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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Staff who work on clinical studies can improve their skills with high-quality training through the DIAMOND portal. The goal of the Development, Implementation, and Assessment of Novel Training in Domain-Based Competencies project is to create well-run clinical trials through well-trained staff.

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

: E. Jennifer Edelman, M.D., M.H.S., and Maricar Pendon, RN, of Yale University School of MedicineOpioids Increase the Risk of Pneumonia

Research, supported in part by the CTSA Program, suggests that opioids can increase a person’s risk for pneumonia that is severe enough to warrant hospitalization.


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

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NCATS-Supported Researchers Find Exercise May Help Protect DNA

CTSA Program-supported researchers who studied older caregivers found that those who exercised had longer telomeres (the caps that protect the ends of DNA). These findings may lead to better health outcomes for older adults as they age.

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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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CTSA Program-supported Study of Ketogenic Diet Intervention in Alzheimer’s Disease Shows Promise

CTSA Program-supported researchers tested the hypothesis that ketones could serve as a source of energy for the brain in people with Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The study found improved brain function in those with mild AD after a three-month ketogenic diet.

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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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