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University of Utah Center for Clinical and Translational Science

Lauren Jones, R.N., Shelley Stanton, R.N., and Donald A. McClain, M.D., Ph.D.

Lauren Jones, R.N., assistant nurse manager (front left), Shelley Stanton, R.N., and Donald A. McClain, M.D., Ph.D., of the University of Utah CCTS, prepare a patient for a positron emission tomography scan as part of a clinical trial.

Salt Lake City, Utah

Principal Investigators
Donald A. McClain, M.D., Ph.D., University of Utah
Carrie L. Byington, M.D., University of Utah


The University of Utah's Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) provides support for all aspects of clinical and translational research, from basic science investigation to studies on implementing research findings in clinical practice. The CCTS builds on the University's historic strengths in genetics and bioinformatics and in developing new approaches to the process of clinical investigation. The CCTS aims to:

  • Provide resources and services to increase the quality, quantity, safety, efficiency and impact of translational research for all conditions.
  • Train, mentor and support the next generation of translational investigators to become principal investigators by offering courses leading to the degree of Master of Science in Clinical Investigation and supporting junior faculty through a KL2 program.
  • Engage in a process of continuous evaluation, improvement and innovation in all of these areas.

The CCTS maintains an inpatient research unit that has been supported by NIH for 50 years, a statistics consultation and support service, initiatives to engage the people of Utah in translational research, and systems for maintaining research data securely with a guarantee of privacy for research subjects. The CCTS will provide special expertise to the national CTSA Consortium in the areas of human genetics, correlation of genetic makeup with disease states, health services research including comparative effectiveness, medical device innovation, and the development of electronic health records as tools for medical care and research.

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