Mission and Goals

Mission and Goals


To establish Creighton University as a nationally and internationally renowned research institution for cutting-edge multidisciplinary translational research programs in a manner that builds upon current science strengths, helping to bring about an era of personalized medicine. Clinical Research covers all studies of diseases and trials of treatments that take place in human subjects. Translational Research describes the steps between a fundamental discovery and its application in clinical medicine.

Primary Goals:

  • Identify research strengths and direction to facilitate interaction of investigators leading to more productive future collaborations
  • Promote research and intellectual exchange among diverse professionals that elicit novel approaches to area healthcare priorities, fostering long-term and mutually beneficial relationships with academic and community partners
  • Promote development of new methodologies and commercialization of products
  • Expand the cadre of 'Research Stars' to help Creighton University ascend in the NIH rankings
  • Establish Graduate Certificate program in clinical and translational science that is open to all faculty at Creighton, clinical fellows, clinical residents in the School of Medicine and School of SPAHP, dentistry, and nursing students
  • Identify new areas in research and not simply focus all attention on the current "hotspots" in the industry, thereby developing themes for new translational research
  • Create visionary strategic partnerships with local hospitals and private industry
  • Identify funding opportunities
  • Provide funding for pilot projects to develop applications for extramural support
  • Assist faculty in the development of clinical and translational science grant proposals
  • Arrange workshops on grant writing
  • Invite speakers and consultants to support university faculty
  • Assist the Dean of Medicine in determining the most judicious use of our resources
  • Better serve the Omaha community, Creighton's students, and society at-large, in keeping with the Catholic and Jesuit mission.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Graduates will demonstrate competence and working knowledge in core subjects within the area of CTS (applied biostatistics, federal policies, disparity in global health issues, ethical research design, grant writing, etc).
  • Graduates will effectively analyze, synthesize, and interpret biological data, including their own, and critically evaluate scientific information.
  • Graduates will conduct research addressing specific scientific problems and be able to place their results in the context of previous knowledge. They will formulate and execute a research plan to solve problems.
  • Graduates will demonstrate the ability to combine critical thinking with disciplined research in an effort to apply this knowledge to solve new health problems.
  • Graduates will acquire the necessary skills to perform experiments, assess and interpret results and disseminate the information to the scientific community such that the CTS field is advanced.
  • The program will foster in graduates a strong code of ethics and Ignatian values which will bolster the scientific integrity behind the design and conduct of research experiments.
  • The program will acknowledge individual values and underlying passion stemming from personal convictions. Central to this aim is the responsible conduct of research. In scientific research, ethics, responsibility and justice go hand-in-hand.
  • Graduates will demonstrate the competency to translate, both orally and in writing, their accrued knowledge, research and findings related to public health issues to not only the scientific community but to a non-scientific population as well.
  • Graduates will write effective research papers, reports and grant applications and be able to communicate their results through oral presentations and written publications.
  • Graduates will work collaboratively in groups to coordinate the scheduling of their own committee meetings.
  • Graduates will learn efficiency in terms of communicating what is required in order to conduct successful experiments (requesting specific materials & supplies, requesting to meet with Director to review data and obtain suggestions, writing and maintaining a thorough lab notebook).
  • Graduates will reflect on their own strengths and contributions during their course of study in order to determine the best avenues for personal and professional formation with respect to the needs and demands of clinical & translational sciences.