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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

  • 02/08/16


    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.

    Case presentation - Dr. Sheldon Benjamin, Psychiatry
    Discussion of the Biology of Schizophrenia - Dr. Kenneth Futai, BNRI

    Sandwiches and beverages will be served.

  • 02/09/16

    "Discovery and Development of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis for Lyme Disease: A Novel Transmission Interruption Strategy"

    Hosted By: Molecular, Cell and Cancer Biology, UMMS
    Location: Lazare Research Building, 5th floor conference room 516, UMMS, Worcester
    11:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Presented by, Mark Klempner, MD, Professor of Medicine, Executive Vice Chancellor, MassBiologics of UMass Medical School

  • 02/09/16

    "Diet, Microbiome Diversity and Antibiotic Resistance in Frail Elders"

    Hosted By: Department of Quantitative Health Sciences, UMMS
    Location: Albert Sherman Center, 9th floor conference room AS9-2072, UMMS, Worcester
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

    Presented by:
    Celia Schiffer, PhD, Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, UMMS
    Jennifer Tjia, MD, MSCE, Quantitative Health Sciences, UMMS
    Doyle Ward, PhD, Microbiology and Physiological Systems, UMMS

    Lunch will be provided.

  • 02/10/16

    "Precision Medicine 2.0: Using Next-Generation Sequence-Based DNA Profiling for Breast Cancer Patients"

    Hosted By: Leslie Shaw, PhD, Cancer Biology, UMMS
    Location: Lazare Research Building, 4th floor conference room 416, UMMS, Worcester
    8:00 am - 9:00 am

    Breast Cancer Research Conference

    Presented by, Stephen Lyle, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Molecular, Cell & Cancer Biology, UMMS; Director, Molecular Diagnostics KEW Group, Inc., Cambridge, MA

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