About Us

About Us

The Clinical and Translational Science Center (CTSC) serves as a catalyst to support biomedical research projects by providing services and resources to investigators, staff, scholars and trainees, and community partners. As an honest and resourceful broker, we partner with UC Davis schools and colleges engaged in life science and translational research to support collaborative projects with the potential to improve health care. We provide centralized resources dedicated to facilitating biomedical research through innovation, collaboration, and expertise. As an extension of our national consortium, we are charged with advancing human health through:

  • Training and cultivating the translational science workforce
  • Engaging patients and communities in every phase of the translational process
  • Promoting the integration of special and underserved populations in translational research across the human lifespan
  • Innovating processes to increase the quality and efficiency of translational research, particularly of multisite trials
  • Advancing the use of cutting-edge informatics

Our History

In 2006, the CTSC was one of the inaugural 12 centers established across the United States in the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) program initially supported by the NIH National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) that later transitioned to the National Center for Advancing Translational Science (NCATS). The grant funded in 2006 and renewed in 2011, 2016, and 2021. Currently, in our fourth 5-year award period, we are one of more than 50 NIH-supported centers funded to facilitate and accelerate the study of human health and disease to bring new treatments to patients and communities through biomedical research. We are located on the UC Davis Health campus in Sacramento, California and draw upon talent and leadership from departments and divisions across the Davis and Sacramento campuses as well as community partners in the region.

Our Mission

Advancing translational science to create a healthier world.

Our Objectives

Working together as a national consortium, CTSA institutions share a common vision to improve human health by transforming the research and training environment to enhance the efficiency and quality of clinical and translational research. The CTSA program is supported by the National Center for Advancing Translational Science (NCATS), part of the National Institutes of Health. As a hub in the CTSA program, our grant states the following objectives:

  • Serve as a hub for clinical and translational research resources
  • Expand and refine a collaborative and innovative training and education environment
  • Integrate community partners into the translational research enterprise
  • Leverage crosscutting research resources
  • Function as a catalyst across the translational research spectrum

Who We Serve

We provide a wide range of services and tools to assist research teams across the campus and with our affiliated partners:

  • UC Davis colleges, centers, and institutes
  • Community-based organizations and their constituents
  • Industry sponsors
  • Undergraduate and graduate student and their mentors, and trainees at all levels
  • Clinical research coordinators
  • Research administrators

Describing the Clinical and Translational Science Center in a Grant Application

Boilerplate text for grant applications is provided on our website. It’s important to discuss your project with our CTSC Concierge and/or program manager in advance of submitting a grant application to ensure you get accurate information about resource availability and cost for the budget.

Citing the Grant

Investigators are required to cite our grant in all publications that result from any support received from us, including the use of our services (such as biostatistics, biomedical informatics, clinical trials resources, etc.) or resources (such as our Clinical Research Center) or direct funding (such as pilot grant awards). In addition, the NIH requires investigators to comply with NIH Public Access policy by ensuring that their articles are available in PubMed Central. We offer assistance with this process.