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South Carolina Clinical and Translational Research Institute

Teresa Kelechi, Ph.D., R.N.

Teresa Kelechi, Ph.D., R.N. is a board-certified gerontological clinical nurse specialist and a certified wound care nurse. Kelechi's translational research involves the use of infrared thermometry to detect the potential for stasis ulcer development in people with chronic venous disorders. She is developing a "smart sock" clinical intervention to prevent and treat venous leg ulcers. (Medical University of South Carolina Photo)

Charleston, South Carolina

Principal Investigator
Kathleen Theresa Brady, M.D., Ph.D., Medical University of South Carolina


The goal of the South Carolina Clinical and Translational Research Institute (SCTR) is to create a sustainable home at the Medical University of South Carolina to advance clinical and translational research as a distinct discipline and facilitate collaboration across other disciplines. The overall approach focuses on implementing advances in biomedical science to create opportunities for discovery; removing barriers to link knowledge, experience and expertise across disciplinary boundaries; providing training and mentoring experiences for clinical and translational researchers with diverse training and backgrounds; and fostering community engagement with a rapidly growing underserved population to improve health outcomes and research participation.

Joining the national CTSA consortium will accelerate progress by facilitating: 1) development and interoperability of biomedical informatics systems; 2) active exchange of best processes and practices in evidence-based medicine and community engagement; 3) advancement of clinical and translational science as a discipline and career path; and 4) shared knowledge, experience and collective influence in setting regional and national research agendas and health policy designed to generate the transformative results envisioned by the NIH Roadmap.

SCTR will bring together scientists, clinicians and the lay community to address diseases that commonly impact the citizens of South Carolina. SCTR will coordinate resources and expertise statewide in efficient, innovative approaches to research. Through SCTR, a new generation of researchers will be trained to work across multiple disciplines in collaboration with community members so that scientific discovery is relevant to the public.

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