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 University of Utah Health’s 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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CCTS Patient Engagement Studios Provides Critical Input for Back Pain Research
Research
Apr 03, 2017

CCTS Patient Engagement Studios Provides Critical Input for Back Pain Research

community engagement, back pain

Julie Fritz, PhD, a professor of physical therapy and athletic training at University of Utah Health, wanted to understand how patients manage pain, specifically back pain. She listened to the stories of about a dozen patients who deal with chronic back pain. Fritz believes that there is a threshold where patients transition from self-care to seeking help from a doctor. Honing in on this threshold requires a better understanding of what patients deal with a on a day-to-day basis. ... Read More

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
How a Start-Up Found a Dozen Treatments for Rare Diseases Using Robots
Research
Mar 23, 2017

How a Start-Up Found a Dozen Treatments for Rare Diseases Using Robots

Recursion Pharmaceuticals, a Salt Lake City-based start-up, is tapping into advances in machine learning, computer vision and robotic automation to allow software to analyze hundreds of thousands of extremely detailed microscopic images of cells every week in search of treatments for hundreds of rare diseases simultaneously. ... Read More

Translating Science into Action: Finding the Right Antibiotic for a Deadly Infection
Research
Feb 23, 2017

Translating Science into Action: Finding the Right Antibiotic for a Deadly Infection

clostridium difficile, c. diff

During the past few decades, new, hypervirulent pathogens have emerged, capturing the attention of the public, as well as Vanessa Stevens, Ph.D., a research assistant professor in the department of internal medicine at the University of Utah Health Sciences and an investigator at the IDEAS 2.0 Center at the Veterans Affairs (VA) Salt Lake City Health Care System. ... Read More

Internal Medicine
Translating Science into Action: New Treatments for Scleroderma
Research
Jan 23, 2017

Translating Science into Action: New Treatments for Scleroderma

scleroderma

“You can’t do it all by yourself,” said Tracy Frech, M.D., M.S., assistant professor in internal medicine. As part of her early career training in clinical research, Frech began treating patients with scleroderma, an autoimmune disease that involves the hardening and tightening of the skin and connective tissues. ... Read More

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