What Is the Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS)?

The CCTS is the home for clinical and translational science in our institution, the state of Utah, and within the Mountain West Region. It builds on the University of Utah Health Sciences’ strengths in genetics and bioinformatics to translate promising bench science into practices that improve human health.

The center serves as an academic home for clinical and translational research, developing innovative health services for the community and health researchers, and training a new generation of clinical and translational investigators. Four foundations of discovery compose the center: Clinical Trials Support, Population Health, Precision Medicine, and Workforce Development, and these foundations provide support for T1 to T4 research.

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Welcoming A New Generation of Native Americans to Medicine and Research
Research, Education
Jun 06, 2016

Welcoming A New Generation of Native Americans to Medicine and Research

mentoring, inclusion, health disparities

With displays of traditional Native American dress and artifacts as reminders of their proud heritage, a group of bright, young students radiated optimism and excitement at the welcome dinner for the Native American Research Internship (NARI), held at the Natural History Museum of Utah. This year, the program is hosting students from 12 tribal nations, 12 states, and 18 universities. While many are newcomers, some have decided to return for their second and even third summers. NARI offers an opportunity for native students to encourage and explore interests in medicine and biomedical research, two fields in which Native Americans are the most underrepresented minority group.... Read More

Pediatrics
Metagenomics Pathogen Detection Tool Could Change How Infectious Diseases Are Diagnosed
Research
May 26, 2016

Metagenomics Pathogen Detection Tool Could Change How Infectious Diseases Are Diagnosed

genome, precision medicine, genetics

Scientists at the University of Utah, ARUP Laboratories, and IDbyDNA, Inc., have developed ultra-fast, meta-genomics analysis software called Taxonomer that dramatically improves the accuracy and speed of pathogen detection. In a paper published today in Genome Biology, the collaborators demonstrated the ability of Taxonomer to analyze the sequences of all nucleic acids in a clinical specimen (DNA and RNA) and to detect pathogens, as well as profile the patient’s gene expression, in a matter of minutes. ... Read More

Human Genetics
Research
May 23, 2016

UUHS Scope Radio interview with Anne Kirby, PhD, a VPCAT scholar

VPCAT scholar Anne Kirby, Ph.D, assistant professor of occupational therapy at the University of Utah explains her search for factors that predict whether autistic teens will succeed on their own as adults, and how parents’ expectations might influence their child’s outcomes. Listen to the interview on The Scope Radio.... Read More

Study Contradicts Belief that Cancer Protects Against Alzheimer’s
Research
May 05, 2016

Study Contradicts Belief that Cancer Protects Against Alzheimer’s

cancer, alzheimer's

Despite studies that claim people with cancer are less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease--raising the possibility that what triggers cancer also prevents the neurodegenerative disorder--a new investigation finds a more somber explanation. Many cancer patients don’t live long enough to get Alzheimer’s. The research, led by investigators at Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah, was published in The Journals of Gerontology: Series B.... Read More

Drug Treatment for Precision Prevention of Colorectal Cancer
Research
Apr 29, 2016

Drug Treatment for Precision Prevention of Colorectal Cancer

VPCAT scholar Jewel Samadder, M.D., led a clinical trial finding a drug treatment that provides precision prevention for this group of high-risk patients. A combination of two drugs, sulindac (COX-2 inhibitor) and erlotnib (EGFR inhibitor), reduces precancerous polyps in the small intestine by 75 percent. ... Read More

Research
Apr 13, 2016

Call for Applications - CCTS KL2 Career Development Award

Applications due April 29, 2016. The purpose of the University of Utah Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) KL2 Mentored Career Development Scholar Award is to support the career development of junior faculty members who have made a commitment to focus their research endeavors on clinical or translational research.... Read More

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