CTSA Program in Action

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The CTSA Program is designed to develop and implement innovative solutions that will improve the efficiency, quality and impact of the process for turning observations in the laboratory, clinic and community into interventions that improve the health of individuals and communities. NCATS amended the CTSA Program goals in response to the recent feedback and the maturation of the existing CTSA Program and will use a variety of mechanisms to achieve these goals (see CTSA Program Funding Information). The CTSA Program Goals are to:

  1. Advance clinical and translational science: develop, demonstrate and disseminate scientific and operational innovations that improve the efficiency and effectiveness of clinical translation from identification to first-in-human studies to medical practice implementation to community health dissemination.
  2. Promote partnerships and collaborations to facilitate and accelerate translational research projects locally, regionally and nationally.
  3. Create, provide, and disseminate innovative research programs and partnerships across institutions and communities to address health disparities and deliver the benefits of translational science to all.
  4. Create and implement scientific and operational innovations that increase the quality, safety, efficiency, effectiveness and informativeness of clinical research.
  5. Provide a national resource for the rapid response to urgent public health needs.
  6. Create, provide and disseminate clinical and translational science training programs for clinical research professionals of all disciplines on the research team.
  7. Create, provide and disseminate clinical and translational science training and career support programs for translational scientists.
  8. Foster the development of the emerging field of translational science.

Read the latest stories highlighting CTSA research teams in action to:

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

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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Promoting Impactful Partnerships and Collaborations

: 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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Addressing Health Disparities

Doctor stands in front of tv screen showing patient Xavier.

Harnessing the CTSA Program to Advance Telehealth

One out of every five Americans lives in a rural area, and many have difficulties accessing health care. To improve rural health outcomes, our CTSA Program is working to address health disparities unique to these areas and promote health equity.

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Providing a National Resource for The Rapid Response to Urgent Public Health Needs

Microscopic image of a mouse brain showing blood vessels, nerve cells and the plaques that are associated with Alzheimer’s disease.

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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Promoting Training and Career Support

A family sits on a blanket coloring pages from the 'Sofia Learns About Research' activity book.

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.

Teaching Children About Translational Science and Clinical Trials

CTSA Program researchers from the University at Buffalo created “Sofia Learns About Research,” a coloring and activity book that introduces children and their guardians to translational science and teaches them about the importance of clinical trials.

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