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Vermont Medicine Magazine

Vermont Center for Clinical and Translational Science ~ 2014 Annual Report

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

The Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) 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 four faculty members with unusual skills. They are Indra Neil Sarkar, Ph.D. and Elizabeth Chen, Ph.D., bioinformaticians; Christopher Jones, Ph.D., health care economist; and Thomas Simpatico, M.D., public psychiatry and medical director of the Medicaid Program in the State of Vermont. Combining their skills they have forged novel interdisciplinary interactions with others at the University, at The University of Vermont Medical Center, and throughout the state.

Dr. Sarkar is an ad hoc member of six National Institutes of Health (NIH) Study Sections and recently received four years of NIH funding for his grant “A Knowledge Base for Clinically Relevant Genes and Variants.” Dr. Chen is principal investigator on an NIH grant, “Leveraging the EHR to Collect and Analyze Social, Behavioral & Familial Factors,” and chairs one and sits on three NIH Study Sections. Dr. Jones is principal investigator on a grant from the Green Mountain Care Board and is a pilot investigator on the Vermont Center on Behavior and Health grant directed by Stephen Higgins, Ph.D. He reviews for the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research and the Society for Medical Decision Making. Dr. Simpatico is principal investigator on a Department of Veterans Affairs grant, “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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