A National Initiative Focused on Immunotherapy Strategies
Clinical Transformation Program Research Grant
In 2021 the Clinical Transformation Program will fund projects that focus on the application of clinical research methodology to discover breakthroughs and new treatments, tools, and processes that will improve health care in the future. This program supports the concepts of clinical research with specific attention to emerging and cutting-edge discoveries that align with current movements in healthcare.
Since its inception, The Beckwith Institute’s Clinical Transformation Program (CTP) has funded novel research focused on challenging health care problems with the goal of achieving innovative solutions in patient care.
To respond to growing new challenges and emerging opportunities in medicine, in 2018 the Institute refocused the objectives of the Clinical Transformation Program.
Under its new focus, The Institute will work in close collaboration with the UPMC Immune Transplant and Therapy Center (ITTC).
Clinical Transformation grants now provide high-impact funding for ambitious and high-reward basic science research projects in immunology and other leading edge science that offer the potential to enhance human health — with the ultimate goal of dramatically accelerating the transfer of these scientific advancements from the lab to the bedside.
The Clinical Transformation Program lead grant under this new objective targets the biology of aging as a means to treat aging-related diseases such as cancer. Its goal is the development of a robust, cost-effective platform to test anti-aging therapies.
The project is spearheaded by the nationally and internationally recognized researcher Torin Finkel, MD, PhD.
Clinical Transformation grant proposals currently are solicitated by invitation only by UPMC and The Beckwith Institute. To learn more, contact Cassandra Heinle, program manager, The Beckwith Institute.
Clinical Transformation Grants Prior to 2018
Past Clinical Transformation grants focused on two funding initiatives:
- Bench at the Bedside — supported translational research with a specific focus on enhancing the application of evidenced-based patient care.
- Shared Decision Making — supported the comprehensive redesign of processes that put the involvement of the patient and their families at the core of all care. This initiative also led to the creation of the Beckwith Center for Shared Decision Making (see below).
Examples of these past projects include:
Bench at the Bedside