In the next five years, the UCLA CTSI will build on its progress by broadening collaborations with the community as well as with faculty across a wide area of expertise, including engineering, business and public health. The CTSI also plans to establish mobile units to bring clinical trials to underserved communities; enhance training and education programs with team science principles; and apply its expertise in data science and artificial intelligence to improve health care delivery. The UCLA CTSI has embarked on an Inclusive Science Initiative that emphasizes diversity, equity and inclusion in research activities as well as in research training. The Inclusive Science Initiative is led by Dr. Keith Norris, UCLA CTSI senior associate director and professor of medicine at UCLA.
“The CTSI puts us in a position to work across academic disciplines to develop and implement community-partnered interventions in both the public and private sector to improve health and address entrenched disparities in Los Angeles County, the state of California, and the nation,” said Dr. Brown, who is also professor of medicine in the division of general internal medicine and health services research at UCLA.
“The CTSI fosters an environment where we are able to expand our capacity for collaboration, community engagement, and team science that captures the imagination of our researchers and community,” said Dr. Naeim, who is also chief medical officer for clinical research for UCLA Health. “That’s what makes the work of the CTSI so compelling.”