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August 18, 2015

Translating Ideas into Practice – Transformational funding awards

By Elizabeth Zimmermann

Mayo Clinic joined a unique group recently, with the announcement of the Patient-Center Outcomes Research Institute’s expansion of PCORnet. Read news release.

family practiceA large collaborative initiative, PCORnet is designed to link researchers, patient communities, clinicians, and health systems in productive research partnerships that leverage the power of large volumes of health data maintained by the partner networks. PCORnet seeks to enable the nation to conduct clinical research more efficiently than is now possible while ensuring that research focuses on the questions and outcomes that matter most to patients and caregivers.

Holding a lead role in two of the seven new partner networks awarded funding, Mayo Clinic became one of only two institutions leading three key grants supporting translational and patient-oriented research:  Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA), Clinical Data Research Networks and Patient Powered Research Networks.

These awards fund collaborative community-centered clinical research, strive to accelerate and early clinical trials findings into new treatments, and, in the case of CTSA awards especially, seek to train the next generation of clinical and translational researchers.

These are integrated in major collaborative activities at Mayo Clinic to promote translation. The Center for Clinical and Translational Science and the Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery partner to lead the newly-awarded clinical data research network: the Patient-Centered Network of Learning Health Systems (LHSNet). The Center for Individualized Medicine, the Center for Regenerative Medicine, and the Center for Innovation also exist to transform health care and the way patients experience health care.

Each of these centers has a unique and synergistic role here at Mayo. Their efforts align with the Mayo Clinic Model of Care, which has served our organization for 150 years. That model includes a team approach, a culture of respect and innovation, a focus on quality and continued scholarship to improve care. The values inherent in that model are being translated into innovative ways to improve population health, define and increase value, and enhance experience for patients everywhere.

We are proud of this long tradition of collegial research and health care delivery, and pleased that our newest collaboration will move forward with this PCORI funding. Together we will continue to build the evidence base, and translate science into best practice.


roger1Véronique Roger, M.D., M.P.H. (@VeroniqueRoger1), is a cardiologist, LHSNet co-principal investigator, and the director of the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery. 

khosla1 Sundeep Khosla, M.D., is an endocrinologist, LHSNet co-principal investigator and director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Clinical and Translational Science.



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