The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Translational Research Institute (TRI) is one of 62 institutions chosen nationally to help scientists achieve better, faster and more relevant results for public health. A 2009 Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), along with significant UAMS support, enabled the creation of the TRI in 2011.

NCATS’ investment has allowed TRI to become a “change agent” for the development of a dynamic, continuously improving network to support translational research. TRI has led the integration of silos of research, consolidated pre-existing research infrastructure systems, and built new, interprofessional teams across its Hub sites – Arkansas Children’s Hospital and its Research Institute (ACHRI), the UAMS campus in Northwest Arkansas, and the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System (CAVHS). TRI’s 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 new 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.