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Featured Institution - September 2011

University of Cincinnati Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (University of Cincinnati Photo)

University of Cincinnati Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (University of Cincinnati Photo)

CCTST Innovations Facilitate Clinical and Translational Research

The University of Cincinnati (UC) Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST) and partners Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati Veterans Affairs Medical Center and UC Health coordinate a wide range of research support. Services include biostatistics, biomedical informatics, data management, inpatient and outpatient clinical services, and support for training community leaders.

CCTST received its CTSA in 2009. The award has helped support innovations that improve access to research support services, as well as training for community leaders. For example, the CCTST's Research Central online portal provides one-stop assistance with study design, methodology, biostatistics, biomedical informatics, intramural funding opportunities and other services to more than 700 investigators at all career stages. Service requests are triaged by trained staff who refer investigators directly to Research Central methodologists. New and ongoing cases are reviewed frequently to aid service coordination and strategy development. Thirty to 60 days after project assignment, investigators are sent a link to a service evaluation developed in REDCap, a secure Web application for building and managing online surveys and databases. A Research Central dashboard providing at-a-glance summaries of service usage and satisfaction is nearing completion.

CCTST's Community Leaders Institute (CLI), offers a six-week training program for representatives of community organizations, including those who work with children, adults and seniors as trusted agents of health services. Participants are trained by CCTST faculty in five specific competencies: grant writing, accessing public datasets, creating databases using REDCap and other software, quality improvement/evidence-based practice, and survey development. The Institute's first class graduated in 2010; it exemplifies the CCTST's promise to increase translational research by empowering community leaders. As a result of the CLI training, almost three-quarters of participants were successful in obtaining grant funding that totaled $1.8 million. In addition, graduates developed surveys, created databases and analyzed data. They also implemented quality improvement approaches or strengthened evidence-based practices. To learn more about the CLI, Research Central and other CCTST innovations, visit

  • September 2011: University of Cincinnati
  • August 2011: University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
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  • June 2011: The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
  • May 2011: Boston University
  • April 2011: University of Iowa
  • March 2011: Case Western Reserve University
  • February 2011: University of Pennsylvania
  • January 2011: The University of Utah
  • December 2010: Emory University (partnering with Morehouse School of Medicine and Georgia Institute of Technology)
  • November 2010: Northwestern University
  • October 2010: Albert Einstein College of Medicine (partnering with Montefiore Medical Center)
  • September 2010: Stanford University
  • August 2010: Washington University
  • July 2010: Weill Cornell Medical College (partnering with Hunter College)
  • June 2010: University of Colorado Denver
  • May 2010: Duke University
  • April 2010: The Ohio State University
  • March 2010: University of Michigan at Ann Arbor
  • February 2010: University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • January 2010: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • December 2009: Indiana University School of Medicine
  • November 2009: The Scripps Research Institute
  • October 2009: University of California, Davis
  • September 2009: Vanderbilt University (partnering with Meharry Medical College)
  • August 2009: The University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • July 2009: Yale University
  • June 2009: University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
  • May 2009: Johns Hopkins University
  • April 2009: University of Iowa
  • March 2009: Mayo Clinic
  • February 2009: University of Washington
  • January 2009: University of California, San Francisco
  • December 2008: Harvard University
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  • October 2008: University of Chicago
  • September 2008: Columbia University
  • August 2008: University of Pittsburgh
  • July 2008: The Rockefeller University