The Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) is here to sharpen your science by helping to facilitate all of the processes that make up research and innovation. As needs arise—for a program, resource, collaboration, or conversation—we create solutions to help meet them. We strive to be flexible, efficient, and effective in helping you work through the details of your projects, every step of the way. Your science should be inspiring. We can help.

The CCTS is funded by a Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) from the National Center for Advancing Transactional Sciences, National Institutes of Health, and grant UL1TR001417. We are one of 62 CTSA programs nationwide and the only CTSA in Alabama. Established in 2008, the CCTS Partner Network, which spans 11 academic research institutions in three Deep South states (AL, MS, LA), is the foundation of our collaborative efforts. 


Through the efforts of the Center for Clinical and Translational Science, in partnership with numerous stakeholders, there will be equitable improvement in health and healthcare delivery locally, regionally and nationally. 

Mission and Aims

The mission of the Center for Clinical and Translational Science is to serve our region and a population heavily burdened with cardio-metabolic, vascular and cancer-related diseases in order to ameliorate disparities in these and other conditions that disproportionately affect minority and special populations represented within our region. This mission will be accomplished by leveraging the investigative and healthcare capacity of our region to continually enhance excellence in clinical and translational research and its delivery for human health.

In pursuit of our mission, CCTS's aims are centered around these five goals: 

  • To move discovery science and technology from model systems to human biology and clinical application. Excellence in innovative studies will position the CCTS as a regional and national leader in translating fundamental discovery into an impact on human health. 
  • To engage our populations in a systematics study of therapeutic interventions to improve both individual and population health. 
  • To sharpen our science across the translational spectrum
  • To accelerate workforce development, with skills for translational science
  • To engage the people we serve in the understanding and generation of new knowledge