In 2005, the UNM Health Sciences Center reorganized its research efforts
into Signature Research Programs to enrich the environment for the advancement
of clinical/translational research and to establish comprehensive research
programs that have "bench to bedside" and community components.
These Programs are focused around critical health problems affecting New
Mexico residents and bridge the clinical and basic sciences to more rapidly
deliver discoveries in molecular medicine to the clinical setting. In
this manner, the Signature Research Programs lower the barriers between
disciplines and provide the foundation for productive interdisciplinary
research for the
Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA).
In addition to their established research components, each Signature
Research Program supports the training and advancement of the next generation
of clinical/translational researchers. As stated in the NIH
Roadmap Initiative, the future of Biomedical research requires trainees
who will be able "to lead and/or engage in integrative and team approaches
to solve complex biomedical and health problems". Meeting this challenge
requires an innovative Graduate Program supported by faculty and students
with diverse interests who readily cross the boundaries of their disciplines.
For additional information on the Clinical and Translational Science
Award (CTSA), see the following links: