The UAMS Translational Research Institute was established in 2011 with significant UAMS support and a Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS).
NCATS’ investment has allowed TRI to become a catalyst for the development of a dynamic, continuously improving network that supports translational research. TRI has led the integration of research silos, consolidated pre-existing research infrastructure systems, and built interprofessional teams across its Hub sites – Arkansas Children’s Hospital and its Research Institute (ACRI), the UAMS campus in Northwest Arkansas, and the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System (CAVHS).
TRI’s biomedical informatics team developed a unique platform that provides state-of-the-art information management for clinical studies throughout the Hub and at other sites. The Hub’s community-engaged researchers have incorporated the perspectives of numerous stakeholders into our research approach, resulting in the establishment of new, federally funded programs. Our KL2 Scholars Program for early career investigators has produced a diverse cadre of successful faculty who are leading funded research programs that involve partnerships with state agencies and communities.
TRI’s professional staff help researchers navigate the UAMS research infrastructure and facilitate access to UAMS and TRI resources available for clinical and translational research, ensuring researchers receive timely and appropriate support. To address health disparities, TRI fosters long-term partnerships with communities to help guide the development of meaningful research projects.
TRI’s mission is to be a catalyst for translational research initiatives in Arkansas and the U.S. that accelerate and disseminate advances to prevent, diagnose, and treat human illness.