D I R E C T O R ’ S M E S S A G E
Lars Berglund, M.D., Ph.D
WELCOME TO THE FIRST ISSUE of CTSC Connections, a newsletter by faculty and staff at the UC Davis Clinical and Translational Science Center (CTSC). Published twice a year, the newsletter aims to raise awareness of the infrastructure, tools and support available for UC Davis investigators and their institutional and community partners to advance research, education and health.
The UC Davis CTSC was established in 2006 as one of 12 inaugural members of a national consortium led by the National Center for Research Resources at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Members of the consortium, which now includes 60 academic research 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 UC Davis CTSC works to reduce the time it takes for laboratory discoveries to become treatments for patients, engage communities in clinical research and train the next generation of scientists who conduct high-impact research. Organized into eight programs, the UC Davis CTSC supports investigators and post-graduate students who are pursuing health sciences research (see list on pages 6-7).
At the national level the NIH is transitioning responsibility to a new entity, the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS). NCATS will re-engineer the process of developing drugs, diagnostics and devices by investing in science that creates powerful new tools and technologies that can be adopted widely by researchers in the public and private sectors. It will oversee the Clinical and Translational Science Award consortium and other NIH programs, extending partnering efforts that will deliver on the promise of translational medicine and complement existing translational research efforts.
The challenge will be to take full advantage of resources and contribute to efforts that will result in improved detection, treatment and prevention of disease. Here at UC Davis, we accept this challenge and look forward to supporting scientists with education, training and research infrastructure.