The deans of the five UC medical campuses, in collaboration with the University of California Office of the President (UCOP), have launched an initiative to identify policy changes and areas of collaboration in order to accelerate biomedical research across the campuses. The initiative was named the "UC Biomedical Research Acceleration, Integration, and Development" (UC BRAID) program.

Four initial areas of attention have been identified--Contracting, Informatics, IRB, and Metrics--and working groups have been developed to identify short- and long-term solutions to shared challenges in each of these areas. The groups work diligently to identify policy changes, new infrastructure, or processes that will reduce the barriers to clinical and translational research for each institution, individual researchers, and external partners.

UC BRAID is led by an executive committee of the CTSA Principal Investigators at the San Diego, Los Angeles, Irvine, San Francisco, and Davis campuses. The committee reports to UCOP, and is charged with: 

  • Coordinating activities across the biomedical campuses and at the Office of the President to support acceleration of biomedical research
  • Evaluating priorities for projects that meet UC BRAID program goals
  • Establishing task forces and subcommittees to address priorities
  • Making funding recommendations to the deans and UCOP

For more information, please visit: http://www.ucbraid.org/