Goal 1: Train and Cultivate the Translational Science Workforce

Group of doctors in the hallThe CTSA Program is designed to strengthen and support the entire spectrum of translational research from scientific discovery to improved patient care. Read the latest in CTSA Program training news.

June 2020

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.

November 2018

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.

October 2018

CTSA Program Supports Early Development and De-Risking of Innovative Heart Valve Technology
Through a pilot grant to a researcher at the University of California, Irvine, CTSA Program support enabled the early development and “de-risking” of an innovative, durable device that may help patients avoid complications of heart valve replacement.

September 2018

CTSA Program Researcher Studies Barriers to HIV Prevention
At Washington University in St. Louis, a CTSA Program hub, Rupa R. Patel, M.D., M.P.H., a KL2 Mentored Clinical Research Scholar, is studying the barriers that keep young adults from obtaining an HIV intervention called pre-exposure prophylaxis.

August 2018

CTSA Program Study Shows Eating Earlier Can Improve Health
University of Alabama at Birmingham investigators, supported in part by a CTSA Program Mentored Clinical Research Scholars training grant, have discovered through a small, rigorously controlled trial that eating all meals by midafternoon and fasting the rest of the day can improve blood pressure and insulin sensitivity, even without weight loss. 

March 2018

CTSA Program Scholar Learns New Research Approaches Through Externship
Through the NCATS-Eli Lilly externship, CTSA Program Scholar Josephine Taverna, M.D., learns new approaches to drive her research forward.

January 2018

NIH Collaboration Leverages CTSA Program for Research Mentoring
NCATS’ Clinical and Translational Science Awards Program is collaborating with the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research to provide oral, dental and craniofacial scientists with translational research training opportunities early in their careers.

CTSA Program Fosters Next Generation of Translational Scholars
NCATS’ CTSA Program fosters the next generation of translational science scholars by providing trainees with needed skills, knowledge and core competencies.

September 2017

CTSA Program Collaboration Aims to Improve Brain Cancer Drug Testing
CTSA Program-supported scientists work to develop novel technique to test drugs against the most common form of brain cancer, glioblastoma multiforme.

August 2017

NCATS-Supported Study Shows Lipoic Acid May Benefit Multiple Sclerosis Patients
Rebecca Spain, M.D., M.S.P.H., a Clinical and Translational Science Awards Program scholar at Oregon Health & Science University, found evidence suggesting that an over-the-counter antioxidant, lipoic acid, can help multiple sclerosis (MS) patients.

July 2017

CTSA 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.

June 2017

NCATS and Eli Lilly Collaborate to Bridge Cultural, Research Divide
NCATS and Eli Lilly partnered on the NCATS-Eli Lilly scholars externship program, which pairs scholars, trainees and investigators from NCATS’ CTSA Program with an Eli Lilly project team for up to one year.

April 2017

CTSA Program Mentoring Paves Way for Brain Cancer Therapy
CTSA Program mentoring support sparked an interdisciplinary translational research team that developed a potential therapy for brain cancer. 

CTSA Program Support Helps Talented Investigators Re-Establish Careers
CTSA Program support helped Anandi Krishnan, Ph.D., get back into a research career after taking a leave of absence to care for her child.

March 2017

From ER Physician to Translational Scientist via CTSA Program Support
The CTSA Program hub at the University of Florida helps bridge the gap between clinician and clinician-scientist, allowing ER physician Faheem Guirgis, M.D., to create a study for sepsis patients.

July 2016

CTSA Program Scholar Receives Prestigious NIH Grant
CTSA Program scholar Ying Liang, M.D., Ph.D., received her first NIH Research Project Grant to investigate the role of a protein called latexin in preventing cancer therapy-induced stem cell damage. Liang credits NCATS’ CTSA Program training support as being instrumental in her success.

April 2016

CTSA Program-Supported Researcher Is Translating Laboratory Discoveries into Better Hearing for Cochlear Implant Patients
CTSA Program support is helping Suhrud Rajguru, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the University of Miami Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Otolaryngology, improve cochlear implant surgery.

January 2016

Former CTSA Program Scholar Develops Interactive End-of-Life Decision Tool
Ronald L. Hickman, Jr., Ph.D., RN, ACNP-BC, FAAN, an associate professor at Case Western Reserve University’s Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing and an acute care nurse, is applying the knowledge and guidance he gained as a CTSA Program Clinical Research Scholar to help develop a new tool called Interactive Virtual Decision Support for End of Life and Palliative Care.

November 2015

Training Investment Supported by CTSA Program Enables Thirty Million Words® Initiative
Through a CTSA Program-supported KL2 Career Scholar Award, Dana Suskind, M.D., a professor of surgery and pediatrics and director of the pediatric cochlear implant program at the University of Chicago Institute for Translational Medicine, leveraged her expertise and research background to establish the Thirty Million Words® Initiative.

August 2015

White House Announces NIH Expansion of Innovation Corps Training Opportunities
On Aug. 4, 2015, the White House announced that NIH is expanding its Innovation Corps (I-Corps™) training program to speed the commercialization of biomedical technologies developed with federal small business funding. The I-Corps “train-the-trainer” program will be offered to up to 10 institutions supported through the CTSA Program.

December 2012

CTSA Program Training Enables Research on the Effects of Antibiotics on Body Fat
Ilseung Cho, M.D., M.S., of the New York University School of Medicine, attests that his school’s CTSA Program support has made crucial and ongoing contributions to his professional growth and achievements.