findings into potential clinical
solutions in humans
Testing initial hypotheses
in early-stage and
multicenter human trials
Translating clinical trial
findings into everyday
Implementing and testing
new clinical solutions at
the population level
T2 photo of Mae Gordon, PhD taken by Gavin Culberston
About the ICTS
Clinical and Translational Science Award - CTSA
The Clinical and Translational Science Award program, funded by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is designed to increase the efficiency and speed of clinical and translational research on the local, regional and national levels.
The NIH CTSA program was established in 2006 and Washington University (WU) received a 5 year CTSA grant on September 17, 2007 that was renewed for 5 years in 2012. In 2011, the CTSA Consortium reached its expected size of 60 medical research institutions located throughout the nation. Members of this consortium share a common vision implemented through five Strategic Goals to work toward improving human health.
Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences - ICTS
To meet the intent of the national CTSA initiative, WU established the Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences (ICTS). By funding some new resources, collaborating with a variety of existing resources and coordinating with the WU central administration to identify various ways to create more efficient processes, the ICTS umbrella covers resources required throughout the development cycle. The ICTS helps ensure that ICTS investigators have access to state-of-the-art research infrastructure, financial support, and education, facilitates translational research, assists in the creation and sustaining of interdisciplinary research collaborations, and helps move research findings from the initial discovery phase into new diagnostics, therapeutics, and prevention strategies to improve human health.
The ICTS leverages partnerships with other local and regional academic, healthcare, and community partners. These elements complement WU core expertise to form this transformational institute designed to help reinvent and reinvigorate clinical and translational research and clinical research training.