What is the CTSI?

The NYU-H+H CTSI seeks to catalyze clinical and translational research locally and through collaborations with and contributions to the national CTSA network by improving the quality, efficiency, and impact of research efforts.

Our strategies focus on:

  • developing the translational research workforce through innovative education, training and mentoring;
  • providing critically needed infrastructure, resources and expertise;
  • accelerating the development of new methods and therapeutics;
  • facilitating collaboration and supporting team science to bring diverse perspectives, skills, and approaches to overcoming barriers to translational science;
  • streamlining the research process;
  • studying the process of translational science itself to constantly improve it; and
  • engaging and partnering with local communities to define research problems, design and conduct relevant research studies, and implement newly discovered solutions.

What is Translational Research?

Clinical and translational science is the term for multidisciplinary, team-based research that has the goal of transforming basic science discoveries to improve human health through new diagnostic techniques, new therapies, advances in clinical practice and new community-based interventions or population health initiatives. Translational research often begins in the lab with a new discovery in basic biological science which is then “translated” to help solve a problem in human health. It also often begins with a novel observation by an astute clinician, which then spurs new basic research in the lab or the development of new community-based interventions or provider practices.

There are five stages to the translational research spectrum and our CTSI is conducting ground-breaking work in and between and across each of these stages: