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UC San Diego’s Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute
UC San Diego is home to the Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute, which focuses on the development of innovative methods for the prevention, treatment and cure of diseases. CTRI’s research programs are conducted in three areas: biotechnology, clinical research, and social sciences. The institute has more than 70 members, including scientists, physicians and researchers who are leaders in their fields. In this article, we explore some of the institute’s most important initiatives and learn more about the team behind CTRI.
UCSD’s La Jolla Health System Campus
UC San Diego Health’s (UCSD) Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute (CTRI) is a collaboration of local health care institutions. The institute aims to accelerate delivery of new treatments to patients by creating a resource sharing environment for researchers.
The new CTRI will include a clinical area, wet and dry research labs, and laboratory support space. The building has a split-level design that includes offices for CTRI administration, as well as multiple conference rooms.
The design of the CTRI was completed by Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects. The building was built in accordance with environmentally friendly standards. It is a zero energy-strategy project and aims to achieve LEED Silver certification.
The building was also designed to maximize operational efficiency. The project’s design included a building automation system, a remote optimization/monitoring system, and metering for performance measurement.
UCSD’s CTSA funding aims to refine the work of the past decade
UC San Diego’s Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute (ACTRI) has received more than $54 million in CTSA funding since 2010. The institute has been a key partner in most clinical trials conducted at UC San Diego Health, and its new Dissemination and Implementation Science Center (DISC) will help launch a new wave of translational science research.
Dissemination and Implementation Science (D&I) research is the study of how health research findings are applied to improve the health of people. It involves a team of researchers from multiple disciplines working together to answer complex, integrative questions. ACTRI provides research infrastructure, informatics tools, and trained personnel for investigator-initiated studies.
ACTRI supports investigator-initiated research and is a vital partner in most UC San Diego Health clinical trials. ACTRI provides informatics tools, an infusion center, investigational drug pharmacy, Phase I drug testing unit, and work space for researchers. ACTRI also provides a variety of training services for investigators and staff.
UCSD’s CTRI facility aims to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification
UC San Diego’s newly constructed Clinical and Translational Research Institute, or CTRI, on the East Campus aims to achieve LEED Silver certification. The facility, which will open in March 2016, will offer medical research and treatment in one location. The building will include wet and dry research labs, offices, and an auditorium. The facility will also feature a cafe.
The building design was led by Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects (ZGF), who incorporated sustainable design strategies throughout the project. The exterior of the building includes a dynamic exterior solar shading system that automatically lowers and raises to deal with varying intensity of the sun rays. This system also helps reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. The building’s roof is covered with a meadow garden green roof, which reduces the energy required for the building.
UCSD’s CTRI members
UCSD’s Clinical and Translational Research Institute (CTRI) facilitates and accelerates the translation of laboratory discoveries into treatments for patients. The institute is part of a national consortium of 55 health research institutions. It aims to train the next generation of clinical researchers and engage communities in the process of improving the health of the population.
The institute is part of a partnership with UCSD Medical Center and Skaggs School of Pharmacy. It also ties into the Salk Institute for Biological Studies and the Veterans Administration Medical Center in La Jolla.
The institute also houses an affiliated laboratory network that helps facilitate research collaboration and training of new investigators. It offers genomics and imaging technologies, including the latest imaging techniques, to support clinical research.
UC San Diego is launching a new building on campus, the Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute, which will house a variety of research endeavors, including an impressive collection of state-of-the-art laboratories. In addition to its own suite of academic programs, the building will also house a plethora of affiliated institutions including the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.
The Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute is a part of the University of California, San Diego Health System, and is located on the east campus near the UCSD Central Campus Station. It’s the newest and largest research center in San Diego, and it’s part of a national consortium of 60 medical research institutions.