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Overview of the PRCTRC
 

Consonant with the idea of establishing productive collaborations among local institutions and having a broader impact across all levels of the clinical and translational research agenda the, Puerto Rico Clinical and Translational Research Consortium (PRCTRC) will be established as a centralized administrative structure supporting activities in the three major health education institutions in the Island of Puerto Rico: the University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus (UPR-MSC), the Universidad Central del Caribe (UCC), and the Ponce School of Medicine (PSM). We propose to use multiple strategies to minimize the geographical separation of the institutions and to maximize the quality and efficiency of the multidisciplinary and inter-institutional collaborations and interactions. The proposed program will be integrative, incorporating resources and leadership from all three institutions, many of these under the RCMI-Clinical Research Center (RCMI-CRC) and the Comprehensive Center for Health Disparities (CCHD) but under a single administrative structure. The proposed program will be inclusive, incorporating leadership from all participating institutions at various levels of administrative responsibility. Finally, the proposed program will be novel, because it will provide a unique opportunity to incorporate resources and impact a state-size territory composed primarily of a minority population. We will accomplish our goals by establishing strong collaborations with the support of the highest institutional levels of decision making, as evidenced in Letters of Support from senior leadership of the three collaborating universities. We will foster an environment conducive to conducting clinical and translational research that is inclusive of resource sharing, multi- institutional discussions centered on the clinical problems of the population of Puerto Rico, disseminating information to investigators about opportunities to conduct clinical and translational research and the resources available to them, developing core laboratories and centralized services to enhance the competitiveness of grant applications.
 

FUNDING

The project is supported by grant U54 RR 026139-01A1 (RCMI Clinical and Translational Research award, University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus) from the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of NCRR or NIH.

 
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The Puerto Rico Clinical and Translational Research Consortium is a collaborative project of the the University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus, Universidad Central del Caribe and Ponce School of Medicine and Health Sciences.