"Building research teams of the future to improve human health"

Working together as a national consortium, CTSA institutions share a common vision to improve human health by transforming the research and training environment to enhance the efficiency and quality of clinical and translational research. The CTSA program is supported by the National Center for Advancing Translational Science (NCATS), part of the National Institutes of Health.  The CTSA program has the following overriding objectives:

  1. Provide a comprehensive array of essential tools and services to spark clinical and translational research.
  2. Ensure the training of a well prepared workforce of trainees, staff, and investigators.
  3. Effectively communicate the many tools, services, and training opportunities to ensure innovative translational science advances that will improve human health.

The CTSC provides a wide range of services and tools to assist research teams across the campus and with our affiliated partners:

  • UC Davis colleges, centers, and institutes
  • Community-based organizations and their constituents
  • Industry sponsors
  • Undergraduate and graduate student and their mentors, and trainees at all levels
  • Clinical research coordinators
  • Research administrators

In late 2006, UC Davis was honored to be among the first 12 institutions to receive a coveted NIH Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) marking an important recognition of the rich, collaborative culture at UC Davis. The $24.8 million award provided the foundation for a program that has blossomed since initiation in late 2006. During the years that have followed and the transition to the NCATS, the consortium of CTSA academic research institutions has expanded to 61 and our CTSA partners are currently located in 30 states and the District of Columbia. In 2011, the CTSC successfully competed for renewal and continues to expand our offerings in support translational research.

Initially the CTSC served as an incubator of ideas and a catalyst for partnerships at UC Davis and beyond. Today, the UC Davis CTSC offers a robust toolbox of resources that faculty, trainees, and staff across the scientific and medical spectrum can use to enhance research and improve health and health-care delivery. Whether you are a researcher, industry representative, potential scholar, or member of the community, we encourage you to visit our website and to explore the many services and resources that will benefit you and your colleagues.

The UC Davis CTSC has a matrix organizational structure that is collaborative in nature and reflects program elements and administrative functions. UC Davis faculty and staff serve as program leaders and manage day-to-day operations. For more information about these individuals, click here.

• Lars Berglund, M.D., Ph.D.
• Kitty Lombardo
• Christine Hotz, D.V.M., M.S.

• Mark Yarborough, Ph.D.

Biomedical Informatics
• Nick Anderson, Ph.D.
• Kent Anderson, M.S.
• Sam Morley, M.S.
• Davera Gabriel, R.N.

• David Rocke, Ph.D.
• Heejung Bang, Ph.D..
• Sandy Taylor, Ph.D.

Clinical Research Center
• Ted Wun, M.D.
• Nicole Hansen, R.N., M.S.N.

Community Engagement
• Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, M.D., Ph.D.
• Linda Ziegahn, Ph.D.

Education & Career Development
• Fred Meyers, M.D.
• Nick Kenyon, M.D.
• James Holmes, M.D.
• Julie Schweitzer, M.D.
• Jennifer Greenier, Ph.D.

• Julie Rainwater, Ph.D.
• Stuart Henderson, Ph.D.

Pilot Program
• Alice Tarantal, Ph.D.
• Cristina Davis, Ph.D.

Regulatory Knowledge and Support
• Jack MacMillan, M.D.
• Kate Marusina, Ph.D.

Translational Resources
• Alice Tarantal, Ph.D.
• Cristina Davis, Ph.D.

The activities and direction of the UC Davis CTSC are governed by three distinct oversight committees plus a program evaluation team:

A Steering Committee meets weekly to address operations, strategy, prioritization, infrastructure, and resource management. 

An Internal Advisory Board provides input on CTSC resource allocation and effort.

Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, M.D., Ph.D.
Kent Anderson, M.S.
Nick Anderson, Ph.D.
David Asmuth, M.D.
Lars Berglund, M.D., Ph.D.
Donald Bers, Ph.D.
Klea Bertakis, M.D., M.P.H.
Cameron Carter, M.D.
Fitz-Roy Curry, Ph.D.
Cristina Davis, Ph.D.
Deborah Diercks, M.D., MSc.
Jen Greenier, Ph.D.
Nicole Hansen, R.N., M.S.N.

Sidika Kasim-Karakas, M.D.
Jana Katz-Bell, M.P.H.
John Keltner, M.D.
Nicholas Kenyon, M.D.
Chin-Shang Li, Ph.D.
Kitty Lombardo
Kent Lloyd, D.V.M., Ph.D.
Steve Martinez, M.D.
Kate Marusina, Ph.D., M.B.A.
Samuel Morley, M.S.
Tina Palmieri, M.D.
Julie Rainwater, Ph.D.
David Rocke, Ph.D.

Mary Lou de Leon Siantz, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N.
David Siegel, Ph.D.
Charles Stephensen, Ph.D.
Jeanine Stiles
Alice Tarantal, Ph.D.
Teresa Tempkin R.N.C., M.S.N., ANP
Mark Underwood, M.D.
Barth Wilsey, M.D.
Ted Wun, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Mark Yarborough, Ph.D.
Heather Young, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N.
Linda Ziegahn, Ph.D.

The External Advisory Board meets annually to review the overall program. The outcomes of this meeting are included in the Annual Progress Report.

CTSC External Advisory Board 2015

Michael Becich, M.D., Ph.D.
Chairman, Department of Biomedical Informatics
Professor of Biomedical Informatics, Pathology
Information Sciences, and Telecommunications
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Pittsburgh, PA

Willard Dere, M.D.
Executive Director, Personalized Health
University of Utah Health Sciences Center
Professor, Department of Medicine
University of Utah School of Medicine

Gary Firestein, M.D.
Professor of Medicine
Dean and Associate Vice Chancellor of Translational Medicine
Director, Clinical and Translational Research Institute
UC San Diego Health Sciences
La Jolla, CA

Henry Ginsberg, M.D.
Irving Professor of Medicine
Associate Dean, Clinical and Translational Research
Director, Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
New York, NY

Barbara Howard, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist, MedStar Health Research Institute
Professor of Medicine, Georgetown University School of Medicine
Hyattsville, MD

Julianne Imperato-McGinley, M.D.
Associate Dean, Translational Research and Education
Program Director, Clinical and Translational Science Center
Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Distinguished Professor of Endocrinology in Medicine
Chief, Division of Endocrinology
Weill Cornell Medical College
New York, NY

The CTSC Evaluation team monitors and evaluates the CTSC and its components. This program assesses the impact of the CTSC on clinical and translational research capabilities and on its success in forming the clinical and translational research teams of the future. The evaluation team provides consultation and oversight for CTSC Training Programs including the CTSC T32, MCRTP, K12 and CTSC-affiliated programs, such as BIRWCH. In addition, the Evaluation program provides evaluation services for other programs such as the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, School of Medicine Rural-PRIME (PRograms In Medical Education), and the Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety. For specific information about the Evaluation, contact jarainwater@ucdavis.edu or sthenderson@ucdavis.edu.

CTSC Service and Program Details

The CTSC provides key services to investigators, trainees, and staff to facilitate clinical and translational research. Investigators who wish to include CTSC services and programs in their grant applications may use the following descriptive language. It is important to ensure that the costs of any services needed are obtained in advance of application for your research are included in the budget submitted. The best way to obtain the necessary information for submitted budgets and budget justifications are through an Application for Resource Use or you can contact individual program managers for additional information. Investigators will need a Kerberos ID and provide some basic information in order to process the request.

To see a general description of the CTSC Areas of Focus, please click here.

Boilerplate text for grant applications is provided on the CTSC website. It’s important to discuss your project with the CTSC Research Concierge and/or program manager in advance of submitting a grant application to ensure you get accurate information about resource availability and cost for the budget.

Investigators must cite the CTSC grant in all publications that result from any support received from the CTSC, including the use of CTSC resources:

"The project described was supported by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, National Institutes of Health, through grant number UL1 TR 000002." 

  • TL1 (T32) Scholars add: "and linked award TL1 TR 000133."
  • KL2 (K12) Scholars add: "and linked award KL2 TR 000134."

Note: The NIH requires a Pub Med Central ID (PMCID) for any publications that have benefited from the resources of the CTSC. For any publication listed on an NIH biosketch or publication listing or progress report that is requested by the NIH, please ensure the PMCID number is listed after the reference. NIH will not acknowledge CTSC contributions in any publications without a PMCID number.