University of Florida Clinical and Translational Science Institute
David Robert Nelson, M.D., University of Florida
To speed the translation of basic science discoveries to early investigations in humans and the translation of clinical research into better medical practice and health care delivery, the University of Florida (UF) has invested in new research and training resources and restructured its traditional reporting, research and training operations to create the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI). The institute will provide the intellectual home for clinical and translational research and training, integrating and synergizing the scientific and educational activities of 12 colleges, two academic and clinical campuses, two regional health care systems and Florida's 67 counties.
CTSI aims to: 1) create an environment through which individuals from diverse disciplines can interact; resources, services and technologies can be identified and accessed; and local and regional barriers to collaborative research can be overcome; 2) train a workforce of clinical and basic science investigators, clinical trialists, laboratory technicians, study coordinators and other personnel required to establish and support multi- and interdisciplinary clinical and translational research teams; 3) enhance the quality and availability of cutting-edge technologies and novel research programs to accelerate discovery, development and application of diagnostic and therapeutic modalities; and 4) create opportunities for clinical scientists and Floridians to collaborate in advancing education and research into the causes, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure of human disease.
CTSI will enable UF to transform how it conducts multi- and interdisciplinary clinical and translational research and training and how it engages citizens across Florida in community-based participatory research, education, health care and health care delivery.
Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute
José Szapocznik, Ph.D., University of Miami
In a community with approximately 80 percent racial/ethnic minorities, members of the Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) work together to drive scientific discovery and its translation into evidence-based practices that improve the health of South Florida. The University of Miami, Jackson Health System and Miami VA Healthcare System, all partners in the institute, are prepared to assume a leadership role in the rapidly evolving field of translating research findings to diverse populations. Unique among CTSA institutions, the Miami CTSI is co-funded by the NIH National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities and headed by a minority investigator dedicated to research with racial/ethnic minorities. The Miami CTSI is dedicated to making significant contributions in minority health and health disparities and in training underrepresented minorities in clinical and translational research. Involving the larger Miami community in a transformational process, the Miami CTSI is building a visionary, far-reaching research enterprise that encompasses internationally-renowned clinical services for 1.6 million patients unmatched in cultural diversity; world-class research in areas of highly-visible public concern, such as child health, obesity, diabetes, drug abuse, HIV, spinal cord injury, cancer and eye disease; globally-recognized ethics programs that house the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative human subjects protection training program; pioneering medical training initiatives throughout the hemisphere; and a nationally-recognized 35-year record of exemplary community engagement and research. Fundamental to accomplishing the Miami CTSI's mission is the orchestration of research programs, services, resources and training in novel ways that foster excellence in discovery, innovation and translation; elevate research ethics; promote collaboration among diverse disciplines; and build full research partnerships with diverse communities.