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The CTSA Program at NIH

Created in 2006, and currently funded by the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Program aims to facilitate and accelerate the translation of laboratory discoveries into new and better preventive and treatment solutions to improve human health.

At the request of the NIH, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) convened a consensus committee to review the mission and strategic goals of the CTSA Program. The committee’s report, The CTSA Program at NIH: Opportunities for Advancing Clinical and Translational Research, offers key opportunities for action and recommendations to guide the program and ensure future success.

The IOM committee finds that the CTSA program is contributing significantly to advancing clinical and translational research, and recommends a number of revisions that could make the program more efficient and effective and could ensure future successes. If enacted, these changes would help establish the CTSA Program as the national leader for advancing innovative and transformative clinical and translational research.

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region (NN/LM SCR) is home to six CTSA funded institutions. Last year the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, Briscoe Library in San Antonio, Texas and the TMC Library in Houston, Texas each received funding from the NN/LM SCR to promote community engagement and encourage library support of CTSA programs.

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