January 20, 2010

From the Lab to the Patient

A Tufts institute helps researchers translate their discoveries into better health outcomes

As the biomedical research community works to quicken the pace from when discoveries are made to when they actually help patients, the Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) is playing an increasingly important and helpful role.

Translational research accelerates the movement of laboratory research to clinical trials and ultimately medical practice. CTSI, which was established in 2008, seeks to identify, stimulate and accelerate innovative clinical and translational research within the Tufts community.

A collaboration of organizations founded by Tufts Medical Center and Tufts University, the institute spans all of Tufts’ schools, the university’s affiliated hospitals across Massachusetts and in Maine, several other universities and academic partners, 13 community organizations, health plans and the biomedical and pharmaceutical industry.

CTSI provides an array of services that link scientists and scholars with clinical investigators, policymakers and industry and community leaders, facilitating their collaboration on innovative research.

The institute also offers graduate programs; specialized workshops and seminars; consultation in study design and analysis and in state-of-the-science areas such as novel methodologies, evidence-based medicine and genetics/genomics; and grants to investigators.

For affiliated researchers, CTSI maintains a secure online workspace to register and create their own project website. A 90-minute introductory course on the CTSI web workspace is held the second and fourth Tuesday of every month at 10 a.m. at CTSI’s offices at 35 Kneeland Street on the Boston campus. Register for the course by emailing rtriant@tuftsmedicalcenter.org.

For more information, contact CTSI by visiting http://www.tuftsctsi.org or calling 617-636-2874.

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