Institute of Medicine Report Highlights Opportunities for CTSA Program
Addressing the need of working nationally across institutions to solve major problems facing translation.
In July 2012, at the urging of Congress, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) commissioned a study by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) to evaluate the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) program and recommend possible changes to its mission and operation. The IOM committee, which included input from a broad spectrum of internal and external stakeholders issued its report on June 25. Read the full report
The report includes seven recommendations to build on the successes of the CTSA program, including:
- Strengthen the leadership of the CTSA program by NCATS
- Reconfigure and streamline the CTSA Consortium
- Build on the strengths of individual CTSAs across the spectrum of clinical and translational research
- Formalize and standardize the evaluation processes for individual CTSAs and the CTSA program
- Advance innovation in education and training programs
- Ensure community engagement in all phases of research
- Strengthen clinical and translational research relevant to child health
According to a statement by Christopher Austin, M.D., director of the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), which funds the CTSAs, the recommendations will be implemented immediately.