The Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational
Science (GHUCCTS) is a multi-institutional consortium of medical
research institutions forged from a desire to promote clinical research
and translational science. The members of the GHUCCTS consortium are:
Georgetown University (GU), Howard University (HU), MedStar Health
Research Institute (MHRI), Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), and the
Washington Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center (VAMC).
Through multiple partnerships and collaborations among the member
institutions, GHUCCTS is transforming clinical research and translational
science in order to bring new scientific advances to health care.
GHUCCTS was founded on six basic principles that have been endorsed by
each of the member institutions. These serve to identify the overall
purpose of the consortium, as well as key aspects of its research
activities, governance, and focus. These principles form the foundation
of the consortium itself, as well as the GHUCCTS programs of research
GHUCCTS Founding Principles
- The primary goal of GHUCCTS is to speed improvements in human health
by fostering innovative, multidisciplinary, and cross-institutional
research, and by supporting the careers of those undertaking such
- GHUCCTS programs will encompass the full range of research required to improve human health
(e.g., basic, translational, clinical, community and health services
research), thereby addressing both T1 and T2 translational science.
- GHUCCTS balances the inter-institutional integration required for transformation of clinical and translational science with institutional autonomy required for feasibility and sustainability of GHUCCTS.
- GHUCCTS magnifies the research and educational strengths of our individual institutions by stimulating collaborations that provide the momentum for broader trust, partnering, and resource sharing among our institutions.
- The distribution of resources within GHUCCTS is base on CTSA-specific aims rather than proportionately by institution.
- GHUCCTS recognizes our special responsibility for leading research and training that addresses disparities in health and health care of the underserved populations that characterize the region served by our institutions, prominently including people from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds, older adults and people with disabilities.