Tennessee Clinical and Translational Science Institute (TN-CTSI), established by the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, aims to improve the health of Tennesseans and underserved populations in the South by providing education and training, fostering interdisciplinary teams, improving quality and efficiency, and engaging community stakeholders and partners in meaningful collaboration. TN-CTSI is designed to be a catalyst for an integrated research and training environment for clinical and translational research in order to improve efficiency and quality across the translational spectrum.
In 2018, UTHSC formed the Tennessee Clinical and Translational Science Institute (TN-CTSI) to catalyze an integrated and interdisciplinary statewide research and training environment for clinical and translational research aimed at improving the efficiency and quality across the translational spectrum.
In Summer 2018, TN-CTSI joined with the Tulane University Translational Science Institute and the Mississippi Clinical Research and Trials Center to form the Delta Clinical and Translational Science Consortium (DCTSC). The DCTSC is a unique partnership of three universities in the Mississippi Delta Region: The University of Tennessee Health Science Center and Tulane University form a Hub, and the University of Mississippi Medical Center joins the Consortium as a collaborating institution. The vision of the DCTSC is to “promote and support high-quality, interdisciplinary, team-based clinical and translational research aimed at improving health outcomes and eliminating health disparities across the entire lifespan in the Mississippi Delta region – particularly in rural areas and for underserved populations.”
The DCTSC was established based on our common objectives and challenges, an extensive history of collaboration, complementary expertise and experience of faculty and staff, strengths of each institution’s research infrastructures, and geographic locations within the Mississippi Delta region where poverty and health disparities are disproportionally affecting our populations. This multi-institutional Consortium allows the three institutions to complement one another and work together to achieve our common goals of improving health outcomes and eliminating health disparities through rigorous research, translation of discoveries to clinical applications, and implementation of the best practice and public health policy. The DCTSC was designed to bring our individual strengths together to tackle common challenges in our region while mitigating our individual limitations in order to conduct novel research across the translational research spectrum (T0-T4). The DCTSC will focus on rural and underserved populations, addressing health disparities to uncover interrelationships of disease phenotypes with genomics, health-related behaviors, environmental exposures, social factors, and healthcare access and quality that affects health across the full lifespan and will target the most prevalent diseases in the populations of Tennessee, Mississippi, and Louisiana.