VCU Center for Clinical and Translational Research
John N. Clore, M.D., Virginia Commonwealth University
Effective delivery of research that moves from the bench to the bedside to the community requires a transformation of research practice at every level. To accomplish this, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) has established the VCU Center for Clinical and Translational Research (CCTR), a comprehensive matrix center that supports VCU's efforts to strengthen ties with affiliates and community partners to better share resources and respond to community health needs. CCTR facilitates new partnerships and initiatives, extending the university's research base of federal, private and industry sponsors. Combining VCU's existing resources with those of the CTSA award, CCTR supports novel research methods in three areas of strength: substance abuse, women's health and rehabilitation science; pilot funds support innovation and community engagement research in these areas. Through CCTR, researchers benefit from centralized management, web-based data sharing, training and access to a rich array of resources, including biostatistics, ethics, research study and regulatory support. In addition, students can pursue a transdisciplinary education through the center's M.S. and Ph.D. degree programs in clinical and translational science.