About Us

The Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute Video

The Clinical and Translational Research Institute (CTRI) at UC San Diego advances scientific discovery to improve health – bringing discoveries from the lab to the bedside.

Established in 2010, the CTRI provides infrastructure and support for basic, translational, and clinical research throughout the San Diego region; expedites the translation of discoveries into therapies; and facilitates the training and education of the next generation of researchers. We carry out our activities in collaboration with institutional and corporate partners.

The CTRI now has more than 1,200 members, with affiliations that stretch across UC San Diego and San Diego State University to the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute and the Salk Institute, to Rady Children’s Hospital and the VA San Diego Health Care System, to nonprofit and biotech/pharma.

We are partially funded by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), through a competitive, five-year Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA), making us part of the national CTSA Consortium. As a member of the consortium, the CTRI, along with the NIH, promotes the emerging nationwide emphasis on clinical and translational research. Our aim is to facilitate the training of tomorrow’s researchers and the expansion of clinical trials, while adding a community voice to the direction and application of such research.

The CTRI is located in the Altman CTRI Building at UC San Diego near Thornton Hospital in La Jolla. This seven-story facility serves as a bridge between UC San Diego’s clinical and research enterprises, and houses CTRI’s administrative offices, with approximately 50 staff members.

The CTRI provides assistance with proposal development, study design, regulatory issues and submissions, biostatistics and informatics, and offers ethics consultation, clinical trial coordination, genomics technologies, biorepository services, facilitation with an affiliated laboratory network, and training for medical students and early career investigators. Nearly 200 clinical trials are run through the CTRI every year.

The CTRI has several interactive functional areas that provide resources, services, and guidance: the Center for Clinical Research (CCR); Education, Training, and Career Development (ETCD); Biomedical Informatics (BMI); Community Engagement (CE); Translational Research Alliance (TRA); Translational Research Technology (TRT); and Evaluation.