Heartland Institute for Clinical and Translational Research
Kansas City, Kansas
Richard J. Barohn, M.D., The University of Kansas Medical Center
Lauren S. Aaronson, Ph.D., R.N., The University of Kansas Medical Center
The University of Kansas Heartland Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, known locally as the Frontiers program, is an academic home for clinical and translational research serving Kansas and the greater Kansas City region. The vision of Frontiers is to create a novel and transformative translational research enterprise from bench to bedside to community. Drawing on many years of experience reaching the frontiers of Kansas with educational, research and health care programs, the program supports scientists and actively involves the community so that discoveries and research findings are more rapidly brought to the point of care. Frontiers also promotes innovative public/private partnerships for developing new drugs and devices and integrates patient-centered health and health systems outcomes into evidence-based risk models that inform clinical care. Through these approaches, Frontiers is improving the health of all Kansans, especially those in rural and underserved communities.
The specific aims of Frontiers are to: 1) create a new academic home with innovative training programs for clinical and translational investigators; 2) provide an enhanced coordinated translational research infrastructure; and 3) actively engage the community in developing, testing and disseminating research. The proposed infrastructure and educational programs of Frontiers address the challenges facing clinical and translational investigators by enhancing and integrating existing resources for easier access, developing new innovative resources, and capitalizing on resources residing in research centers across the university and the region.