The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently awarded $46.5 million to the
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and its Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CCTSI), a research partnership designed to speed up development of new treatments to address the greatest health needs of Coloradans.
In 2008, the CCTSI was launched with a grant of $76 million—the largest biomedical research and training award in the state’s history. This new five-year award brings the total funding from NIH to the CCTSI to more than $187 million.
“The general public may not know the CCTSI name,” says Ronald Sokol, MD, CCTSI director and professor of pediatrics in the School of Medicine. “But they have probably benefited from the research that has come out of our institute over the past 10 years.” Examples include: A cure for hepatitis C, which was made possible in part by dozens of clinical trials that were conducted by CCTSI investigators in our facilities over the past 15 years. Precision medicine treatments for cystic fibrosis that target the defective protein caused by specific gene mutations and which have transformed the lives of patients. Boosting the rates of health screenings that save lives in underserved Colorado communities, such as urban Latino, urban African American and rural eastern Colorado. Decreased mortality rates in five Denver neighborhoods by developing community-based, culturally responsive approaches to tailor educational programs for cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
“The CCTSI is an engine that has enhanced the research enterprise on the Anschutz Medical Campus for many years,” says
Dean John J. Reilly, Jr., MD, of the University of Colorado School of Medicine. “We are proud of their work and confident they will continue to provide essential support and leadership for the next generation of physicians and researchers.”
Over the next five years, the CCTSI will:
Develop, educate and sustain a diverse translational science workforce to ensure the highest research innovation, quality and safety. Create a translational research environment in which team science and collaboration both locally and nationally are facilitated, supported and valued. Engage local and national communities and stakeholders in all phases of the translational research process. Create novel methodologies and resources to support and integrate research in special populations, including children, the elderly, the underserved and those with rare diseases.
“The grant will further establish the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, and all of our institutional partners, as biomedical research leaders, pioneers and innovators,” says Sokol. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to continue to engage in the full spectrum of translational science to achieve our ultimate goal of getting more treatments to more patients more quickly.”
Guest contributors: Wendy Meyer, CCTSI, and Mark Couch, CU School of Medicine.