CCTS TL1 Program
The NIH Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) program was launched in 2006 and is funded by the National Center for Advancing Translational Science (NCATS). The CTSA program seeks to create “...a definable home for clinical and translational research.” To date, there are more than 50 CTSA Program hubs at institutions across the country.
UTHealth was one of the first universities, of only twelve, granted a CTSA in 2006, and the UTHealth award was renewed in 2012 and 2019. The UTHealth CTSA is held in partnership with MD Anderson Cancer Center and Memorial Hermann Hospital, and the program extends across all six schools offering doctoral training in the UTHealth system.
The UT Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences (CCTS) serves as the central organizing entity for all of the Houston CTSA components, which includes TL1 and KL2 training programs. The CCTS TL1 Program is coordinated through the MD Anderson UTHealth Graduate School, which is a joint venture of UTHealth and MD Anderson Cancer Center. The TL1 program is open to PhD (including MD/PhD) predoctoral students from across the six UTHealth Schools and postdoctoral trainees at UTHealth and MD Anderson Cancer Center who meet the eligibility criteria (see Trainee Eligibility). Trainees accepted into the TL1 Program receive a stipend, health insurance, and modest travel funds in addition to resources and training in clinical and translational science.
Because UTHealth is comprised of six schools, trainees’ research projects can be incredibly diverse – a characteristic that the TL1 Program views as a distinct advantage. Appointment to the TL1 program requires trainees to conduct scientifically rigorous research studies that are either clinical or translational in nature. The studies may fall anywhere on the translational research continuum and may be classified into any field, from epidemiological health disparities practices to pre-clinical cancer or cardiovascular therapies to structural and functional imaging of disease states.
Further, through the Texas Regional CTSA Consortium, the CCTS TL1 Trainees have access to resources and training opportunities at the three other CTSA institutions in Texas: