GHUCCTS Programs & Resources

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We welcome you to look at each of our programs and what we offer. We represent a unique consortium of academic and medical institutions across the greater Washington DC area. The formation of GHUCCTS was inspired by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) Clinical and Translation Science Award (CTSA) initiative to improve how academic medical centers perform clinical research and translational science. This initiative empowers researchers to develop new treatments and cures for diseases more quickly, and make them available to our patients and our communities more efficiently. GHUCCTS was funded by NCATS on July 1, 2010, thereby becoming one of just 64 CTSA-funded centers in the U.S.

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Biomedical Informatics

The Biomedical Informatics (BI) component of GHUCCTS provides analytical and computational support with the goal of promoting clinical and translational research.

Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Research Design

The goal of the Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Research Design (BERD) component of the Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational Science (GHUCCTS) is to provide integrated infrastructure for the design and conduct of research that is innovative and statistically sound, with an emphasis on studies in diverse populations.

Community Engagement

The goal of the Community Engagement (CE) component is to develop a program of community–centered collaboration.

Evaluation and Continuous Improvement

The goal of the Evaluation and Continuous Improvement (ECI) component is to provide credible and timely feedback on the growth and impact of the project on clinical and translational science research and training across GHUCCTS, as a whole, and specifically within each of the core components.

Hub Liaison Team

In partnership with the Trial Innovation Network, a network created to leverage the expertise and resources of the CTSA program, our goal is to enhance the speed and efficiency of multi-site clinical trials across all GHUCCTS institutions.

Including Diverse Populations

The importance of including diverse populations in clinical and translational research is widely accepted and it is critical for better understanding diseases and condition-related in diverse groups of individuals.

Novel Translational Methodologies

The overall goal of the NTM component is to speed the development and application of new technologies that will improve the health and well-being of our population.

Organization and Governance

The goal for the governance structure of GHUCCTS is to provide effective and efficient mechanisms for providing guidance and decision making for GHUCCTS, while preserving the identities and values and deriving synergy from the unique resources of the member institutions.

Participant and Clinical Interactions

Participant and Clinical Interactions (PCI) is the component of the GHUCCTS which provides facilities and resources to enable investigators to successfully conduct their clinical research.

Pilot Translational and Clinical Studies

The PTCS program is designed to bring about further advances that will contribute to improving the process of research throughout our CTSA hub and the national CTSA consortium.

Regulatory, Ethics, Knowledge and Support

The REKS component emphasizes promoting and preserving the integrity of the research, the researcher and the research enterprise, preserving the trust between the public and the research enterprise, and the public trust in the fruits of the research process.

Translational Workforce Development

Translational Workforce Development (TWD) programs encompass mechanistic and translational, clinical and community research, health policy research, management and health care delivery.