Director's Welcome

Sally Hodder, WVCTSI Director

Welcome to the West Virginia Clinical and Translational Science Institute (WVCTSI) where we are building research infrastructure across West Virginia to improve health outcomes.  WVCTSI was originally created in 2012 with a five-year Clinical and Translational Research (CTR) award from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) along with generous support from multiple West Virginia institutions.

We are delighted to share that we have recently successfully competed for a $20 MM, 5-year renewal of this award, and we are grateful for the generous contributions totaling $35 MM from West Virginia institutions. This new funding will enable WVCTSI to continue driving discoveries that directly impact the health of our state.

As we embark on our new funding cycle, we are excited to welcome new partners Marshall University, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and the Department of Veterans Affairs, to build upon the momentum established over the last five years with continuing partners WVU Medicine, the Charleston Area Medical Center, WVU (including regional campuses in Charleston and Martinsburg), and the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine.

Much has been accomplished over the past five years. A 74-site Practice-Based Research Network for the conduct of clinical studies in rural areas was created as was   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 618 linked publications and over $40 MM in new external funding. WVCTSI’s ECHO programs have expanded statewide rural access to specialty care for patients with hepatitis C, chronic pain, and medication-assisted treatment. But there is much, much more to do. WVCTSI seeks to substantively contribute to meaningful improvements in health outcomes, concentrating on addiction (and resultant emergent epidemics such as Hepatitis C), cancer, cardiovascular diseases, chronic lung diseases, and neurologic diseases. 

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

Sally L. Hodder, MD

WVCTSI Director