Stay in touch with research developments featuring UB CTSI investigators and other newsworthy accomplishments from around the Buffalo Translational Consortium and the national Clinical and Translational Science Award network.

Are these three terms – translational research, translation and translational science – interchangeable? The short answer is “no.”
For clinical investigators, discovering a new drug, treatment or device is only the first goal of research. The real reward comes when the discovery makes it into the hands of the patients who will benefit from it.
Medical researchers face numerous roadblocks as they plan and conduct clinical trials. But a national collaborative network is now paving the way for investigators to perform multi-site studies in better, faster and less expensive ways.
Helping pregnant women to quit smoking. Evaluating the effectiveness of drugs in the treatment of Multiple Sclerosis. Speeding up recovery time for victims of traumatic brain injury.

The University at Buffalo Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) held its biennial Creative Scientist Workshop “Enhancing Collaboration: Fostering an Evidence-Based Approach to Improving CTSA Network Capacity” on February 26-27. In a completely virtual environment, the workshop sought to foster collaboration and team science, particularly with those across the national NIH Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) consortium. Compared to the 2017 workshop held in Buffalo, not only did the number of registrations increase, but more than half of the CTSA hubs were represented.


The 2019 CTSI Professional Development Workshop series, offered for the third consecutive year, kicked off on May 8. “Looking Forward to Promotion and Tenure,” was presented by Suzanne Laychock, PhD, Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology and Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and by Sofia Tangalos, senior staff assistant for Faculty Affairs both with the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.


CTSI Chief Financial Officer Erin Bailey, MSM, and CTSI Research Administrator Erin O’Byrne, MBA provide leadership within the CTSI for publication compliance and have conducted multiple Open Research Office workshops and technical assistance sessions on this topic.


The CTSI Workforce Development Core will be awarding digital badges for the Responsible Conduct of Research and Scientific Communication core competency workshop series this spring. A digital badge is a new way of learning that allows individuals to showcase their achievements to employers, colleagues and peers. All members of the Buffalo Translational Consortium are eligible to take advantage of these free digital badging opportunities, including students, staff and faculty members.