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Clinical and Translational Science Center

Clinical and Translational Science Center

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Training future emergency medicine leaders

THE UC DAVIS Clinical and Translational Science Center (CTSC) supports investigators across the UC Davis campus and their efforts to pursue grants for research and training as part of its mission to advance translational research within and beyond UC Davis.

The CTSC recently supported the Department of Emergency Medicine’s successful application for a major grant from NIH’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. The $3.3 million award will train faculty in collaborative, multicenter research to improve the care of critically ill and injured adults and children. UC Davis was one of only six institutions nationwide to receive the prestigious award.
 
“The grant will enhance under-standing and improve the care of acute traumatic injuries and emergent medical conditions, including cardiovascular, hematological and respiratory diseases,” said Nathan Kuppermann, professor and chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine. Kuppermann will lead the program with co-principal investigator James Holmes, professor of emergency medicine and director of the department’s research fellowship training program.
 
“Our focus will be on conducting multicenter research, which is a powerful way to obtain sufficient sample sizes and definitive answers,” said Kuppermann.
 
Kuppermann’s work at UC Davis and as founding chair and a principal investigator of the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN) has earned UC Davis an international reputation for excellence in academic emergency medicine. Through PECARN and other collaborations, he established a network of pediatric emergency departments nationwide that perform high-impact research.
 
The new grant funds the training of five junior faculty members over a two- to three-year period each. The trainees may come from the disciplines of emergency medicine, pediatric emergency medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics and surgery.

“Although the numbers are growing, there are not many emergency medicine and pediatric emergency medicine investigators with rigorous research training who are prepared to lead the next generation of research in our specialty,” he said. “Our goal is to find and prepare these researchers.”
 
CTSC Director Lars Berglund concurs. “This award recognizes a top-tier research program that offers tremendous prestige to the School of Medicine. Through their initiative and innovation, Dr. Kuppermann and his team have orchestrated the development of a research network of the highest caliber and, building on this, developed a first-rate education and mentoring program. I offer my warmest congratulations for this significant milestone, and I am happy that Dr. Kuppermann and his team have fully leveraged the offerings of the CTSC to achieve this national distinction.”