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Dr. Petra Kaufmann Video Interview: Clinical and Translational Science Awards Program

April 10, 2015
Petra Kaufmann, MD, MSc, Director of the Division of Clinical Innovation at the National Institutes of Health, recently joined us in the BIO Buzz Center to discuss streamlining clinical trials through the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Program.

As part of NIH’s National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), the CTSA program is designed to address the development and implementation of national standards and best practices for the full range of translation, from basic discovery to clinical and community-engaged research. The program supports a national network of medical research institutions collaborating to transform how clinical and translational science is conducted nationwide.

NIH launched the CTSA program in 2006 to create academic homes for clinical and translational research; provide investigators and research teams with research cores, tools and a local environment that encourages and facilitates the conduct of clinical and translational research, including with community and industry partners; and train the scientific workforce needed for the translational sciences.

Currently, about 60 medical research institutions in 30 states and the District of Columbia receive CTSA program funding to improve clinical and translational research nationwide. CTSA hubs are forming a national network to overcome barriers to participant recruitment for clinical trials. In addition, the CTSA consortium is working to remove or minimize common translational barriers, such as those involved in institutional review board (IRB) approvals. Improving this process could ease the burden on investigators, encourage more multisite studies and obtain trial results faster.

In this video interview, Dr. Kaufmann provides an overview of the NCATS and CTSA programs, current challenges with clinical trials, and how the CTSA program is evolving to address these challenges.

In addition, Dr. Kaufmann shares her insights on the potential long-term benefits that we might anticipate — to industry, our healthcare system, and to patients and their families (5:06), as well as the transformative role of informatics (6:15).

For more information, visit the NCATS website at

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