About the Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute

UC San Diego Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute (ACTRI) advances scientific discovery to improve health – bringing discoveries from the lab to the bedside.

Established in 2010, ACTRI provides infrastructure and support for basic, translational, and clinical research throughout the San Diego region; expedites the translation of discoveries into therapies; and facilitates the training and education of the next generation of researchers. We carry out our activities in collaboration with institutional and corporate partners.

ACTRI now has 1,400 members, with affiliations that stretch across UC San Diego and San Diego State University to the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute and the Salk Institute, to Rady Children’s Hospital and the VA San Diego Health Care System, to nonprofit and biotech/pharma.

We are partially funded by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), through a competitive, five-year Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA), making us part of the national CTSA Consortium. As a member of the consortium, ACTRI, along with the NIH, promotes the emerging nationwide emphasis on clinical and translational research. Our aim is to facilitate the training of tomorrow’s researchers and the expansion of clinical trials, while adding a community voice to the direction and application of such research.

ACTRI is located in the Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute Building at UC San Diego near Thornton Pavilion in La Jolla. This seven-story facility serves as a bridge between UC San Diego’s clinical and research enterprises, and houses ACTRI’s administrative offices, with approximately 50 staff members.

The ACTRI facilitates the research of others by providing assistance with proposal development, study design, regulatory issues and submissions, biostatistics and informatics, and offers ethics consultation, clinical trial coordination, genomics technologies, biorepository services, facilitation with an affiliated laboratory network, and training for medical students and early career investigators. Nearly 200 clinical trials are run through ACTRI every year. The ACTRI does not conduct its own independent research; we exist to facilitate the research needs of our faculty and investigators.

ACTRI has several interactive functional areas that provide resources, services, and guidance to assist researchers with their projects: the Center for Clinical Research (CCR); Education, Training, and Career Development (ETCD); Biomedical Informatics (BMI); Community Engagement (CE); Translational Research Alliance (TRA); Translational Research Technology (TRT); and Evaluation.