Director's Messages

Winter 2016-2017

Obtaining preliminary data is essential to the success of early-stage clinical studies, and is the cornerstone for receiving federal or foundation support for larger scale studies. Last year, the Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute (ACTRI) implemented a Vouchers Program to enable researchers to gather preliminary results for grant submissions. more

Summer 2016

I’m very pleased to announce the opening of our expanded Center for Clinical Research (CCR) at our new home, the Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute (CTRI). This fully staffed clinic includes 18,000 square feet of the first floor and supports a wide range of translational research studies. The CCR opened following a brief gap in operations during the move. The clinic staff did an outstanding job preparing the clinic space for clinical trials and participants. Since opening its doors in June, 276 participants have used the space. more

Spring 2016

I am delighted to announce we will begin moving into our new home, the Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute (ACTRI) building, this spring. We are preparing for this phased move as the finishing touches are being added to the ACTRI. On March 4, under sunny skies, we dedicated the building during a ribbon cutting celebration. more

Winter 2016

I am pleased to announce expanded programs in our Education unit at the UC San Diego CTRI. Our new NIH grant, awarded in August, enables us to develop additional education and training opportunities for a growing workforce. I’m especially pleased about the growth of our successful KL2 program, the addition of the TL1 postdoctoral program, and our launch of new courses and seminars. more

Summer-Fall 2015

I am delighted to announce that the Clinical and Translational Research Institute (CTRI) has received a five-year Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) for about $52 million from the National Center for Advancing Translational Science, part of the National Institutes of Health. The new award recognizes CTRI's success during its initial funding under the CTSA program and the high quality of proposed programs going forward. more

Spring 2015

Increasing the speed and efficiency of clinical research protocols—including multi-center studies—is a key goal of the CTRI. To help launch clinical trials, the CTRI is creating a Rapid Response Trials Team (R2T2) service. more

Winter 2015

I'm delighted to announce that CTRI has been selected as the official Testing Site for the $10M Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE. This global competition is sponsored by the Qualcomm Foundation for teams to develop a consumer-friendly, mobile device capable of diagnosing and interpreting a set of 15 conditions and capturing vital health metrics. Inspired by the medical Tricorder in Star Trek, the XPRIZE aims to bring science fiction to science reality. The XPRIZE mission is to bring about "radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity," which dovetails nicely with CTRI goals. more

Fall 2014

I'm very pleased to announce our launch of UCSD Profiles, a powerful online networking tool that connects researchers with other researchers and encourages the formation of collaborations. The Clinical and Translational Research Institute (CTRI) manages UCSD Profiles, and CTRI Translational Research Alliance Director Deborah Spector leads the project, working closely with staff from CTRI, UCSD's Calit2, and UC San Francisco. more

Summer 2014

I am extremely pleased to announce the July 1 opening of an investigational drug pharmacy at CTRI's Center for Clinical Research (CCR) in our East Campus Office Building. Pharmacy services are critical to the success of clinical trials involving experimental drugs. more

Spring 2014

The CTRI is delighted to announce our collaboration with an exceptional community organization, the San Diego Blood Bank. Through this connection, our shared goal is to enhance CTRI's capacity to provide research resources for CTRI scientists and by enabling the Blood Bank to leverage its infrastructure to further support healthcare. more

Winter 2013-2014

2013 has been an exciting and productive year at CTRI. One of this year's accomplishments – a shared success – was supporting the launch of a new initiative and tool aimed at research data exchange among medical centers. more

Fall 2013

The CTRI is pleased to announce its new "LaunchingPad" program, which collaborates with clinical investigators interested in planning and performing biomarker-based clinical studies... more

Summer 2013

The CTRI biomedical informatics team has been diligently working on the integration between VELOS, the UC San Diego software program for managing clinical trials, and EPIC, the electronic medical records software used by UC San Diego Health Systems... more

Spring 2013

Coinciding with the start of the 4th year of our CTSA funding from the National Center for Advancing Translational Science, a new round of CTRI pilot projects were awarded. The quality and diversity of the proposals submitted for this funding cycle were outstanding... more

Winter 2012-2013

January 10th of this year was a very special, although blustery, day—the CTRI celebrated the groundbreaking for the Altman CTRI Building... more

Autumn 2012

To promote novel and cross-disciplinary translational research, the CTRI supports access to specialized laboratory assays and technology. Often, sophisticated assays require specialized training and instrumentation that is prohibitively expensive for an individual laboratory to buy, maintain, and operate... more

Summer 2012

"But what does the CTRI do, exactly?" People unfamiliar with the Clinical & Translational Research Institute ask me this from time to time... more

Spring 2012

If you haven't visited us in a while, welcome back to all of our colleagues and partners. To newcomers: the CTRI's mission is to help move scientific discoveries to patients as quickly, safely, and efficiently as possible... more