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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 and education.

GHUCCTS Founding Principles

      1. 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 research.
      2. 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.
      3. GHUCCTS balances the inter-institutional integration required for transformation of clinical and translational science with institutional autonomy required for feasibility and sustainability of GHUCCTS.
      4. 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.
      5. The distribution of resources within GHUCCTS is base on CTSA-specific aims rather than proportionately by institution.
      6. 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.