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Vermont Center for Clinical and Translational Science ~ 2013 Annual Report

Richard Galbraith, M.D., Ph.D., Director

The Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) at the University of Vermont is dedicated to the pursuit of transdisciplinary research that translates knowledge from the cellular and molecular level into interventions for individuals and populations.

The Center provides a seamless opportunity for young professionals to be trained in clinical and translational research through a Certificate, a Master of Science, or a Doctor of Philosophy degree under the auspices of the CCTS Educational Program led by Benjamin Littenberg, M.D. The other important mission of the Center is to facilitate and carry out transdisciplinary research. To this end, the Center has recruited four faculty members with exceptional skills. They are bioinformaticians Indra Neil Sarkar, Ph.D., and Elizabeth Chen, Ph.D.; health care economist Christopher Jones, Ph.D.; and Thomas Simpatico, M.D., who is a public psychiatry specialist and medical director of the Medicaid Program in the State of Vermont. By combining their skills this group has forged novel interdisciplinary interactions with others at the University, at Fletcher Allen and throughout the state.

Dr. Sarkar is a member of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Healthcare Delivery and Methodologies Integrated Review Group. Dr. Chen is principal investigator on an NIH grant, “Leveraging the EHR to Collect and Analyze Social, Behavioral & Familial Factors” and sits on three NIH Study Sections. Dr. Jones is principal investigator on a grant from CSL Behring, Inc., titled “Retrospective Proof of Concept/ Data Query/Cost Analysis Using the VHCURES Data for the Last 5 Years” and is a member of and reviewer for the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research. Dr. Simpatico is principal investigator on a Department of Veterans Affairs grant, titled “Supportive Services for Veteran Families”. These four investigators, along with Russell Tracy, Ph.D. who directs both the Laboratory for Clinical Biochemistry Research and Translational Technologies in the CCTS, also make their unique skills available to other investigators within the University.

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