A $7 million award from the National Center for Advancing Translational Science (NCATS) will support a wide range of activities to strengthen clinical research at the University of Iowa, engage communities and other stakeholders in Iowa research to improve health, and promote a robust and diverse translational workforce.  

The award to the UI Institute for Clinical and Translational Sciences (ICTS) is a renewal of a Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA).

Daniel A. Reed, UI Vice President for Research and Economic Development, said the award reflects the university’s ongoing commitment to turning research insights into more effective health care and to translating those ideas into vibrant, successful companies and high paying jobs in Iowa.

“It is a wonderful example of the end-to-end partnership that couples research, health care delivery, technology transfer and economic development,” Reed said.

The ICTS, which first received CTSA funding in 2007, is one of 62 institutions nationally that are funded through the initiative and that form an integrated network to transform the conduct of clinical research in the United States. The consortium works to accelerate the translation of research findings into routine medical practice.

“We are proud to remain a contributing member of the national CTSA consortium and work with other institutions to promote innovation in the clinical research process,” ICTS Director Gary Rosenthal, M.D., said. “The award represents the culmination of a tremendous amount of planning and hard work by faculty and staff from across the university.”

Rosenthal said he’s particularly excited about several new ICTS activities to engage rural populations, to facilitate recruitment into clinical trials, and to promote "big data” predictive analytics that integrate electronic medical record and other healthcare data. 

The Iowa Board of Regents established the ICTS in 2007 to lead the development of translational science at the University of Iowa, advance translational science as a distinct academic discipline, and disseminate efforts and advances in translational science across the state of Iowa. Translational science involves conducting research that provides useful results for the population being studies.  Translational science is used to quickly “translate” research findings into medical applications, such as diagnoses, treatments, and prevention. 

For more information, visit www.icts.uiowa.edu.