This program leverages resources through the Pilot Translational and Clinical Studies Program, and includes campus partnerships to stimulate translational and clinical research. The Translational Program promotes development of new technologies through novel and established partnerships such as the Capstone Senior Design Course, the Design and Prototyping Clinic, and the New Technologies Summer Camp programs for rising seniors in the engineering sciences.
The overriding objective of the Translational Technologies, Methodologies, and Resources Program is to:
- serve a critical facilitator function,
- encourage investigators to form multidisciplinary partnerships, and
- link investigators with the resources needed to undertake innovative studies.
To implement these objectives, the program provides ready access to campus services and facilities (see Facilities, Cores, and Resources), organizes workshops and symposia with associated calls for pilot projects, and supports local and national translational research initiatives.
- Provides infrastructure to ensure access to necessary tools, services, and resources locally and nationally.
- Uses collaborative workshops and associated pilot project calls to advance research in key thematic areas to enhance human health (e.g., inflammation, lifespan health).
- Encourages inclusion of trainees to foster multidisciplinary translational teams to facilitate career development and to bring new ideas and perspectives to impact human health.
- Encourages team approaches to explore animal models, and supports studies to validate the usefulness of these models for understanding human health and disease.
- Capitalizes on the many links and collaborations developed within the CTSA Consortium to foster and facilitate multidisciplinary national trans-CTSA partnership projects.