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CCTS 2020 NOA Campus Announcement

The UIC Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) is proud to announce the award of an additional $22 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Program. This funding will continue to support CCTS activities over the next five years. The PIs of the award are Robin Mermelstein, Ph.D. and Richard Novak, M.D..

The strengths of the CCTS mirror those of the UIC core mission and are reflected in its robust community engagement initiatives. Joanna Groden, Vice Chancellor for Research, is pleased to report this competing renewal received the highest review score possible, clearly an indicator of the exceptional work the CCTS has done and will do in catalyzing translational health research at UIC. Reviewers singled out the Center’s attention to addressing health disparities and meeting the population’s diverse needs from infancy to old age. In these unprecedented times, a focus on health inequities is more important than ever. CCTS looks forward to working jointly with our community partners to explore ways to meet the many and diverse needs of our patient population.

The CCTS will continue to provide opportunities to develop innovative research addressing health issues through pilot funding, mentored career development and support for team science and interdisciplinary collaborations. Its future work will also focus on meeting the needs of local, state and national communities through all stages of the translational research process. Bridging the gap between research faculty working to understand clinical needs and supporting the communities with which they engage, the CCTS provides fundamental research services and tools such as access to clinical data, informatics support, biostatistical support and consultation, and data management tools like REDCap, in addition to mentoring and training.

Since its inception in 2009, the CCTS has promoted clinical and translational research work, developed much needed research infrastructure and provided multidisciplinary training to foster the careers of hundreds of faculty, researchers and staff at UIC. The CCTS looks forward to continuing collaborative and synergistic programs to serve as a catalyst to improve UIC investigators’ ability to address the challenging health problems relevant to our Chicago community with rigor and cultural sensitivity over this next five-year period.



 The University of Illinois at Chicago Center for Clinical and Translational Science is supported by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, National Institutes of Health, through Grant UL1TR002003.