With support from TRI, researchers are using a multi-pronged approach to address health disparities in the Pacific Islander community in northwest Arkansas.

The UAMS Translational Research Institute (TRI) provides resources to ensure the swift translation of research into health care advances. Established in 2009 and supported by the National Institutes of Health National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), TRI is a member of NCATS’ Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) program. TRI’s goals include moving health science discoveries more quickly and efficiently into practice. This concept is often summarized by the phrases “bench-to-bedside” and “bedside-to-community” research. TRI provides timely access to research resources, including consultations, training and funding opportunities for both clinical and community-based investigators.

This support is available to UAMS researchers at the central UAMS campus, the UAMS Northwest Campus in Fayetteville, Arkansas Children’s Hospital and its Research Institute, and Central Arkansas Veteran’s Healthcare System.

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.