Mayo Clinic's just launched its new and improved "front door" for translational research. The Center for Translational Science Activities at Mayo has launched its new and enhanced web site. Why is that so important? Much of what the CTSAs do is to make medical research relevant to the needs of their communities. This site goes far to help that effort as well as to interface with people who are interested in going into translational research as a career.
Mayo Clinic was one of the first institutions awarded a CTSA grant by NIH -- $72 million -- to bring research findings into medical practice so they directly impact patients and communities. If you've not looked at what Mayo's CTSA is up to, I urge you to take the opportunity. The CTSA is the integrated model of medical research for the future, breaking down the institutional "silos" in traditional medical centers. At Mayo, we welcome the concept, as integration of research, education and practice has always been part of what we are.