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August 16, 2012

Major Research Initiative

I am pleased to announce that the Health Center will submit a new application for a National Institutes of Health Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) grant in January, 2013. The principal investigator for the grant will be Dr. Cato T. Laurencin, a nationally prominent clinician-scientist, CEO of the Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (CICATS) and Director of the Center for Regenerative Engineering.

Our prior applications have placed us in a strong position to compete in this cycle of funding. In addition, many positive changes have taken place at the Health Center since our last submission in 2010, including the advent of Bioscience Connecticut and our engagement with the Jackson Laboratory.

If successful, the Health Center will join the national consortium of research institutions dedicated to the promotion of clinical and translational science. CTSA designation will lead to transformational changes in clinical and translational research throughout the Health Center, the University and the entire region.

Please join me in thanking Dr. Laurencin for leading this important venture.

Frank M. Torti, M.D., M.P.H.
Executive Vice President for Health Affairs
Dean, School of Medicine