Good News for Translational Researchers in the UC System

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November 29, 2012 - Clinical and translational investigators at UC San Diego, and at the other four UC health sciences campuses, should be happy to hear about the $700,000 award recently obtained by University of California Biomedical Research, Acceleration, Integration & Development (UC BRAID). UC BRAID is a consortium of UC Davis, UC San Francisco, UCLA, UC Irvine, and UC San Diego dedicated to facilitating research collaborations amongst the campuses. The award was provided by the Office of Research and Graduate Studies in the University of California Office of the President for UC BRAID’s proposal “Catalyzing, accelerating, and reducing barriers for health research across the UC system”.

The two-year award commences December 1, 2012, and will support five main projects: (1) Contracting: Faculty Research Consulting Program; (2) Contracting: Process improvement; (3) Institutional Review Board: Streamlining of IRB review process for clinical studies involving stem cell therapies; (4) IRB: Expanding the use and enhancing the capacity of systemwide MOU and the web-based MOU tool; and (5) Administrative Support: Overseeing and coordinating BRAID initiatives.

The chairmanship of the UC BRAID Executive Committee, a rotating position, has recently been assumed by Gary S. Firestein, MD, Director of the UC San Diego CTRI, and Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean, Translational Medicine. UC San Diego is also the lead institution for the award. For updates, please check back here or at www.ucbraid.org.

About UC San Diego Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute:

UC San Diego Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute (ACTRI) is part of a national Clinical and Translational Science Award consortium, led by the National Institutes of Health National Center for Advancing Translational Science. Established in 2010, ACTRI provides infrastructure and support for basic, translational and clinical research throughout the San Diego region to bring discoveries from the laboratory to the bedside, and facilitates training and education of the next generation of researchers. ACTRI carries out its activities in collaboration with institutional and corporate partners and currently has more than 1,425 members.

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