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October 14, 2010

CTSA Grant Application Is Sent to NIH

I am pleased to announce that our 1,285 page application for a National Institutes of Health Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) grant was just submitted. The 2010 initiative was completed by a comprehensive team of faculty and staff across both campuses, as well as colleagues from hospitals throughout the region and our community partners. The resubmission is an outstanding application.

With the awarding of a CTSA grant, UConn would join an elite, national consortium of research institutions dedicated to the promotion of clinical and translational science. CTSA designation would not only bring the Health Center its largest research award ever, but it would also lead to transformational changes in clinical and translational research throughout the Health Center, the University and the region.

While we await word on the grant, we have have already begun to implement many of its objectives through the launch of the Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science. I invite you to visit the CICATS website at at http://cicats.uchc.edu to learn more about the initiatives.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Dr. Ernesto Canalis, Dr. Judith Fifield, Dr. Victor Hesselbrock, Dr. Cheryl Oncken and Dr. Pramod Srivastava, the co-principal investigators of the grant, for their diligence and hard work on this project. I would also like to thank Stacey Anderson and her administrative team for all their hard work.

Finally, I would like to pay tribute to Dr. Larry Raisz, who participated in evening strategy sessions and conference calls with us up to the week of his passing. His diligence particularly was an inspiration to all.

Sincerely,

Cato T. Laurencin, M.D., Ph.D.
Vice President for Health Affairs
Dean, UConn School of Medicine