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Advances at the Clinical and Translational Science Institute
The push to translate scientific discoveries into preventive interventions, diagnostic procedures and treatments for patients is stronger than ever before, as the NIH announced at the close of 2010 that it is considering realigning its resources to establish a new center devoted to advancing translational sciences.
As one of the first class of Clinical and Translational Science Award recipients, the University of Rochester remains ahead of the pack in translational research. In 2010, the Clinical and Translational Science Institute, developed with funding from NIH, continued to assemble the resources and people needed to design clinical trials, recruit participants, collect and evaluate data and collaborate with industry and other partners to get meaningful therapies to patients and communities faster than ever before.
- Essential to the translational research process is the new Center for Human Experimental Therapeutics (CHET). Launched in March 2010, the center is the first university-based program designed to address a critical juncture in the process of developing new treatments – the movement of research from the lab into the first human clinical trials. The center will help academic and industry scientists answer difficult yet fundamental questions about their early-stage research, including whether or not an intervention is safe, feasible and targets the intended mechanism.
- The Research Navigator Program, also introduced in 2010, is akin to a “research help desk,” created to guide researchers through the planning and operation of a clinical trial. The program provides web-based materials, such as customized checklists of activities, timelines and links to required forms and policies. It also offers personalized assistance, including consultations with experts in specific disciplines and referrals to potential collaborators.
The advances of 2010 and research moving forward in 2011 will be propelled to a new level with the completion of the Clinical and Translational Science Building in spring 2011. Since construction of the building began in the summer of 2009, tremendous progress has been made. The new building will bring together several clinical and research programs, creating an environment that cultivates the translational research process more so than ever before.