NIH awards $38.2M grant to Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational Science

March 19, 2017

The Washington DC Veteran's Affairs Medical Center is a tertiary care teaching facility that provides acute general and specialized services in medicine, surgery, neurology and psychiatry. The Medical Center brings to the GHUCCTS well-established strengths in clinical research, particularly in areas related to aging, rehabilitation and recovery from trauma, state-of-the-art electronic medical record systems and collaborative ties to other Veteran's Affairs hospitals.

Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational Science Aims

The goal of translational science is to translate laboratory findings into the clinic to benefit patients. One of the aims of the GHUCCTS is to accelerate improvements in human health through innovative and multidisciplinary research. The Center will also stimulate clinical and translational research with underserved populations, in the Washington region and nationally, prominently including minorities, the aged and the disabled.

"The Novel Translational Methodologies component of the Center will connect clinical investigators with collaborators at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in order to apply state-of-the-art technology in supercomputing, nanotechnology, genetics and particle science to medical problems in a manner that will greatly enhance new applications that can be quickly translated into medical practice for the improvement of people's health," says Verbalis.

The Community Engagement and Research component of the Center will ensure community input into research priorities and representation of minority groups in our clinical research studies, thereby ensuring the validity and relevance of our results to our communities, Mellman says.

"This will help our institutions and our community in the Washington area benefit from the generation and application of new discoveries in clinical and translational science," he says.

Another major component of the Center is the career support of clinical and translational investigators through education and mentorship. GHUCCTS institutions will be accompanied by a strong research education, training and career development program that will prepare a new generation of researchers. These programs include a new Clinical and Translational Scholars K12 program and a new master's degree program in clinical and translational science.

The Center's innovative SOAR-Health program will increase the participation of underrepresented minority trainees in clinical and translational research through engagement, recruitment, and training of well-qualified college undergraduates and pre-doctoral students in an innovative specialized summer program.

"We will offer a much wider spectrum of courses, degrees and training opportunities via innovative distance-learning and web-based techniques in clinical and translational research to a greater pool of young investigators and health professions students than would be possible at individual institutions," says Verbalis.

Source: Georgetown University Medical Center