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  • Robert J. Goldberg, PhD
    Robert J. Goldberg, PhD
    "In my nearly 30 years at this institution, this is one of the most important grants that we have received. It will re-invigorate the faculty, staff and trainees to greater heights of learning, teaching and applied research." Robert J. Goldberg, PhD, professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases and Vulnerable Populations in the Department of Quantitative Health Sciences 
  • Catarina Kiefe, MD, PhD
    Catarina Kiefe, MD, PhD
    "Receiving this award places UMMS firmly in a group of leading academic health sciences centers that are at the forefront of clinical and translational research. It validates my decision a year ago to join UMMS, an institution on a rapidly ascending trajectory and a very exciting place to be. My work both as the chair of a new department and as a researcher will be greatly enhanced by the national opportunities that will become available to us because we have a CTSA." Catarina Kiefe, MD, PhD, chair and professor of quantitative health sciences and professor of medicine
  • Patricia D. Franklin, MD
    Patricia D. Franklin, MD
    "The NIH CTSA recognizes the great strengths of the UMass Medical School research enterprise as well as the potential for UMMS to be a national and international leader in clinical and translational research. When I arrived seven years ago, the basic sciences were nationally recognized and the leadership was building infrastructure for clinical and translational research of equal quality. This commitment stemmed from a desire to innovate in clinical care and to be a leader in the translation of these discoveries to patient care. The CTSA acknowledges that this vision is becoming a reality.

    "Using CTSA-funded infrastructure, my colleagues and I hope to develop novel medical informatics tools that will allow patients with advanced arthritis to better care for their condition, monitor its impact on physical function and actively engage in evidence-based health care decisions. The UMMS system-wide clinical database will allow longitudinal studies of patient outcomes to define 'best practices' to ensure all patients receive optimal care. Finally, the CTSA will allow UMMS to continue refining the training programs for emerging physician-scientists who will lead the future of translational research." Patricia D. Franklin, MD, MBA, MPH, the Joy McCann Professor for Women in Medicine, associate professor of orthopedics & physical rehabilitation and family medicine & community health, and director of clinical and outcomes research in the Department of Orthopedics and Physical Rehabilitation
  • Ralph Zottola, PhD
    Ralph Zottola, PhD
    "The CTSA grant confirms the strength of our research program and our organization, and demonstrates support for our vision for translational research--that UMMS has 'the right stuff' to increase the efficiency and speed of clinical and translational research, leading to new discoveries and improved quality of life for all people. It is validating for me personally as well; one of my roles in this effort was to develop IT infrastructure to support translational research. I am grateful for the trust, support and latitude provided by institutional leaders, specifically Vice Provost for Research John Sullivan, School of Medicine Dean Terence Flotte and Chief Information Officer Robert Peterson.

    "UMMS was one of the first institutions to adopt the i2b2 platform for clinical research informatics, which has subsequently been adopted by more than 50 institutions worldwide. The platform became a tangible driver for our entire IT strategy, which has thrust UMMS into the forefront, as evidenced by the frequent consultation and speaking requests and the fact that several other institutions have adopted our model.

    "This grant has had a big impact for me already. I have been involved since the first writing teams were created and, for the past three years, I have been working closely with people in both the Medical School and with our clinical partner, UMass Memorial Health Care, to plan, design, implement and support infrastructure to enable translational research. This challenge has brought our organizations closer together and the collegiality feels good. I know it will eventually make a difference in people's lives." Ralph Zottola, PhD, ACIO, Academic & Research Computing Services
  • Luanne Thorndyke, MD
    Luanne Thorndyke, MD
    "UMass Medical School is among the premier group of academic health sciences centers committed to aligning and advancing their research efforts toward meaningful health outcomes for patients and populations. This award demonstrates UMMS research achievements, planning and investment in research infrastructure, and substantial promise for the future. The Office of Faculty Affairs is committed to the goal of promoting strategies to enhance faculty development and advancement. Targeted and tailored professional development programs, coupled with effective research mentoring, can provide support for faculty to gain new skills and knowledge in clinical and translational research. We will provide programs to enhance the research development of faculty, in alignment with the strategic plan and in collaboration with the leaders of the UMass CTSA." Luanne Thorndyke, MD, FACP, vice provost for faculty affairs.