As the first academic health center in Virginia to receive a Clinical & Translational Science Award (CTSA), VCU is fostering clinical research collaborations across the state and leading in the translation of research to patient care. The Wright Center works with a national consortium of more than 50 research institutions to accelerate the transformation of laboratory discoveries into treatments for patients, engage communities in clinical research and train a new generation of clinical and translational scholars. The CTSA program is led by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, part of the National Institutes of Health.
In order to maximize the CTSA Program’s impact, the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences is developing and disseminating a set of Common Metrics (CMs) for use by the CTSA Program hubs as a tool for collaborative strategic management. The CM initiative aims to capture data related to important functions and activities of the CTSA Program.
CEREC leverages the resources and knowledge base of nine CTSA-funded institutions across the country to enable the efficient exchange of reviewer expertise to support internal pilot funding programs. Through collaboration, CEREC develops strategies that promote methodological excellence, scientific transparency and innovation, while minimizing conflict of interest in the review process of applications for pilot funding opportunities.
The National Center for Data to Health helps to advance biomedical research informatics and standards to support interoperability, collaborative innovation, and data science training.
The ACT Network is a real-time platform that allows researchers to explore and validate feasibility for clinical studies across the NCATS Clinical and Translational Science Award consortium from their desktops. ACT helps researchers design and complete clinical studies, and is secure and HIPAA-compliant.
The N3C is a partnership among the CTSA Program hubs and the National Center for Data to Health (CD2H) to contribute and use COVID-19 clinical data to answer critical research questions to address the pandemic.