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April 2007 Issue

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Grant Application on Schedule

Published April 2007

The Academic Health Center's (AHC) application for a National Institutes of Health Institutional Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) is on schedule for the Oct. 24, 2007, deadline. All nine working groups report major progress on their sections of the grant proposal.

AHC leaders met with faculty March 13 to present an update and explain in more detail the planning process, address concerns and challenges, answer questions and lay out the timeline for the remainder of the application period. More than 130 people from UC, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center attended the update.

Joel Tsevat, MD, and James Heubi, MD, codirectors of UC's Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST), highlighted working-group goals and how those specific goals will transform the way research is conducted. Some of the key goals identified by the working groups include:

  • Creating a unified "Researchers Gateway" as a single point of contact for investigators and industry
  • Providing more support for clinical proteomics-a core function needed to further develop the potential for personalized and predictive medicine
  • Creating new, annual pilot project requests for applications for translational research proposals and methods-based research
  • Forming an AHC-wide Infor-matics Steering Committee to oversee all major information technology investment
  • Harmonizing regulatory require-ments across the entire AHC and creating a single community-based institutional review board to support research outside the center
  • Integrating biostatistics, research methods and ethics faculty from across the AHC and its affiliates
  • Creating a recruitment core to enhance enrollment of participants in clinical research
  • Developing novel technologies and resources in areas like drug discovery, proteomics and point-of-care testing

The CTSA will create an academic home for clinical and translational research within the AHC. When combined with other existing clinical research initiatives, funding for the CTSA would total between $7 and $9 million per year over a five-year period. For more information, contact Susan Swearingen of the CCTST at (513) 558-7540 or For more about the CTSA or to view slides and video of the March update, go to

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