Translation, Innovation, and Education
3rd Annual Forum Draws a Crowd

More than 500 faculty, staff, and students attended the Clinical and Translational Research Forum on March 11th. The Forum showcased the entire spectrum of clinical and translational research at UTMB, and allowed participants the opportunity to share ideas, talk with potential collaborators, and learn about resources for their work.

Held in a new venue this year (the 1st floor hallway of Research Building 6 and University Hospital Clinics), the event was jointly sponsored by the Institute for Translational Sciences (ITS) and the Office of the Vice President for Research. Twenty five of UTMB’s research resources sent representatives to talk to investigators about adding value to their research through the use of state-of-the-art tools for analyzing genomic proteomic data, conducting statistical analysis, preparing grant proposals, analyzing networks, filing patents and protecting intellectual property.

More than 100 posters were presented from a wide array of departments at UTMB, as well as from Shriners Burns Hospital. In addition to highlighting UTMB’s strength in such disciplines as: infectious diseases, allergy, immunology, burns research, vaccine development, and ethical issues in human research, the research represented work across the translational research spectrum. Topics ranged from Basic Science Discovery–Preclinical or “bench” research directed at mechanisms and presentations of human disease (T0) and Translation to Humans–Testing basic science discoveries for clinical effect and/or applicability (T1) through Translation to Patients–Testing new interventions in human subjects under controlled environments to form the basis for clinical applications and evidence-based guidelines and Translation to Practice– Research on the application of new interventions or therapies in general practice; research that yields knowledge on best ways to implement new medical interventions in the clinic (T2 and T3) to Translation to Population–Investigations of factors and/or interventions that influence the health of populations (T4).

Nearly 40 of the featured projects were supported by the ITS, either as pilot projects or through the involvement of ITS’s Multidisciplinary Translational Teams (MTTs). These teams serve as rich training environments, and several of the student poster award winners are members of MTTs: Burns Injury and Hypermetabolic Response, Novel Point-of-care Diagnostic Tests for Neglected Parasitic Diseases, Development of Novel Therapeutics for Clostridium Difficile Infection, Aging Muscle and Sacropenia and Pathogenesis and Vaccine Development for Arenavirus Infections.