The Business Journal of the Greater Triad Area
Thursday, December 17, 2009

Wake Forest University’s Translational Science Institute will organize itself around four programs and four specialized centers as it pursues its mission of translating medical research into improved health care, according to an announcement.

The Institute functions in support of research conducted at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, said Dr. Charles “Cash” McCall, director of the TSI.

“To best support this mission, the Wake Forest Baptist leadership is committed to building an infrastructure that facilitates and supports the clinical and translational research initiatives within our institution, with our academic partners and our community collaborators,” McCall said.

Each of the four programs provide functions enabling research to be translated into health care, while the centers provide the assets that allow for program activities.

The four programs are:

  • Clinical and translational research facilitation, which will expand services in support of clinical trial research
  • Community engagement and implementation, which will bring together community organizations, faculty and health care providers to focus research on relevant topics
  • Innovation and technologies, which will provide an incubator program for entrepreneurial activities
  • a Translation Research Academy, which will serve as the administrative home for educational activities.
    The specialized centers organized under the TSI will be in the areas of Biomedical Research Informatics, Primate Models of Chronic Diseases; Genomics and Personalized Medicine; and Population Science and Research Design.

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