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Clinical and Translational Science Institute Receives NIH Renewal

CHORI is pleased to announce that Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland's Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) clinical research program has received renewed funding for another five years as part of the University of California, San Francisco's (UCSF) CTSI program.

"The Clinical and Translational Science awards are provided through the National Institutes of Health, or NIH, and are incredibly competitive," explains Laurie Schumacher, MPH, PhD, the Associate Program Director of Children's CTSI Clinical Research Services.

“We are very proud to be a part of the UCSF CTSI program, which competes against the major top research institutes in the country.”


The NIH has funded infrastructure units that provide dedicated clinical space, research personnel, study coordinators, and administrative services to support NIH-funded research throughout the nation for many years. In 2006, however, the NIH revamped their program and renamed it the Clinical and Translational Science Award.

"The idea was to take the original program and revise it in such a way that it gave universities, like UCSF, more freedom to use these funds in order to create a broad and interdisciplinary academic home for clinical research," says Dr. Schumacher.

Children's research program represents one aspect of UCSF's total CTSI enterprise, and is focused solely on providing clinical research services.

"As a dedicated facility, we have four clinic rooms, research nurses, a research processing laboratory and study coordinators. We currently run about 40 active protocols, with 23 different investigators utilizing our resources," says Dr. Schumacher.

The CTSI clinical studies at Children's cross many different research areas, from sickle cell disease and thalassemia, to diabetes, neurology and vaccines, and involve interdisciplinary collaborations between CHORI scientist and hospital clinicians.

"The research we do here is diffused and integrated throughout both the hospital and CHORI," says Dr. Schumacher.
“The success we have as an affiliate of the UCSF CTSI is the result of a dynamic interchange between the CHORI research arm and the hospital's clinical arm. Children's CTSI clinical research program is the living representative of this collaboration, providing the essential resources and central hub that makes this collaboration possible.”
Now that the USCF CTSI has received funding through 2016, Children's CTSI research program can continue to provide the critical research support that underpins Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland's world-renowned reputation in clinical research.

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