The CTSA mandate: Are we there yet?

Carolyn M. Sampselle, Kenneth J. Pienta, Dorene S. Markel

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The ultimate aim of the National Institutes of Health Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) initiative is to accelerate the movement of discoveries that can benefit human health into widespread public use. To accomplish this translational mandate, the contributions of multiple disciplines, such as dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, public health, biostatistics, epidemiology, and bioengineering, are required in addition to medicine. The research community is also mandated to establish new partnerships with organized patient communities and front line health care providers to assure the bidirectional flow of information in order that health priorities experienced by the community inform the research agenda. This article summarizes current clinical research directives, the experience of the University of Michigan faculty during the first 2 years of CTSA support, and recommendations to enhance the effectiveness of future CTSA as well as other interdisciplinary initiatives. While the manuscript focuses most closely on the CTSA Community Engagement mission, the challenges to interdisciplinarity and bidirectionality extend beyond the focus of community engagement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)64-73
Number of pages10
JournalResearch and Theory for Nursing Practice
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Clinical research
  • Interdisciplinary
  • Translational science

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Research and Theory


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