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Mayo Clinic and the CCaTS Program: A Natural Fit

Our primary value

Mayo Clinic's primary value is that the needs of the patient come first. This commitment to our patients includes maintaining comprehensive and robust research programs that lead to improvements in patient care.

Awardees of the National Institutes of Health Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA), including Mayo Clinic, are charged with developing the next generation of multi-disciplinary researchers, as well as innovative research tools and technologies that can be used to synergize clinical and translational research at their institutions and inter-institutionally, while acting as a catalyst for the application of new knowledge and techniques to the front lines of patient care.

A rich history of translation

Mayo Clinic has a strong tradition of enabling interaction and collaboration between basic scientists and clinician-researchers. These interactions are critical if we are to achieve the ultimate goal of the CCaTS program — translating knowledge from laboratories into clinical practice.

As early as 1915, Mayo Clinic founders Drs. Will and Charlie Mayo recognized that advances in medical practice depended heavily on research.

The research we do today will determine the type of medical and surgical practice we carry on at the clinic tomorrow.

— William J. Mayo, M.D.

Every department and division at Mayo Clinic is involved in patient-oriented research; and approximately 70 percent of total research funding supports clinical and translational research. Among the approximately 1,700 staff physicians at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, over one-third are engaged in research.

The CCaTS program is a natural fit for Mayo Clinic — it is consistent with our core values and the overall approach we have taken to medicine for more than 100 years.

Facilitating research

CCaTS research resources span the entire research continuum, ranging from ethics and cross-cultural communication consultations to state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, to biostatistics, pharmacogenomics and imaging support. Its education resources serve all members of the research team throughout their career, and nurture and develop the investigators of tomorrow. The focus throughout CCaTS and Mayo Clinic research is the needs of the patient.

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