Director's Welcome

Sally Hodder, WVCTSI Director

Welcome to the West Virginia Clinical and Translational Institute (WVCTSI) where we are building research infrastructure across the state to improve health outcomes for West Virginians.  WVCTSI was created with a five-year Clinical and Translational Research (CTR) award ($19.6 MM) in 2012 from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences and complemented by $33.6 MM in commitments from West Virginia institutions.

Over the past four-and-a-half years, WVCTSI has been a transformative force in translational research. Among our accomplishments, we formed a 72-site Practice Based Research Network for the conduct of clinical studies in rural areas and built a data warehouse containing information on over 2 million patients that serves as a cornerstone for health outcomes research and predictive modeling. WVCTSI has exponentially increased productivity with more than 540 linked publications and $26.7 MM in new external funding.  The impact is palpable. For example, a WVCTSI-supported study provided data instrumental in convincing West Virginia Medicaid to reimburse retinal screening of diabetic patients in rural primary care clinics. 

The WVCTSI team has established a superb base of services and relationships to drive real solutions for better health in West Virginia. We invite you to join us in this endeavor that is critical to the future for our state.

Sally L. Hodder, MD

WVCTSI Director