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UC BRAID program fuels research

Lars Berglund, M.D., Ph.D.

The UC Office of the President and the Clinical and Translational Science Awards programs have launched a new initiative to fuel collaborative research. Known as UC Biomedical Research Acceleration, Integration and Development (UC BRAID), the program aims to harness and focus research in California, accelerating academic partnerships to benefit human health. 

UC BRAID also aims to stimulate ideas that challenge the status quo and overcome the phalanx of barriers that limit biomedical research. For example, investigators face ever-changing regulatory requirements and obstacles in their ability to advance research that improves health while maintaining the highest level of patient safety and privacy. Our aim is to help investigators overcome these difficulties through an improved organizational infrastructure that is supportive while respecting the need for compliance. By sharing experiences and ideas, leaders from the medical centers are seeking UC-wide solutions to advance the potential beyond what any single center can accomplish alone. To date, UC BRAID has established working groups to address methods to streamline contracting practices, IRB review, informatics, drug discovery and development, and metrics to define processes and outcomes of the program.

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