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About Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute

Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute provides tools, services and training to make health research more efficient at Penn State. It is an advocate for translational science and is a bridge between basic scientists and clinical researchers. The institute encourages collaboration to discover new treatments, medical procedures and ways to diagnose disease.

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 surrounding Penn State and its academic health system, Penn State Health. The institute is one of seven interdisciplinary institutes under Penn State’s Office of the Senior Vice President for Research.

It accomplishes its mission by providing research tools, advanced biostatistical expertise, funding programs to explore unique ideas and a dedicated team to include the community more effectively in 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 program that helps faculty devote more time to their research, promotes collaboration and presents translational research basics.


Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute’s vision is to improve human health, promote collaboration, make the research process more efficient and champion translational research throughout Penn State.


Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute’s long-term vision is to improve human health. It does this by providing the tools and resources needed to promote collaboration between scientific disciplines and conduct research more efficiently at Penn State and abroad. It works with scientists in any discipline who are working on knowledge that benefits human health. It is a partner in the translational science process to help move research discoveries into practical use. It introduces and shares new and improved ways for scientists to conduct their research and shares these methods to its peers to better science. It focuses on rural communities surrounding the Penn State system. It promotes projects and research questions that will better the lives of its neighbors.


Integrity: We act with integrity and honesty, following the highest academic, professional and ethical standards.

Respect: We respect and honor the dignity of each person, embrace civil discourse, and foster a diverse and inclusive community.

Responsibility: We act responsibly, and we are accountable for our decisions, actions and consequences.

Discovery: We seek and create new knowledge and understanding, and foster creativity and innovation, for the benefit of our communities, society and the environment.

Excellence: We strive for excellence in all our endeavors as individuals, an institution and a leader in higher education.

Community: We work together to better our University, the communities we serve and the world.

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