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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.

More Publications

  • 02/11/16
    Education / Training, Human Research

    "Accessing UMMS Platforms and Data to Enable Clinical Research-Designing your trial from concept to feasibility to implementation by defining criteria and recruiting patients" Clinical Research Professionals Group Meeting

    Hosted By: UMMS Human Research Protection Education Program
    Location: Lazare Conference Room S1-607, UMMS, Worcester
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    The UMass Human Research Protection Education Program is pleased to offer this informative seminar.


    MiCARD - Demonstrating how researchers rapidly compile large groups of well-characterized patients.

    TriNetX - Demonstrating how to go from a breast cancer study concept to designing your study then choosing inclusion and exclusion criteria to find patients.

    How you can access the UMMS Clinical Data Repository.


    Jomol Mathew, Associate Chief Information Officer for Research Technologies & Data Sciences, Information Technology, UMMS

    Vasu Chandrasekaran, Senior Research Data & Applications Specialist, Information Technology, UMMS

    Laurie Theriault, Instructional Technologist, REDCap System Administrator, Information Technology, UMMS

    The Clinical Research Professionals Group consists of clinical research staff throughout the University of MA Medical School, including Principal Investigators, Study Coordinators, Research Nurses, Administrators, and others. All research staff are invited to be part of the CRPG regardless of their role or background in clinical research.

    If you are interested in attending or have any questions, please RSVP HRPeducation@umassmed.edu

  • 02/11/16

    "Targeting Dehydrogenases in Cancer Metabolism"

    Hosted By: Michael Czech, PhD, Program in Molecular Medicine, UMMS
    Location: 3rd Floor Seminar Room, 373 Plantation Street, UMMS Biotech II
    4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    Presented by, Michael Pacold, MD, PhD, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research

  • 02/11/16

    "The role of TET proteins in mouse erythropoiesis"

    Hosted By: Molecular, Cell and Cancer Biology, UMMS
    Location: Lazare Research Buildgin, 5th floor conference room 516, UMMS, Worcester
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

    Presented by, Aishwarya Swaminathan, PhD, Socolovsky Lab, Molecular, Cell and Cancer Biology, UMMS

  • 02/11/16
    Grand Rounds

    "Early Progressive Renal Decline - A New Paradigm of Diabetic Nephropathy: Implications for Diagnosis and Treatment"

    Hosted By: Department of Medicine, Continuing Education Grand Rounds, UMMS
    Location: Hiatt Auditorium, S1-608, UMMS, Worcester
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

    Presented by, Andrzej S. Krolewski, MD, PhD, Genetics and Epidemiology, Research Division, Joslin Diabetes Center; Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

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