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CTSA Consortium

UC Biomedical Research Acceleration, Integration and Development Program (UC BRAID)

The University of California Biomedical Research Acceleration, Integration, and Development (UC BRAID) is a consortium of University of California health campuses - Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco, each of which is a recipient of an NIH Clinical and Translational Science Award. 

Building on the combined strengths of the individual campus, UC BRAID aims to accelerate research and improve health through collaboration, resource sharing and infrastructure development. We aim to catalyze, accelerate, and reduce the barriers for biomedical, clinical, and translational research across the UC system. The effort includes identifying shared challenges and developing system-wide solutions.

Areas of continued attention include industry contracting, institutional review boards (IRBs), and participant recruitment. UC BRAID’s early successes in sharing data and infrastructure were demonstrated in the cohort identification tool UC ReX, which now serves as a model for the shared benefit of a nationwide collaboration.

Visit the UC BRAID website for more information.

National CTSA Description

Launched in 2006, the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) program now includes over 50 academic medical centers across the country. The program, which is supported by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) at NIH, is developing new ways to accelerate collaborative medical research. Each CTSA is crucial to the program’s mission: Accelerating discoveries toward better health.

CTSA Member Institutions

The Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) program currently has over 50 medical research institutions. Click here for the list of institutions working together to accelerate discoveries toward better health.

National Center for Accelerating Translational Sciences (NCATS)

The National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) is one of the 27 institutes and centers (ICs) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The mission of NCATS is to transform the translational science process so that new treatments and cures for disease can be delivered to patients faster. NCATS supports the national CTSA program.

Visit the NCATS website for more information.