The Clinical Translational Research Advisory Committee (CTRAC) responds to strategic needs for clinical and translational research in the School of Medicine. It also serves as the Internal Advisory Committee for the Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CCTSI). CTRAC has worked to improve interactions between patient- and community-based researchers and to strengthen compliance and support services.
This committee meets monthly and serves as advisory to the Dean and the Vice Chancellor for Research.
CTRAC Initiatives in 2009-2013:
- Decided on a campus-wide database of researchers and their interests.
- Worked to improve Colorado Multiple Institutional Review Board (COMIRB) response time.
- Led campus faculty in discussion of whether the School of Medicine should partner with DaVita Inc. as it develops a Phase 1 inpatient unit in the neighboring bioscience park.
- Reviewed evaluation component of Colorado Clinial and Translational Sciences Institute (CCTSI), monitored social networking of CCTSI and principal investigators as a model for all Clinical and Translational Science Awards nationally.
- Endorsed $2 million for Positron Emission Tomography - Computed Tomography (PET-CT ), $200,000 for genome sequencer and $150,000 for Standard Operation Procedures.
- Supported initiation of REDCap Database for CCTSI.
- Reviewed Research Retreat presentations/initiatives for the Dean, emphasizing those that would support translational research.
- Reviewed access to library and on-line journals that are not available to Denver Health and Hospitals faculty or volunteer faculty.
- Reviewed research activities of faculty in College of Nursing, School of Pharmacy, VA, and downtown UCD, and research support activities of University of Colorado Health and Children's Hospital Colorado, 2012-13.