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About Us

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Within Virginia Commonwealth University, the Center for Clinical and Translational Research (CCTR) provides the necessary infrastructure and resources for interdisciplinary human health research.

Through its cores, the CCTR encourages, engages and supports collaborative participation of investigators and students throughout the university, community partners and volunteers in the Richmond region, and government organizations to work together on innovative research that transforms the scientific study of human health.

Researchers from across the university, including the life, physical, computer and social sciences, as well as engineering and economics, are supported by the CCTR. The center serves as an academic bridge from home departments for researchers and offers networking, training, services and access to cores. At the same time, the center builds and nurtures mutually beneficial partnerships with community practitioners, community organizations and patients to enhance the adoption of evidence-based best practices in general clinical practice, delivering improved medical care to the region and advancing discoveries that save the lives of patients around the world.

Our mission statement

The VCU CCTR seeks to advance science and foster partnerships to accelerate translational research for the betterment of human health.

Our vision

The VCU CCTR will catalyze a cultural transformation at VCU evidenced by increased transdisciplinary research across the clinical and translational spectrum. The Center encourages and supports the connection and collaboration of diverse expertise, both within the university and the communities we serve, to advance laboratory discoveries into treatments for patients in Richmond and beyond. By training a new generation of transdisciplinary clinical and translational researchers, the CCTR will ensure this vision is sustained.


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VCU established the Center for Clinical and Translational Research in 2007 to enhance research infrastructure and promote collaboration. In 2010, the CCTR received a $20 million Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) from the National Institutes of Health. The CTSA makes VCU the first academic health center in Virginia to join a national consortium of 60 research centers sponsored by the NIH’s National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS). This network of academic research institutions accelerates the transformation of laboratory discoveries into treatments for patients, engages communities in clinical research and trains a new generation of clinical and translational researchers. Read more »


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