Institute for Integration of Medicine &Science: A Partnership to Improve Health

Project: Research project

Project Details

Description

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA) has established the Institute
for Integration of Medicine and Science (IIMS) as the home for our Clinical and Translational Science Award
(CTSA). Our mission is to achieve optimal integration of clinical and translational research, education,
training, and career development across all UTHSCSA schools and among our partner organizations in the
South Texas region. IIMS will focus existing and newly developing resources and intellectual capital on
advancing the discipline of clinical and translational research for the improvement of human health.
Meaningful bidirectional community participation has promoted buy-in from all stakeholders and will remain a
key principle as IIMS continues to evolve. IIMS partners have brought together major talent and a broad
array of resources to create synergies that add value to all participating organizations, residents of our region
and the CTSA network. Key function working groups have developed many innovative approaches to
providing optimal support for IIMS investigators and programs. Distinctive features of IIMS include: 1) thriving
partnerships with key public and private organizations (academic, health care, public health, military), 2)
major investments in research resources and infrastructure, 3) the largest cadre of military health care and
biomedical research operations in the US, 4) one of the world's largest primate research colonies, 5) a
46,000 square mile service area populated by predominantly Hispanic residents comprising some of the
country's poorest people, plagued by high rates of health disparities, providing an opportunity, challenge and
obligation for us to make a significant impact on human health.
Within the context of our collective resources, community focus, and unique regional demographics, we
have identified four Specific Aims as the core elements of our CTSA application: Aim 1- To support
transformative clinical and translational research by providing a comprehensive infrastructure integrated
effectively among our partners for the creation of multidisciplinary clinical research teams; Aim 2- To create
the optimal intellectual environment and nurturing atmosphere necessary for the training of future clinical and
translational career investigators, building upon existing strengths, partnerships, a diverse trainee pool and
strong faculty dedication to mentoring; Aim 3- To develop community-based models that address the best
means for translating research findings, focusing on our unique population-specific risk factors, disease
burdens and health disparities; Aim 4- To implement robust tracking and outcome evaluation systems
across all IIMS programs. The mission of IIMS is sharply focused on public health. Indeed, our primary vision
is to work closely with all partners to translate the results of our academic and community-based research for
the direct benefit of our regional population.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date5/19/084/30/13

Funding

  • National Institutes of Health: $411,866.00
  • National Institutes of Health: $401,337.00
  • National Institutes of Health: $400,922.00
  • National Institutes of Health: $436,336.00

ASJC

  • Medicine(all)

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