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About the UC San Diego Clinical and Translational Research Institute (CTRI)

Overview of Translational Medicine in UCSD Health Sciences Structure of Health Sciences: UCSD Health Sciences comprises the UCSD Health System, professional schools of medicine and pharmacy, and a robust research network that includes internationally renowned faculty (Figure below). The School of Medicine (SOM) includes 17 Departments (such as Medicine, Pediatrics, and Surgery) that serve as the academic home for over 1,000 clinical and research faculty and educate medical students, residents, and fellows. The Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (SSPPS) provides instruction to a new generation of pharmacists with a research emphasis. UCSD has nine Organized Research Units (ORUs), which are multidisciplinary programs that cut across traditional boundaries of schools and departments. The ORUs in Health Sciences include the Clinical and Translational Research Institute (CTRI), the Institute for Genomic Medicine (IGM), the Institute of Engineering in Medicine and the UCSD Moores Cancer Center. Health Sciences faculty also participates in ORUs located on the main campus, such as the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) and the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (CalIT2). The Health System is launching a major expansion with the new Jacobs Medical Center, which will is scheduled for completion in 2015.

The Clinical Translational Research Institute (CTRI) helps researchers obtain the education, resources and collaborations necessary to translate discoveries into practice. The Institute is a partnership among the University of California, San Diego, and other local institutions dedicated to improving human health. To achieve this goal requires collaboration between many groups: academia, industry, non-profit agencies, government, and most importantly the community. Any researcher or individual interested in translational research from any group is invited to become a member of the CTRI.

The CTRI is part of a new national consortium, the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA), and is funded under grants UL1RR031980, KL2RR031978, and TL1RR031979 from the National Center for Research Resources, part of the National Institute of Health.

The mission of the San Diego Clinical and Translational Research Institute (CTRI) is to create an environment that advances health care through interactions between basic scientists, clinical investigators, community physicians, and patients. We intend to address the barriers that inhibit productivity and rapid translation of research progress into new therapies.

Our common purpose is to:

  • Foster innovative research and research partnerships
  • Create and sustain research resources
  • Ensure a translational research pipeline through robust education and career development programs
  • Provide the infrastructure that can act as a laboratory for original translational research

The CTRI serves as the coordinating center for a multidisciplinary educational programs encompassing:

  • Four health sciences professional schools spanning two universities: School of Medicine (SOM at UCSD), Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (UCSD), Nursing (SDSU), and Public Health (SDSU)
  • The Rady School of Management (UCSD)
  • PhD degree programs in Bioinformatics, Clinical Psychology, Public Health (including Epidemiology, Health Behavior, and Global Health), Audiology and Hearing Sciences, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Biostatistics, and Language and Communicative Disorders. Many of these are dual programs with SDSU, which is a minority-serving institution due to its substantial Latino student population
  • Masters of Science degree in Clinical Research (the UCSD CREST curriculum program)
  • The Jacobs School of Engineering, including the new Institute of Engineering in Medicine and the von Liebig Center for Entrepreneurism and Technology Advancement
  • Numerous institutes and centers that support translational research

The CTRI has additional institutional partners including:

  • Our academic medical center and university (UCSD) with four hospitals, UCSD Medical Center including Hillcrest and Thornton, Rady Children's Hospital, and the VA San Diego Health Care System
  • Four biomedical research institutes (Salk, Sanford Burnham, JCVI, and LIAI)
  • A community health group (Palomar Pomerado Health; PPH) with two hospitals (total of 435 beds) and an enthusiastic group of community physicians in the County of San Diego
  • Three interdisciplinary computing resources (SDSC, Cal-IT2, and Division of Biomedical Informatics)
  • A close partnership with the local biotechnology community and their associations. One of these, CONNECT, was founded by UCSD to foster entrepreneurship in the San Diego region by accelerating the growth of businesses in the life sciences. The other key industry organization is BIOCOM, an association representing more than 550 biotechnology companies in Southern California

Together with biomedical doctoral training programs within our institution (Neurosciences, Biomedical Sciences, Molecular Pathology, and Bioengineering), the Physician Scientist Training Program, and the translational CTRI education programs, we are training the next generation of clinical and translational scientists.

Organizational Structure of the UCSD Clinical And Translational Research Institute

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Publications that result from research utilizing any of the CTRI resources should cite the grant as a contributing source of support as follows: 

"This research was partially supported by the Clinical Translational Research Institute (CTRI), University of California, San Diego.  The CTRI has funding from awards issued by the National Center for Research Resources, UL1RR031980, United States Public Health Service.”

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  • Highlights for CTRI members
  • Accomplishments