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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Clearing a Path for Others: Native American Research Internship
Education
Jan 22, 2016

Clearing a Path for Others: Native American Research Internship

mentoring, inclusion, health disparities

There is a gaping hole in the biomedical sciences that desperately needs to be filled. Only 0.6 percent of scientists and 0.3 percent of physicians are Native Americans, making them the least represented minority group in these professions. The University of Utah Native American Research Internship (NARI) gives undergraduates the cultural support and training they need to help fill that gap.... Read More

Genomics Tool Aims to Take Guesswork Out of Infectious Disease Diagnosis
Research
Jan 18, 2016

Genomics Tool Aims to Take Guesswork Out of Infectious Disease Diagnosis

A child comes into the emergency room in with fever, coughing, and chest pain. What’s causing her illness? A new type of test promises to take the guesswork out of making an accurate diagnosis and providing appropriate treatment. CCTS KL2 scholar and former VPCAT trainee Robert Schlaberg, M.D., an associate professor of pathology at the University of Utah and medical director at ARUP laboratories, describes the tool, Taxonomer, which classifies the genomes of every microbe in a patient sample. He explains the advantages over current diagnostic methods, and how else the tool may be used in the future. ... Read More

Education
Jan 01, 2016

Foundations in Personalized Health Care Course

our Foundations in Personalized Health Care course (MDCRC 6150) starts on January 11th. This survey course is designed to introduce participants to many facets of the field of personalized health care including pharmacogenomics, ethical and legal issues, economics, campus resources for personalized health, and approaches to personalized health across multiple disciplines. ... Read More

Comprehensive Mentoring Program Builds Foundation for Success
Education
Dec 11, 2015

Comprehensive Mentoring Program Builds Foundation for Success

education, mentoring

An innovative comprehensive mentoring program, the University of Utah Vice President’s Clinical and Translational Research Scholars Program (VPCAT), is fostering successful junior faculty. 92 percent of participants received extramural funding during the two years they were in the program. Moreover, 95 percent have since remained in academic medicine, a stark contrast to the national retention rate of 50 percent. A case study on VPCAT was published in Academic Medicine, on December 8, 2015.... Read More

Research
Dec 04, 2015

Can We Afford Precision Medicine?

Precision medicine may make health care better, but don’t expect it to make it more affordable. Will Dere, M.D., co-director of CCTS and director of the program in personalized health was on a panel discussing the topic.... Read More

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