In February 2018, the University of Virginia applied for a Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA), which will allow us to join a national network of 60+ medical research institutions working together to improve the translational research process to get more treatments to more patients more quickly. The network collaborates locally and regionally to catalyze innovation in training, research tools, and processes. (We were featured on the Dean’s Office Blog in February, 2017, which you can read here.)
In order to apply for the CTSA, we needed to demonstrate that we already have a thriving clinical/translational research program across Grounds that facilitates activity across the Commonwealth. As such, we developed the Translational Health Research Institute of Virginia (THRIV), a pan-University effort. One of THRIV’s major milestones is to create a mentored career-development award, a program that will train small groups of junior faculty seeking a clinical and translational research career. The inaugural class — which includes faculty from the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Engineering and Applied Sciences — was announced in May and met for the first time just a few weeks ago.
Meet the inaugural THRIV Scholars Cohort here.
Meet the 2018 THRIV Scholars Cohort here.
Every week, the scholars come to the THRIV offices to participate in a curriculum which includes experiential learning, research methods instruction, mentored translational experiences, training in data sciences, as well as personal/professional development and off-Grounds site visits. The program started July 1 and the awardees will receive funding from the School of Medicine Dean’s Office for two years.
The entire THRIV team wishes to thank our leadership, department chairs, our teammates, our mentors, and our community. We have a large group of people supporting and participating in the growth and development of our scholars as they pursue their research projects and goals.