In the 21st century, scientists are poised to transform our understanding of the factors that contribute to exceptional health – or its decline – by turning discoveries made in the laboratory, the patient’s bedside, and the community into effective health interventions through a process known as translational science. Translational science is the field of investigation focused on understanding and addressing the scientific and organizational challenges underlying each step of the translational process.

Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA)

The NIH created a program to foster clinical and translational science. Now under the director of the NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Science (NCATS), the CTSA program seeks to transform research through workforce development and collaboration/engagement through integration and methods/processes.


The five UC medical campuses, in collaboration with the UC Office of the President (UCOP), have identified system-wide collaboration in biomedical research to enhance clinical and translational research efforts. Known as the UC Biomedical Research Acceleration, Integration, and Development (UC BRAID) consortium, this is an effort to accelerate clinical and translational research. Areas of initial attention include:

NCATS CTSA Program Interview

Watch Petra Kaufmann, M.D., M.Sc., director of the NCATS Office of Rare Diseases Research and Division of Clinical Innovation, discuss how the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Program support is speeding the translation of research discoveries into health benefits.