Clinical & Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin to fund over $1 million in research throughout the region

The Clinical & Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin (CTSI), a consortium of eight regional organizations whose mission is to advance the health of the community through research and discovery, is set to fund more than $1 million in research in the region. This funding will be used in response to the recently released CTSI Pilot and Collaborative Clinical and Translational Research Grants Request for Applications (RFA). Research emphasis areas will include two important health areas that affect patients and communities in the Milwaukee area - health disparities research and cardiovascular research.

The CTSI Pilot Translational and Clinical Studies Program is designed to promote inter-institutional and interdisciplinary translational and clinical research within and among the CTSI partner institutions, while encouraging the development of novel approaches to solving complex health related problems in order to improve the health of Wisconsin residents and beyond. The program is supported by the National Institutes of Health and the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Research and Education Program.

Since 2009, the CTSI Pilot Translational and Clinical Studies Program has been successful in stimulating clinical and translational research among the institutions that comprise the CTSI of Southeast Wisconsin. The eight member consortium includes the Medical College of Wisconsin, Marquette University, the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE), the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM), the BloodCenter of Wisconsin, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Froedtert Hospital, and the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center. Using innovative mechanisms, CTSI members work to translate research discoveries more quickly into preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic interventions for patients. Consortium members share resources, technology, knowledge and expertise to work towards those goals. The CTSI research portfolio includes over 950 studies.

“The CTSI supports cutting-edge translational research leading to significant outcomes and findings that have impacted patient lives, moved translational research forward by developing novel therapeutics and technologies, and increased our understanding of diseases that affect the lives of Wisconsin residents,” says Reza Shaker, MD, CTSI director and the Joseph P. Geenen Professor of Gastroenterology at the Medical College of Wisconsin. “This pilot program is designed to advocate, facilitate, and foster the continuum of research from bench to bedside, and from bedside to community practice.”

Pilot projects supported in previous years include research on childhood obesity; finding ways to decrease side effects after bone marrow transplants; discovering a relationship between probiotic use and decreased risk for cardiovascular disease; and using light therapy to promote wound healing in spinal cord injured veterans.

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