Engineering Plays Role in ICTS $6.9 Million Grant

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The Institute for Clinical and Translational Science at the University of Iowa has won $6.9 million to continue academic, educational, and research programs for researchers throughout the university.

The grant from the National Institutes of Health is the second Clinical and Translational Science Award received by the UI. It will allow the ICTS to continue offering research resources and training, services, pilot grant funding, and educational opportunities to UI investigators.

Those from the College of Engineering who play a role at the ICTS are Tom Casavant, professor of electrical and computer engineering and biomedical engineering and director of the Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology.  Casavant is a member of the ICTS Scientific Operatons and Oversight Committee.  Ibrahim Ozbolat, assistant professor of mechanical and industrial engineering and researcher at the Center for Computer-Aided Design, has a pilot grant through the ICTS.  In addition, the ICTS provides approx. 63 terabytes of computer storage to the college for research work.

Clinical and translational science improves health through innovation and discovery in four main areas:

  • Translating basic science research to humans
  • Testing new treatments and interventions
  • Applying research recommendations and guidelines to clinical practice
  • Developing new policies to benefit populations

Also as part of the grant, the ICTS will continue its five-year partnership with the Clinical and Translational Science Award consortium. The consortium consists of 60 institutions committed to improving human health by streamlining scientific procedures, transforming training environments, and improving the conduct, quality, and dissemination of clinical and translational research.

Besides the College of Engineering, the ICTS includes scientists and academics from 10 other UI colleges as well as researchers participating in the Clinical and Translational Science Award program, which is led by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, part of the National Institutes of Health.