Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute accelerates discoveries to benefit human health. It is a bridge between basic scientists and clinical researchers and promotes collaboration to discover new treatments, medical procedures and ways to diagnose disease. It helps the Penn State community move its health research more efficiently and effectively out of the science laboratories and into use by the people who need it.
The Institute was established in 2007 and is a member of the National Institutes of Health Clinical and Translational Science Award Network (Grant: UL1 TR002014). It is one of three network members in Pennsylvania and focuses on the health needs of the rural communities that surround Penn State and its academic health system, Penn State Health.
It accomplishes its mission by providing research tools, advanced biostatistical expertise, funding programs for exploration of unique ideas and through a dedicated team for including the community more effectively into research. The Institute also trains the next generation of translational and clinical scientists. Through Institute programs, Penn State has several opportunities for its medical and graduate students, including a dual degree in clinical and translational science. The Institute also invests in Penn State’s early-career scientists through a scholar program that helps faculty devote more time to their research while promoting collaboration and presenting translational research basics.
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- Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Research Design
- Community Engagement
- Community Sciences and Health Outcomes
- Regulatory Support and Ethics
- Teams and Collaboration
- Data discovery
- Data storage
- Recruitment and Retention
Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute supports a number of funding opportunities throughout the year, and shares information on other University funding available to investigators.
The Institute offers a number of educational programs to students and investigators.
Networking and Collaboration Opportunities
Many Institute events offer a space for networking and collaboration. Coming events are listed here.
A variety of teams, advisory boards and committees support Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute.
The ultimate question regarding any medical research is whether it addresses a real need and improves people’s lives by preventing, curing or improving the outcomes of disease.
Translational science is about “translating” new knowledge into health benefits through collaboration and across a variety of scientific disciplines.
The Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) Network is made up of about 60 medical research institutions across the United States.
Funded by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), a part of the National Institutes of Health, it develops innovative solutions to improve the efficiency, quality and effectiveness of turning discoveries in the laboratory, clinic and community into interventions that improve individual and public health.