UC Davis Clinical and Translational Science Center

Project: Research projectLinked Specialized Center Cooperative Agreement


Contact PD/PI: Berglund, Lars FOVERALLABSTRACT / SUMMARYThe University of California, Davis (UC Davis) Clinical and Translational Science Center (CTSC), builds on its10-year track record serving as the central focus for translational research in inland Northern California, and iswell prepared to enter a new phase of translational research. The CTSC has been the centerpiece forcatalyzing UC Davis into a vibrant research enterprise. By fostering successful trainees at all levels andpreparing them for a productive career trajectory, we are building a diverse workforce able to use our extensiveinfrastructure to advance national CTSA goals. We have made, and will continue to make, seminalcontributions. The proposed program is responsive to investigators, trainees, and communities, embraces aflexible and versatile culture aimed at resource sharing, and is respected by the university leadership,recognizing our outreach and partnering with academic units and communities. Our proposal builds on a richfoundation of achievements including team-science educational endeavors, use of digital health technologiesto engage rural communities, team-based community partnerships to increase health care access, andcomprehensive data training and resource support for our investigators addressing critical needs. Areas ofstrength at UC Davis include our prominent telehealth program and a diverse academic setting where theCTSC is a welcome partner in schools and colleges. Through the powerful CTSC infrastructure, quality focus,and training resources, we aim to advance technical literacy through programs that add research strengths toour expansive digital health program and to a novel One Health-based partnership with the School ofVeterinary Medicine. By capitalizing on insights from naturally occurring diseases in companion animalstreated at UC Davis, innovative models of human diseases can be described and validated. The CTSC targetsthree overarching goals: (1) Education and training of a well-prepared workforce, (2) Bringing qualitycomprehensive services to the greater community, and (3) Ensure scientific translational efforts are advancedto improve human health across the lifespan of diverse populations. To realize these goals, the CTSC underthe leadership of Dr. Berglund (PI) is firmly positioned in the institutional leadership and able to bring stronginstitutional support. The PI is supported by an integrated cadre of experienced local, regional, national leadersand is guided by a comprehensive oversight structure that anchors the CTSC within UC Davis and with faculty,trainees, the community, and the national CTSA network. Through the CTSC catalyzing and coordinating rolein addressing institutional gaps and translational challenges, we will serve the overall NCATS missions tocatalyze application of science to improve health by providing resources and skilled personnel and nurturing asustained, self-improving translational workforce. We look forward to addressing major health challengesthrough an extensive coordinated service and workforce portfolio, integration of institutional leadership acrossresources, and stimulation of innovative approaches to improve human health.Project Summary/Abstract Page 210Contact PD/PI: Berglund, Lars FOVERALLNARRATIVEThe UC Davis CTSC has established a strong training and infrastructure resource to support and promoteresearch to improve health. Through the CTSC, research findings relevant to human health and disease aremade available to health professionals and community members. In addition, the UC Davis CTSC is part ofregional, state, and national networks to ensure a broad-based information exchange between scientists,health professionals, and community members that will lead to improved health.
Effective start/end date7/1/165/31/21


  • National Institutes of Health: $4,253,847.00


Translational Medical Research
Research Personnel
Training Support
Health Services Accessibility
Foster Home Care
Health Resources
Rural Population