Innovations That Turn Science into Medicine Faster

Community Engagement Approach Targets Louisville’s Colorectal Cancer Disparities
An innovative study conducted in partnership with Black churches highlights the need for additional outreach and education to reduce colorectal cancer screening disparities in Black communities. Researchers will apply lessons learned to develop community-based interventions that target disparities in an upcoming study.

Learn more about how the CTSA community works to turn science into medicine faster.

Clinical Research Resources

Nationwide IRB Reliance Agreement Aimed at Speeding Research Reaches 1,000 Signatories
The Streamlined, Multisite, Accelerated Resources for Trials (SMART) Institutional Review Board (IRB) agreement has reached 1,000 participating sites, making it one of the largest medical research study reliance agreements in the United States.

Learn more about the clinical research resources that aid the CTSA community.

Nurturing the Field of Translational Science

CTSA Program Supports Emerging Research on Health Effects of Plastics
An early-career investigator has developed techniques to study how chemicals used in medical devices affect the still-developing hearts of pediatric patients.

Learn more about how the CTSA community nurtures and advances the field of translational science.