ABOUT US

We drive research translation into evidence-based clinical and community practices that improve the health of South Florida’s diverse population.

What We Do

The Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) provides crucial support and resources to our investigators as they plan and implement research studies and clinical trials that aim to improve the health of patients and communities.

We work tirelessly to help ensure scientific discoveries become tangible outcomes that can be applied to disease prevention, treatments and practices that improve health.

Equal importance is placed on helping our physician-scientists translate clinical and public health observations into relevant research questions for further investigation. We believe this cyclical relationship is what drives progress and what will ultimately lead to better health outcomes for South Florida’s diverse communities and beyond.

Our Goal

Our goal is to move innovative and high-quality research forward with greater efficiency. We do this in numerous concrete ways, including by:  

  • providing seed funding for research projects,  
  • supporting the career development of promising early stage researchers,  
  • building education and training programs,  
  • improving research processes and disseminating best practices,  
  • developing tools that help researchers access and analyze clinical data,  
  • bringing together multidisciplinary study teams,  
  • fostering strong collaborations with academic, clinical and community partners 
  • and linking research with our diverse communities to ensure we are tackling the most urgent health needs. 

NIH funded and a member of National Clinical and Translational Science Award Consortium (CTSA) since 2012, the Miami CTSI brings together pillars of regional healthcare to form its hub, share expertise and resources and expand outreach. 

Our Programs

Fundamental to accomplishing the mission of the CTSI is the development and support of research services and resources that foster excellence in translational research, promote team science, build research partnerships in the community, and establish workforce development programs. These initiatives are accomplished through the following programs.

Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Research Design

Collaboration and Multidisciplinary Team Science

Community and Stakeholder Engagement

Institutional Career Development Core (KL2)

Informatics

Integrating Special Populations

Network Capacity / Participant and Clinical Interactions

Pilot Translational and Clinical Studies

Regulatory Knowledge and Support

Translational Workforce Development

Miami CTSI Leaders at Spring CTSA Meeting 2022

Our Mission & Vision

The mission of the Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) is to accelerate and transform culturalized clinical and translational science.

Our vision is to be indispensable to our translational researchers and to: (1) foster a proficient research workforce, (2) implement a research resource model to promote sharing and efficient use of resources, including information and people, (3) achieve continuous quality improvement, and (4) unite Hub Partners, stakeholders, and researchers to effectively plan, conduct, and translate research to care.

Who We Are

The CTSI Executive Leadership Team consists of proven leaders within the medical, scientific, public health, and professional fields who bring complementary expertise and experience to the Institute.

Ralph
Sacco, M.D.

Director & Multi-Principal Investigator

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Olveen
Carrasquillo, M.D, M.P.H.

Co-Director & Multi-Principal Investigator

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Erin
Kobetz, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Co-Director & Multi-Principal Investigator

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Dushyantha
Jayaweera, M.D.

Associate Director & Co-Investigator

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W. Dalton
Dietrich, III, Ph.D.

Associate Director & Co-Investigator

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Sheela
Dominguez, MBA, CRA

Executive Director of CTSI Strategic Operations

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Daru Lane
Ransford

Executive Director of CTSI Business Operations

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Operations Staff
Program Leadership
Executive Committee
Alignment Committee
CLICC
External Advisory Committee

CTSA Consortium

The Miami CTSI is part of the national consortium Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA). The goal of the consortium is for CTSA institutions to work together to transform the local, regional, and national environment to increase the efficiency and speed of clinical and translational research across the country.

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About Translation

The process of turning observations in the laboratory, clinic and community into interventions that improve the health of individuals and the public — from diagnostics and therapeutics to medical procedures and behavioral changes.

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Cite the CTSI

Help to ensure the future of clinical and translational research at the University of Miami. Cite our grant award any time you use Miami CTSI resources, services or receive direct support: UL1TR002736.

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