The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio  and 11 South Texas partners have earned a $22.7 million federal grant to speed research discoveries from laboratory concepts to practical applications benefiting patient care and public health.
The National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), announced the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA)  on Monday. The grant is for five years through 2018 and follows a just-concluded CTSA that began in 2008.
The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas also received a CTSA.
Currently, only four Texas institutions have CTSAs and all are within the UT System. In addition to the UTHSC San Antonio and UT Southwestern awards, UTHSC Houston  and UT Medical Branch-Galveston  are recipients of another CTSA funding cohort.
CTSA programs improve the health status of communities by accelerating scientific discoveries and public health applications, fostering team science and expanding and diversifying the workforce of translational biomedical scientists.