Evaluating the impact of the CTSA consortium on child health research
W. Charles Huskins, M.D., of Mayo Clinic and Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) collaborators developed and implemented a measurement strategy to evaluate the impact of the CTSA consortium on child health research.
The metrics paper, "Tracking the impact of the National Institutes of Health Clinical and Translational Science Awards on child health research: developing and evaluating a measurement strategy," was recently published in Pediatric Research. In May Dr. Huskins was featured in a Pediatric Research podcast about their findings.
"We found that institutions that received CTSAs from 2006-09 provided substantial support for child health research through a variety of means including overall funding, pilot study grants, use of clinical research centers, and mentored research training awards," said Dr. Huskins. "Although these findings are positive, previous studies indicate that additional investment in child health research will be necessary to improve the future health and well-being of children in the U.S.," he added.
Reflecting on his personal child health research experience at Mayo Clinic Dr. Huskins said, "The Mayo Clinic Center for Translational Science Activities (CTSA) was instrumental in conducting research that would have been impossible prior to the award."