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UC San Diego receives major clinical and translational science award
Date:7/14/2010

in real-world needs and expectations, said Gary S. Firestein, MD, professor of medicine, dean of translational medicine at UC San Diego's School of Medicine and director of CTRI.

"The institute will produce not just outstanding science, but also translate the discoveries into improved health care, enhanced well-being and prevention," said Firestein who is also the principle investigator of the CTSA grant. "We are bringing together the best people possible, from diverse disciplines and institutions, to work in an open, flexible and dynamic environment that allows them to fully bring their talents and strengths to bear upon the health care needs and problems of the day."

The institute emphasizes five primary goals:

  1. Establish and refine a multidisciplinary educational pipeline that trains and supports clinical and translational scientists in a fast-changing field

  2. Develop a robust and integrated clinical research infrastructure that includes research tools and cores like statistics and informatics to produce and analyze data

  3. Create novel technologies that improve research and push science forward, in particular focusing on new imaging techniques and biomarker analysis to improve efficiency of testing innovative therapies

  4. Form innovative translational research alliances with other institutes and with industry

  5. Establish partnerships with community physicians and the public to translate scientific discoveries into best practices, improve research into health care disparities, and engage and educate citizens in biomedical science

Success will come with plenty of help. CTRI involves four professional schools of health sciences spanning two universities: the School of Medicine and the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at UC San Diego and the School of Nursing and School of Public Health at San Diego State University (SDSU).

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Contact: Scott LaFee
slafee@ucsd.edu
619-543-6163
University of California - San Diego
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