More than $20 million over 5 years to turn laboratory discoveries into patient treatments
BOSTON, Mass -- Tufts University and Tufts Medical Center today announced that together they are recipients of the NIH Clinical and Translational Science Award, which will fund the Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute. With more than $20 million in NIH funding over 5 years, the institute will work with healthcare organizations as well as community and industry groups to turn groundbreaking laboratory research into widely-used treatments for patients in a faster, more productive manner.
“For decades, Tufts University has held an historic position in performing innovative clinical research that has changed the practice of medicine and health care policy. After many years of NIH funding, we are now pleased to join the vanguard of academic centers that will be transforming clinical research and the training of clinician scientists in the United States,” said Michael Rosenblatt, MD, dean of the Tufts University School of Medicine.
“We are committed to advancing medical knowledge along the continuum from laboratory research to clinical investigation to outcomes research and the practice of evidence-based medicine. We are so pleased that the NIH has recognized the unique collaboration Tufts has in place amongst its various schools, the affiliated teaching hospitals, community health centers, other universities and pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry partners," Rosenblatt added.
Part of nationwide research consortium
The NIH announced today that 14 academic healthcare organizations in 11 states are the latest members of the prestigious National Institutes of Health’s Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) consortium. Creating a unique network of medical research institutions across the nation, the consortium is working to reduce the time it takes for laboratory discoveries to become treatments for patients and to engage communities in clinical research efforts. It also is fulfilling the critical need to train the next generation of clinical and translational researchers. The consortium is led by the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), a part of the NIH.
“It is an honor to be included among this national network of outstanding healthcare and academic institutions – all of whom are seeking to bring new treatments to patients sooner. Thanks to this funding from the NIH, the Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) is poised to take the fullest possible advantage of the extraordinary array of scientific opportunities across Tufts University and Tufts Medical Center as well as other affiliated hospitals, community groups and industry partners,” said Harry P. Selker, MD, MSPH, Director and Principal Investigator for the Tufts CTSI, a physician and researcher at Tufts Medical Center and professor of medicine at Tufts University. “The breadth of the expertise and opportunities are huge: the Tufts CTSI participants include eight schools of Tufts University, eight Tufts affiliated hospitals, three University partners (Brandeis, Northeastern, and UMass Amherst), the Boston Museum of Science, a dozen community-based organizations, two major health insurers (Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts and Tufts Health Plan), and five industry partners -- we look forward to working closely with all of them on the exciting developments that lie ahead.”
Benefits of collaboration
“As a member of the CTSA consortium, our staff will be linked to other word-class scientists, investigators and physicians to heighten the level of collaboration around the most challenging disease and health issues of our times. This designation demonstrates yet again the value of our medical center’s close affiliation with Tufts University and highlights what our institutions can achieve by working closely together,” said Ellen Zane, president and CEO of Tufts Medical Center. “The Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute will also strengthen our Medical Center’s ties with a variety of local institutions and community groups, ensuring our research will directly benefit our neighbors and patients.”
“We would also like to congratulate Boston University and Harvard, who are joining the CTSA consortium along with us today. This is the first time three institutions located so closely together have won Clinical Translational Science Awards in the same round of funding. Boston and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts should feel extremely proud, and the award serves to spotlight the concentration of scientific excellence in our region,” Zane added.
The CTSA initiative grew out of the NIH commitment to re-engineer the clinical research enterprise, one of the key objectives of the NIH Roadmap for Medical Research In 2012, when the program is fully implemented, approximately 60 CTSAs will be connected with an annual budget of $500 million.
Partners of the Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute include:
Tufts University Schools
- Tufts Medical Center
- Baystate Medical Center
- Caritas St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center
- Lahey Clinic
- New England Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital
- New England Baptist Hospital
- Newton-Wellesley Hospital
- Caritas Carney Hospital
Clinical and academic organizations
- New England Quality Care Alliance Physician Practice Group
- Tufts Medical Center Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies
- Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development
- The Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRCA)
- Brandeis University’s Heller School and Schneider Institutes for Health Policy
- The Framingham Heart Study
- Northeastern University’s Bouvé College of Health Sciences
- University of Massachusetts School of Nursing
- The National Kidney Foundation
- Asian American Center for Cancer Education and Research
- Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center
- Boston Museum of Science
- Boston Neighborhood Development Office
- Boston Public Health Commission
- Center for Community Health Education Research and Service
- Codman Square Health Center/ Dorchester House Multi-Service Center of the Dorchester Health Initiative
- La Alianza Hispana
- Massachusetts Department of Public Health
- Partners for a Health Community
- Somerville Community Health Agenda (of the Institute for Community Health)
- Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
- Tufts Health Plan
- Advanced Magnetics, Inc.
- Biogen Idec
- Millennium Pharmaceuticals
- Neurologica Corporation
- Pfizer, Inc.
The CTSA consortium Web site which provides information on the current members and the new grantees can be accessed at clic-ctsa.org.
NCRR provides laboratory scientists and clinical researchers with the resources and training they need to understand, detect, treat, and prevent a wide range of diseases. Through the CTSA consortium and other collaborations, NCRR supports all aspects of translational and clinical research, connecting researchers with one another and with patients and communities across the nation.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) — The Nation's Medical Research Agency — includes 27 Institutes and Centers and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It is the primary federal agency for conducting and supporting basic, clinical, and translational medical research, and it investigates the causes, treatments, and cures for both common and rare diseases. For more information about NIH and its programs, visit www.nih.gov.
About Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children
Tufts Medical Center is an exceptional, not-for-profit, 415-bed academic medical center that is home to both a full-service hospital for adults and Floating Hospital for Children. Conveniently located in downtown Boston, the Medical Center is the principal teaching hospital for Tufts University School of Medicine. Floating Hospital for Children is the full-service children's hospital of Tufts Medical Center and the principal pediatric teaching hospital of Tufts University School of Medicine. Tufts Medical Center is affiliated with the New England Quality Care Alliance, a network of more than 1,800 physicians throughout Eastern Massachusetts. For more information, please visit www.tuftsmedicalcenter.org.