NIH has announced five new Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSAs). In total, the new awards will provide an estimated $200 million over 5 years to enable health research centers to accelerate scientific discoveries into treatments for patients.
Led by the National Center for Research Resources, the CTSAs help NIH-funded
scientists collaborate nationwide and with other NIH institutes and centers on research that can be applied to a broad range of diseases. CTSA-funded institutions
also work with industry, manufacturers, patient groups and nonprofit organizations to ensure that potentially life-saving new drugs and devices reach the public faster.
“The CTSAs support the innovation and partnerships necessary to bridge the traditional divides between basic research and medical practice,” said NIH director
Dr. Francis Collins. “The combination of resources and collaboration made possible by these awards is essential for developing and delivering new treatments
and prevention strategies.”
Now in its fifth year, the CTSA consortium has generated resources that enhance the efficiency and quality of clinical and translational research such as a searchable
database of potential industry partners to aid scientists seeking public-private
partnerships to take their research to the next level. Another example is a secure web application designed to assist scientific teams with research data collection,
sharing and management.
The 2011 CTSAs expand consortium representation to two additional states—Kansas and Kentucky—extending the network to 30 states and the District of Columbia. With these most recent awards, NIH is funding 60 CTSA institutions. The five new institutions are Pennsylvania State University, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center; University of California, Los Angeles; University of Kansas Medical
Center; University of Kentucky; and the University of Minnesota.
For information about CTSA-supported science advances, visit www.ncrr.nih.gov/ctsa and watch for the CTSA Progress Report 2009–2011: Advancing Scientific Discoveries Nationwide to Improve Health to be published this summer.