Director's Message Title

Katherine Luzuriaga, MD

Katherine Luzuriaga, M.D.
PI and Director,
UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science
Vice Provost, Clinical and Translational Research
UMass Memorial Health Care Chair in Biomedical Research
Professor, Program in Molecular Medicine,
Pediatrics and Medicine
University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester

About the Director

The UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science (UMCCTS) was founded in 2006 to enhance clinical and translational research across the five University of Massachusetts campuses (Amherst, Boston, Dartmouth, Lowell, UMass Medical School) and our clinical partner, UMass Memorial Health Care. With the receipt of an NIH Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) in 2010, and its successful renewal in 2015, the UMCCTS joined a network of 62 NIH-funded centers collaborating to transform the conduct of clinical and translational research across the U.S. Other key partners include our patients and communities, foundations, biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, and members of the venture capital and philanthropic communities.

UMCCTS goals are: 1) To accelerate the translation of basic discoveries into practical, cost effective solutions that improve human health; and 2) To develop and support the next generation of leaders in clinical and translational research. By supporting investigation that improves the science of translation and that accelerates the translation of UMass discoveries into products for clinical use, we will improve the health of citizens of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the world.

We encourage you to browse through our website to learn more about how the UMCCTS catalyzes clinical and translational research through education and training, pilot funding programs, cores, and services.

More Publications

  • 12/12/16

    "Disorders of Sleep Cycle"

    Hosted By: Departments of Neurobiology and Neurology, and the Office of Research, UMMS
    Location: Faculty Conference Room S1-342, UMMS, Worcester
    5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

    A conversation with patients, clinicians, and basic scientists. Faculty, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, clinicians, patients, and interested medical students are invited to attend.

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    Sandwiches and beverages will be served.

  • 12/12/16

    REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! "Strategies for Success in Collaboration and Team Science"

    Hosted By: UMMS Center for Biomedical Career Development in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and the UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science. It is co-sponsored by the UMass Medical School Office of Research, Office for Postdoctoral Scholars, and Office of Faculty Affairs
    Location: Faculty Conference Room S1-342, UMMS
    12:00 pm - 3:30 pm

    Presented by, L. Michelle Bennett, PhD, Director, Center for Research Strategy, NCI/NIH.

  • 12/13/16
    Education / Training

    Pathway to Independence (PI) Working Group

    Hosted By: Program Leaders: Robert Goldberg, PhD and Beth McCormick, PhD and the UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science and UMMS Office of Research
    Location: Albert Sherman Center, AS8-2072, UMMS
    4:00 pm - 5:15 pm

    The Pathway to Independence (PI) Working Group is available for all current and past K awardees and junior faculty who are contemplating the submission of an R-type grant (e.g., R01, R03, R21) to the NIH during the coming academic year as well as for those who might be considering foundation or other types of awards. This working group is particularly geared to young investigators who will be submitting grant proposals as part of their career pathway and are committed to a research career. This working group is intended to enhance, and not replace, mentoring by peers and senior faculty.

  • 12/13/16

    "A Metabolic View of Cardiovascular Disease"

    Hosted By: UMMS CVD Translational Research Seminar Series, UMMS
    Location: Albert Sherman Center, AS9-2072, UMMS
    4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

    Presented by, Michael Czech, PhD, Chair and Professor, Program in Molecular Medicine, UMMS

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