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The goal of the West Virginia Clinical and Translation Science Institute's (WVCTSI) IDeA CTR proposal is to expand our infrastructure for, and practice of, clinical and translational research to a level competitive for a Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA). 

To realize our ambitious goal, the WVCTSI, which includes West Virginia University, Charleston Area Medical Center, West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, and West Virginia United Health Systems, has partnered with the Appalachian Translational Research Institute, which was founded by our IDeA state partner and CTSA recipient the University of Kentucky.

The WVCTSI will achieve its goal through pursuit of three aims:

1) Grow the WVCTSI as an academic home and a catalyst for clinical and translational research that targets cancer, cardiovascular-stroke, and obesity related diseases
2) Establish cross cutting research partnerships among the WVCTSI partnered institutions and collaborating CTSAs at University of Kentucky, Ohio State University, and Indiana University to increase our research capacity
3) Utilize innovative recruitment, training, and mentoring strategies to develop clinical and translational scientists at each of the WVCTSI institutions.