Vanderbilt University Medical Center has been awarded a five-year, $20 million federal grant to coordinate a national consortium that aims to advance biomedical research nationwide.
This Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Coordinating Center grant coincides with the National Institutes of Health’s announcement of five new CTSA awards. Administered by the NIH’s National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), there are now 60 CTSA institutions, including Vanderbilt, in 30 states and the District of Columbia.
“The CTSA consortium will benefit greatly from the expertise that Vanderbilt has shown in facilitating collaborations and in developing and sharing informatics tools, all of which will provide a strong foundation for the coordinating center,” said Barbara Alving, M.D., director of NCRR.
“This award … defines Vanderbilt as a national and worldwide leader in bringing science to the foreground for the public good,” said Jeff Balser, M.D., Ph.D., vice chancellor for Health Affairs and dean of the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.
Dr. Gordon Bernard, director of the Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (VICTR), will serve as principal investigator of the new CTSA Coordinating Center.
“We believe the energy and talent of CTSA teams across the country represent a precious resource, one that is essential to success in accelerating the pathway from discoveries to practice,” Dr. Gordon Bernard said. “Serving the consortium and NIH as CTSA coordinating center gives us a chance to harness that collective energy on a national scale.”
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.
For more information about how CTSA-supported research is translating basic discoveries into improved human health, visit www.ncrr.nih.gov/ctsa and VICTR.