The University of Cincinnati and its institutional partners became the 39th member of the national CTSA Consortium in 2009. Now with 61 members, the Consortium encourages and promotes collaborations and sharing of best practices among its institutions.
Here are just a few examples of CTSA collaborations fostered by the CCTST:
- The 3 CTSA institutions in Ohio and their partnering institutions have established a statewide collaborative agreement allowing a single organization’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) to assume IRB responsibilities on behalf of multiple institutions when conducting multicenter studies.
- The Pediatric Regional Collaborative Grant (PRCG) program promotes translational research collaborations between pediatric institutions in Cincinnati, Columbus, Cleveland, Indianapolis and Lexington, bringing together expertise, scientific resources, patient populations, and/or community resources that are not all readily available at a single CTSA site.
- The Pilot and Innovation Research Program between the University of Kentucky and UC/CCHMC encourages the development or maturation of multi-institutional research teams capable of performing highly innovative, extramurally fundable research contributing to human health and well-being.
- UC is part of the Ohio Clinical Trials Collaborative, a partnership of the state’s 3 CTSA institutions which recently received a $1.98 million grant from the Governor’s Medical Corridor Initiative to expand the number of clinical trials in Ohio and create access to a larger pool of patients for enrollment, increasing the likelihood of their completion.
- The CCTST represents UC in the Appalachian Translational Research Network (ATRN), and participates in its annual summit focused on health disparities in that region. Other members include the University of Kentucky, Marshall University, Ohio University, The Ohio State University, University of Pikeville (KY), and West Virginia University. Read the Spring 2014 issue of the ATRN newsletter, Community Voice.