The Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) is a five-year, $20 million award given to 60 major U.S. research institutions by the National Institutes of Health. In summer 2010, GW and Children's National Health System received this prestigious award to accelerate basic laboratory research discoveries into clinical practice, or to conduct what is increasingly known as "bench to bedside" research. By training young researchers in this growing paradigm of biomedical research, CTSA aims to efficiently improve patient and community health.
An important wing of CTSA, Research Education, Training and Career Development (RETCD), supports the graduate programs in Clinical and Translational Research (CTR), which is housed in the Health Sciences' Department of Clinical Research and Leadership. In addition, RETCD provides a mentor development program for mid-level faculty called the KL2 Mentored Research Career Development Award, and a summer research program for undergraduate under-represented minorities.
Lisa S. Schwartz, MS, EdD