Message from the Chair

Message from the Chair

It is my honor and privilege to serve as the founding Director for the Center for Clinical & Translational Science (CCTS) and now as founding Chairman of the Department of Clinical & Translational Science at Creighton University. The Department is a new and innovative resource designed to support and advance education, collaboration and research in clinical and translational science by the pooling of existing strengths and expertise. Our goal is to increase the number, quality and diversity of clinical and translational researchers, to promote research and intellectual exchange among diverse professionals who elicit novel approaches to area health care priorities, and to foster long-term, mutually-beneficial relationships with academic and community partners. An integral part of this commitment is to identify, educate, and create a mentored environment for developing the careers of the next generation of clinical and translational researchers who wish to become independent investigators. A vital aspect of our mission is to engage the community in our clinical research efforts.

We have developed structured clinical and translational research curricula based on the core competencies defined by the NIH around interdisciplinary research themes in pre-clinical biomedical sciences and clinical & translational research methodologies involving faculty from the Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy and Health Professions at Creighton University

The Creighton University Clinical and Translational Research program is open to scholars already educated in the health sciences, primarily fully-educated physicians, dentists, pharmacists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and nurses. The objectives of the curriculum are:

(1) to provide high-quality didactic training for future clinical investigators from diverse scientific backgrounds and disciplines. The specific goal is to prepare the scholars of this program to identify important clinical questions, develop research protocols, conduct clinical investigations in highly interdisciplinary and collaborative team settings, generate pilot data, analyze and record the results in a publishable form, and develop and submit grant proposals; and

(2) increase the number, quality and diversity of clinical researchers who can successfully compete for mentored and independent research support and possess great understanding of the complex issues associated with conducting sound clinical research with appropriate community engagement. The successful completion of the didactic courses and research by graduate scholars in this program will lead to a Graduate Certificate in Clinical and Translational Science (CTS). Our goal is to educate scholars in the translation of basic science advances into clinical hypotheses testing, create a mentored environment for the transition of scholars to research independence, and to disseminate clinical trial outcomes to health-related fields that serve the general community.

In addition to the goals previously stated, the Department also aims to:

  • promote the development of new methodologies and commercialization of products
  • expand the cadre of "Research Stars" to help Creighton University ascend in the NIH rankings
  • identify and explore new areas within research rather than merely targeting the current "hotspots" in our industry
  • create visionary strategic partnerships with local hospitals and the private sector

Thus, the Department is a new and innovative resource to support and advance education, collaboration and research in clinical and translational science. The Department will continue its efforts in the advancement of science and the application of new discoveries to patient care and technology transfer. The Department will provide the framework by which partners can pool existing strengths and expertise. This will foster a more rapid, efficient, and productive translation of fundamental discoveries into better healthcare.