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

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CTSA Program Researchers Study How Robots Can Help Chronically Sick Children Attend School

The CTSA Program enables a multidisciplinary team of technology and child development experts to study and evaluate how using robots in the classroom could better connect ill children with their teachers and peers, as well as improve learning.

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

Barber taking a customer’s blood pressure in a barbershop.CTSA Program Researchers Partner with Barbershops to Cut High Blood Pressure

Black men are more likely to die from complications of high blood pressure than any other group in the U.S. To tackle this disparity, researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and the University of California, Los Angeles, a CTSA Program hub, are pairing pharmacists with barbershops to help prevent heart attacks and strokes.

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

Evan Muse, M.D., Ph.D., giving a presentation.

CTSA Program Researchers Advance Heart Condition Study Through Precision Medicine and Digital Health 

Researchers at the Scripps Translational Science Institute in San Diego, a CTSA Program hub, are working to address the challenge of diagnosing atrial fibrillation, a common heart condition with complex causes. The team’s efforts can ultimately help advance precision medicine approaches to preventing and diagnosing other types of complex diseases.

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

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A Model for Accelerating Translational Research in Real Time

Investigators from the CTSA Program hub at the Medical College of Wisconsin have devised and piloted an innovative approach called Real-Time IRB that reduces the time between study submission to the institutional review board and final approval by 70 percent.

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Goal 5: Advance the Use of Cutting-Edge Informatics

A 3-D stretchable electronics device next to a U.S. dollar coin. (University of California, San Diego Photo/Zhenlong Huang)

NCATS-Supported Research Shows Promise for Stretchable, Wearable Electronics

Researchers at the Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute, a CTSA Program hub at the University of California, San Diego, overcame technological hurdles and found a way to make stretchable electronics in 3-D. This advance could open up new diagnosis and treatment possibilities, such as measuring heart signals, tracking eye movements or controlling a robotic limb.

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