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Welcome message from the director

Dr. Dan M. Cooper
Dan M. Cooper, MD, director, Institute for Clinical and Translational Science

We have a seat at the table as the nation’s scientific agenda is reconfigured, thanks to our role in the national Clinical and Translational Science Awards program (CTSA) consortium and as part of the largest component of the newly established National Center for Advancing Translational Science (NCATS).

Our guiding principle at the UC Irvine Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (ICTS)  has been to create an environment where everything is “questioned and there is no status quo.” The ICTS provides a clinical research home to speed up the often slow process that guides scientific discovery to clinical application.

We cannot begin to achieve these goals without the active involvement of our talented clinicians and researchers from all schools and departments here at UC Irvine.

How will we know whether or not we have succeeded in stimulating research and training the next generation of translational scientists at our institution? Difficult to answer, for sure, but let us all frame our achievements by focusing on two questions, indeed challenges, posed by Francis Collins at last year’s CTSA Principal Investigator’s national meeting:

  • "What advances occurred at your institution that would not have happened without the CTSA?"
  • "How did your faculty, staff, and community partners contribute to the national effort embodied in the CTSA consortium?"

Work with us to reconfigure the clinical research environment here at UC Irvine in these exciting times.