CTSI-CN Overview

In July 2010, Children’s National was awarded a prestigious Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) grant from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), to establish the Clinical and Translational Science Institute at Children’s National (CTSI-CN).

The CTSI-CN recognizes the outstanding strengths in clinical and translational research in our investigative community that includes Children’s National, the Children’s Research Institute, the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, as well as diverse Schools and Programs at The George Washington University, our partner in this CTSA-funded program.

In December 2011, the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) was dissolved and its programs were re-assigned to several NIH Institutes and Centers. The CTSA program was assigned to the newly established NCATS.

Informed by new guidelines from NCATS and our recent Strategic Planning process, we have accelerated our progress in optimizing the research infrastructure that supports clinical and translational research at Children's National and our partner institution. These investigations span the spectrum from preclinical investigations to bench-to-bedside translation to community implementation. The CTSI-CN connects the research community and provides investigators with access to a broad array of resources and services; training for the next generation of researchers and research teams; and community partners to develop/implement clinical and translational research studies.
Figure 1

As outlined in Figure 1, the working “units” of the CTSI-CN support this overall mission through an integrated network of components and programs. These resources are organized to optimize success achieving our five strategic priorities:
  1. Enhancing the research infrastructure
  2. Promoting investigator education, training and career development
  3. Accelerating discovery across the T1 interface
  4. Building community partnerships
  5. Expanding value-added partnerships
CTSI-CN provides members with access to:
  • Education opportunities such as career development support, training opportunities, seminars, and symposia
  • Research resources that include free consultations for CTSI-CN services, reduced rates for NIH-sponsored and pilot research support, letters of support for grant applications
  • Collaboration opportunities to participate in interdisciplinary research and exposure to national opportunities available through CTSA institutions
  • Funding for pilot award recipients and KL2 Scholars
  • Membership in the Association for Clinical and Translational Science
  • Information about current research, upcoming events and grant opportunities through frequent e-digests and quarterly newsletters