South Carolina Clinical & Translational Research (SCTR) will be the
catalyst for changing the culture of biomedical research, facilitating
sharing of resources and expertise, and streamlining research-related
processes to bring about large-scale change in the clinical and
translational research efforts in South Carolina.
Research support service areas
Success Center—Support Center for Clinical and Translational Science
Director—Royce R. Sampson, R.N. The center is the entry portal for SCTR
programs and services. Success links investigators and research team
members to SCTR and other institutional services, cores and programs.
Clinical & Translational Research Support Center (CTRC)
Director—Gary Gilkeson, M.D. The CTRC offers research services in
nursing, body composition, dental services, biostatistical reviews, lab
services, bionutrition, informatics, and study coordination.
SCTR TEACH (Training, Education and Career Home)
Director—Thomas Hulsey, Sc.D. The goal of SCTR TEACH is to increase the
clinical and translational research workforce through the development
of a coordinated, complementary and innovative suite of educational and
mentoring opportunities. SCTR–TEACH will transform our institution by
offering novel methods and approaches to provide an integrated and
flexible research education and career development environment.
Regulatory Knowledge and Support Program
Malcolm, M.D. The program uses a service model, designed to remove
bureaucratic barriers, streamline workflows and smooth the learning
curve, while continuing to uphold the highest standards in the
protection of human subjects.
Biomedical Informatics Program
Sanderson, M.D. The program’s goal is to integrate the informatics
programs of SCTR and HSSC institutions, their medical centers,
physician networks, major healthcare systems and populations across
South Carolina while also providing robust tools for researchers.
Design, Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Clinical Research Ethics (DBECRE) Program
Director—Yuko Palesch, Ph.D. DBECRE will provide a central resource for
SCTR investigators providing access to an extended family of
biostatisticians, clinical trial specialists, clinical research
ethicists, and important research tools for collaborative expertise.
Evaluation and Tracking Program
Director—Dave Murday, Ph.D. The program will use evaluation and quality
improvement processes to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of
clinical and translational research. In addition to collecting,
analyzing, synthesizing, and reporting evaluation and quality
improvement data, the program will work closely with all SCTR Programs
to facilitate their use of data in their scientific efforts.
Research activities areas
Novel Clinical & Translational Methodologies Program
Director—Robert J. Adams, M.D. Novel Methodologies will support SCTR by
consolidating resources, bringing together diverse groups now doing
translational research in South Carolina going beyond academic centers
(“distributed translational research”), improving efficiencies,
enhancing scientific discoveries with special emphasis on speeding the
translation to clinical trials and community application.
Translational Technologies & Resources Program
Director—Charles Smith, Ph.D. The ultimate aim is to develop new
therapeutic approaches and more efficient translation of these
approaches to the community by consolidating resources, improving
efficiencies, and enhancing scientific discoveries.
Pilot Projects Program
Director—Perry V. Halushka, M.D., Ph.D. The program’s goal is to
facilitate new, meaningful clinical and translational research; promote
scientific interactions between basic and clinician-scientists and
between clinician-scientists and the community; also to accelerate the
process from discovery to improved patient care.
Community Engagement and Research Program
Director—Marilyn Laken, Ph.D., R.N. The program’s goal is to build
capacity and collaborative partnerships and alliances that enhance public
trust leading to the expansion of clinical and translational training
and research. The CER Program will lead an innovative, systemwide
effort to strengthen capacity for collaborative research relationships
among academic investigators and community members, community-based
clinicians, and local health care organizations.
MUSC Clinical, Translational Science Award facts
- The largest NIH initiative of the last decade
- Award is $20M during the next five years
- 60 CTSAs will be funded nationwide by 2012
- CTSA is a culture
change in the research environment that will accelerate the translation
of discoveries into improved therapies and clinical practice
- CTSA engages communities in clinical research efforts and trains researchers
- CTSA provides support for all six colleges
- Through the SCTR
Institute, the CTSA provides more research infrastructure support,
better training for researchers, greater access to top clinical trials
and promising new treatments for patients who need them now
opportunities for South Carolina include jobs created directly from the
CTSA; more biotechnology transfer and spin-off companies/ contributions
to the knowledge-based economy taking root in South Carolina
Friday, July 17, 2009