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2012 Awardee


Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute

Miami, Florida

Principal Investigator

José Szapocznik, Ph.D., University of Miami

Olveen Carrasquillo, M.D., M.P.H., and study participant.

Dr. Olveen Carrasquillo, director of community engagement and cultural diversity in the Miami CTSI, is pictured with a study participant in a National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute study examining the role of community health workers in improving the health status of Latino diabetics. (John Zillioux Photo)

In a community with approximately 80 percent racial/ethnic minorities, members of the Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) work together to drive scientific discovery and its translation into evidence-based practices that improve the health of South Florida. Unique among CTSA institutions, the Miami CTSI is co-funded by the NIH National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities and headed by a minority investigator dedicated to research with racial/ethnic minorities. The Miami CTSI is dedicated to making significant contributions in minority health and health disparities and in training underrepresented minorities in clinical and translational research. Involving the larger Miami community in a transformational process, the Miami CTSI is building a visionary, far-reaching research enterprise that encompasses internationally-renowned clinical services for 1.6 million patients unmatched in cultural diversity; world-class research in areas of highly-visible public concern (i.e., child health, obesity, diabetes, drug abuse, HIV, spinal cord injury, cancer and eye disease); globally-recognized ethics programs that house the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative human subjects protection training program; pioneering medical training initiatives throughout the hemisphere; and a nationally-recognized 35-year record of exemplary community engagement and research. Fundamental to accomplishing the Miami CTSI's mission is the orchestration of research programs, services, resources and training in novel ways that foster excellence in discovery, innovation and translation; elevate research ethics; promote collaboration among diverse disciplines; and build full research partnerships with diverse communities.

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