Director's Message Title

Katherine Luzuriaga, MD

Katherine Luzuriaga, M.D.
PI and Director,
UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science
Vice Provost, Clinical and Translational Research
UMass Memorial Health Care Chair in Biomedical Research
Professor, Program in Molecular Medicine,
Pediatrics and Medicine
University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester

About the Director

The UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science (UMCCTS) was founded in 2006 to enhance clinical and translational research across the five University of Massachusetts campuses (Amherst, Boston, Dartmouth, Lowell, UMass Medical School) and our clinical partner, UMass Memorial Health Care. With the receipt of an NIH Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) in 2010, and its successful renewal in 2015, the UMCCTS joined a network of 62 NIH-funded centers collaborating to transform the conduct of clinical and translational research across the U.S. Other key partners include our patients and communities, foundations, biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, and members of the venture capital and philanthropic communities.

UMCCTS goals are: 1) To accelerate the translation of basic discoveries into practical, cost effective solutions that improve human health; and 2) To develop and support the next generation of leaders in clinical and translational research. By supporting investigation that improves the science of translation and that accelerates the translation of UMass discoveries into products for clinical use, we will improve the health of citizens of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the world.

We encourage you to browse through our website to learn more about how the UMCCTS catalyzes clinical and translational research through education and training, pilot funding programs, cores, and services.

  • 08/29/16
    Webinar

    "Translating Basic Discoveries into Applied Technologies and Product Candidates at the Institution for Applied Life Sciences" - Team Science Webinar

    Hosted By: UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science
    Location: WEBINAR
    11:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Presented by, Peter Reinhart, PhD, Director, Institute for Applied Life Sciences and Clinical Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Massachusetts Amherst.

    This presentation will provide an overview of the newly formed Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS) at UMass Amherst, and discuss learnings and challenges faced implementing a biotech-like ‘team science’ approach within an academic setting. 

    Registration is now open!  Click here to register for this educational and informative webinar.


  • 09/01/16
    PhD Thesis Defense

    "Viral Proteases as Drug Targets and the Mechanisms of Drug Resistance"

    Hosted By: Celia Schiffer, PhD, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, UMMS
    Location: Lazare Research Building, Conference Room 816, UMMS
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Presented by Kuan-Hung Lin, Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, UMMS


  • 09/01/16
    PhD Thesis Defense

    "Overcoming Toxicity from Transgene Overexpression Through Vector Design in AAV Gene Therapy for GM2 Gangliosidoses"

    Hosted By: Miguel Sena-Esteves, PhD, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, UMMS
    Location: Albert Sherman Center AS6-2072, UMMS
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Presented by, Diane Golebiowski, Interdisciplinary Graduate Program, UMMS


  • 09/01/16
    Seminar

    "Astrocyte-derived Exosomes in Astrocyte-to-Neuron Communication: Novel Players in the Stress Response"

    Hosted By: Vivian Budnik, PhD, Program in Neuroscience and Neurobiology, UMMS
    Location: Lazare Research Buildng, conference room 716, UMMS
    12:15 pm - 1:15 pm

    Presented by, Ursula Wyneken, PhD, Professor, Centro de Investigaciones Biomedicas, Universidad de los Andes, Chile


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