Issue #1 (October, 2011)
Welcome from the Director
This is our first edition since receiving the prestigious $27.3 million, five-year award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for our CTSI (Clinical and Translational Science Institute). The CTSA grant funding started on June 1 and runs through February of 2016. This award is designed to accelerate the translation of scientific discovery into methods for improving public health. Penn State’s CTSA funding not only demonstrates the excellence of translational science at our university but also points to a bright future for clinical and translational science at our university. This accomplishment is a tribute to all who contributed to the application.
A key theme of the CTSA Program is “collaboration” and this newsletter will offer regular updates and resources to CTSI members/partners and the public. These resources will enable and enhance collaborations across the university and the community.
We will ‘spotlight’ one of the nine CTSI key functional areas in each issue beginning with Tracking and Evaluation. It is important to assess where we began and the progress we are making toward our scientific goals.
In addition to our ‘Spotlight’ feature, all editions will include information on the Education and Training initiatives of our CTSI. Providing education and training to the next generation of clinical and translational scientists is crucial to our CTSI. Nearly one third of the funds awarded by NIH are reserved for these educational programs.
Since the award was funded in June 2011, we have begun to operationalize our administrative structure and research processes. We have improved our website (www.ctsi.psu.edu) and have worked to provide additional tools for researchers. Over the next several months, we look forward to expanding the number of research tools, expanding our community interactions, and increasing our educational opportunities.
Again, I want to thank all those who were involved in the CTSA planning and application process. This is an exciting time, a time in which NIH funding will afford us an opportunity to enhance discovery and improve human health.
Inside this edition of CTSiConnect:
- Features updates on the next monthly Evaluation Key Function Committee (KFC) meeting; the finalization of the CTSA Logic Model; and the new evaluation white paper developed by the KFC.
- Learn more about “Predicting Ipsilesional Motor Deficits in Stroke with the Dynamic Dominance Model,” a pilot project co-funded by the CTSI and Huck Institutes for the Life Sciences.
- Highlights the methods and goals of the new Tracking and Evaluation Program.
- Provides information about the two CTSI-sponsored programs whose mission is to broaden the base of clinical and translational research trainees: the KL2 program, and the TL1 program.