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Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Translational Research

Sandy Yoder

Sandy Yoder, a senior research specialist, works in Vanderbilt University Medical Center's Pediatric Infectious Diseases Laboratory. She uses liquid nitrogen to keep vials at 320 degrees below zero. Yoder is putting away influenza samples obtained in vaccine trials at Vanderbilt. (Vanderbilt University Photo)

Nashville, Tennessee

Principal Investigator
Gordon R. Bernard, M.D., Vanderbilt University


The Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (VICTR) was created to focus on both bench-to-bedside, and bedside-to-practice translation. Vanderbilt intends to remove impediments and release investigators from administrative burdens, produce inspired personnel trained in the bidirectional process of translational research, foster innovation by stimulating contributions from collaborators, and enrich the translational research environment with extensive state-of-the-art informatics tools and expert biostatistics support.

The institute funds also are being used to support a Community Engagement and Research program, which leverages the very strong ties of Vanderbilt to the community. Important to the overall success of the program is a focused partnership with Meharry Medical College. Also involved within Vanderbilt is the Institute for Medicine and Public Health as well as the schools of medicine, nursing, law, business, engineering, Peabody College of Education and Human Development, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development.

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