Delta Clinical and Translational Science Consortium

Created to accelerate high quality
translational research to improve human health.

Delta Clinical and Translational
Health Disparities Conference

August 19, 2019
The University of Mississippi Medical Center
Jackson, MS

Partnering Institutions of the Delta CTSC

University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC)

Established in 1911, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) is composed of six colleges (Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions, and Graduate Health Sciences), and is statewide with four campuses throughout Tennessee: Memphis, Knoxville, Chattanooga, and Nashville. It is home to more than 3,000 students and 1,300 residents, doctoral students, and postdoctoral fellows, and boasts approximately $85 million per year in external research funding and sponsored programs. UTHSC formed the Tennessee Clinical and Translational Science Institute (TN-CTSI) to be a catalyst for an integrated research and training environment for clinical and translational research in order to improve efficiency and quality across the translational spectrum. With the research mission embraced by all four UTHSC campuses as well as all six Colleges, the Institute created a statewide interdisciplinary unit to accelerate clinical and translational research. TN-CTSI is partnered with the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, which has extension offices in every county of Tennessee, to increase its statewide reach and offer research opportunities to rural Tennesseans. The TN-CTSI is also partnering with the Data Science and Engineering program at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and the Advanced Computing Facility (a partnership between UTK, UTHSC, and Oakridge National Laboratory) to provide access to the most powerful super-computing and data science platforms available in the world.

Tulane University Translational Science Institute (TUTSI)

Since beginning as a medical college in 1834, Tulane University has grown into one of the most well-respected research universities in the country. Today, there are nearly 1,200 full-time faculty and 2,900 staff at Tulane which enrolls 13,200 students from more than 85 countries, including 8,500 under-graduates and 4,700 graduate/professional students. Tulane University is one of just 62 members of the Association of American Universities, an elite group of top-ranked research institutions. The faculty competed successfully for peer-reviewed grants with external research funds totaling $160 million in the past fiscal year. Tulane University established the Translational Science Institute in 2016 to promote and increase clinical, translational, and implementation research that has a direct impact on patient care and disease prevention. This objective is being achieved by developing successful independent investigators engaged in clinical, translational, and implementation research; facilitating collaboration among basic, clinical, and population scientists to conduct multidisciplinary research and team science; and building and expanding the clinical and community-based research infrastructure at Tulane University and in Louisiana.

Mississippi Clinical Research and Trials Center

The University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) is composed of seven separate schools: Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Health Related Professions, Pharmacy, Population Health, and Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences. It offers programs that lead to MD, PhD, DMD, DNS, DPT, MS, and nursing degrees. UMMC, as part of the University of Mississippi, is among a distinguished group of 115 institutions including Harvard, MIT and Johns Hopkins in the “highest research,” or R-1 category of the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. UMMC established the Mississippi Clinical Research and Trials Center to develop a powerful and sustainable research enterprise that focuses on clinical and translational research in Mississippi. The Institute promotes and nurtures team-science by training the next generation of clinical and translational researchers and encouraging career development.

About Delta CTSC

Aimed at improving health outcomes and eliminating health disparities across the entire lifespan in the Mississippi Delta region, the Delta Clinical and Translational Science Consortium includes the Tennessee Clinical and Translational Science Institute at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and the Tulane University Translational Science Institute, in collaboration with the Mississippi Clinical Research and Trials Center. Together we turn promising research into innovative solutions by further developing a diverse, well-trained workforce, engaging our communities in partnership, and collaboratively approaching challenges to improve the health of individuals in the Delta region and beyond.

Delta Consortium News

New UTHSC Tennessee Clinical and Translational Science Institute Established to Improve Human Health for Southerners

Researchers at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center have formed the Tennessee Clinical and Translational Science Institute (TN-CTSI) to address health inequities in the Southern United States. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the American South represented the largest population growth by region in 2017…

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Inaugural Collaborative Health Disparities Conference Aims to Combat Regional Health Inequities for Southerners

Envisioned by Steven R. Goodman, PhD, vice chancellor for Research at UTHSC, Richard L. Summers, MD, vice chancellor for Research at UMMC, and Laura S. Levy, PhD, vice president for Research at Tulane, the conference was designed to bring together health disparities researchers from UTHSC with those from UMMC and Tulane, allowing them to share their research…

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Two Teams of Multi-State Investigators Chosen as Collaborative Health Disparities Research Award Winners

The Delta Clinical and Translational Science Consortium has chosen two research teams as the 2018 Collaborative Research Network (CORNET) Awards in Health Disparities Research winners. The CORNET Awards in Health Disparities Research were created by leaders within the consortium to stimulate innovative, interdisciplinary…

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New Research Center Launched to Fight Health Disparities in the Delta

The Delta Clinical and Translational Science Consortium will be dedicated to improving the health of communities stretching along both sides of the Mississippi River from Memphis to New Orleans as well as the region around Jackson, Mississippi. With high concentrations of poverty and rural areas with low access to health care, the region struggles with high rates of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity. 

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Research teams awarded funding to fight health disparities in the Mississippi Delta

A new consortium backed by Tulane University, the University of Mississippi Medical Center and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center has awarded collaborative research grants to two teams of investigators fighting health disparities in the Mississippi Delta. The Delta Clinical and Translational Science Consortium…

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Researchers gather to explore solutions to Delta health disparities

Three of the South’s top academic medical centers – Tulane University, University of Mississippi Medical Center and University of Tennessee Health Science Center – came together hoping to translate collaborative research into clinical solutions to eliminate health disparities in the Delta region. UMMC on Thursday, July 19, hosted the inaugural Delta Clinical and Translational Science Health Disparities Conference…

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