Researchers Gather For Town Hall To Discuss Resources To Support Research
Thomas Buchanan, MD, director of the SC CTSI, led the town hall.
“SC CTSI exists to develop and support research that will lead to improvements in human health. To do that, we have developed tailored resources to support researchers on the front lines of translational discovery and to create a new generation of investigators who focus on translational work,” said Thomas Buchanan, MD.
The SC CTSI supports researchers by providing a variety of critical research resources along the translational research pipeline. Buchanan noted that some of the updated resources include $1 million in annual support for pilot projects; robust pre- and postdoctoral education and mentored career development programs; access to a free, web-based research data management tool called REDCap; an expertise discovery and research networking tool called USC Profiles; and two robust clinical trials units—one at USC and another at CHLA.
The institute also offers investigators in diverse research fields easy access to expert advice at every stage of a study. Faculty and senior staff at USC and CHLA serve as consultants and help researchers with their projects. Service areas include biostatitistics, bioinformatics, designing and conducting human studies and trials, data management, research ethics, regulatory knowledge and support, preclinical translation of discovery, team building, community-engaged research, and more. View all
In April 2010, the SC CTSI received a five-year, $56.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to create more direct links between biomedical research and new approaches to health and health care. The SC CTSI places particular emphasis on research that can improve health in diverse urban populations.