A Message from the Director
Welcome to the Vanderbilt Institute of Clinical and Translational Research (VICTR) home page. VICTR was established in 2006 to develop and implement new systems and programs designed to make administrative processes for clinical and translational research more efficient, and to provide a central clearinghouse of support for researchers and research staff. VICTR resources provide educational programs to translational researchers that foster innovative discoveries. The translational research environment stimulates collaboration and is enriched with extensive state-of-the art informatics tools and expert biostatistics support.
In September 2007, the National Institutes of Health awarded Vanderbilt University the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) recognizing its rich history and expertise in clinical and translational research, research education and administration. In 2012, Vanderbilt's CTSA was renewed for another 5 years. Through the CTSA, Vanderbilt joins a national consortium of the leading academic research centers (CTSA Website) whose primary goals are training the next generation of researchers and moving scientific discoveries into clinical practice more efficiently and effectively, thus benefiting human health in the United States. We are honored to have been chosen to participate in this consortium.
There are several key components of VICTR involved in participant and community interactions.The Clinical/Translational Research Center (CRC) is a well established inpatient and outpatient center generating clinical research for over 50 years. The Community Engagement and Research Program leverages very strong ties between Vanderbilt and the community. Important to the overall success of the CTSA program is a focused partnership with Meharry Medical College. Other collaborators include the Vanderbilt Institute for Medicine and Public Health; the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Law, Business, Engineering; Peabody College of Education and Human Development, College of Arts and Sciences, and the Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development.
We hope you will visit our site frequently as it will continue to grow as we identify the needs of the community and implement new programs. We encourage you to visit the Community Resources section of this site to explore the vast resources and services we provide. Your input is welcome, so if you have suggestions for the website, the overall program or have an idea for a research project, we would like to hear from you.
Gordon R. Bernard, M.D.
Associate Vice Chancellor for Research
Vanderbilt University Medical Center