Programs and Initiatives

The Clinical and Translational Science Institute is part of the University of Minnesota's Office of Academic Clinical Affairs, and has five core offices: 

Key initiatives

Our efforts focus on meeting investigators’ needs, and creating an efficient, effective research infrastructure at the University. Here are a few ways we’re doing this:

  • Clinical Data Repository: Houses the electronic medical records of more than 2 million patients, which can be accessed for health-related research, including grant applications, studies, participant recruitment, and more.
  • StudyFinder: A recruitment-focused website that makes it easier than ever for the general public to find and connect with University health studies that need volunteers, to help researchers attract the participants they need for their studies.
  • Research Toolkit: An online resource that houses research tools, templates, information, and guidance from a wide range of sources, to help investigators navigate the University research process.
  • Child health research: An initiative led by Child Health Champion Mark Schleiss, MD, brings together community and University child health researchers to explore opportunities for collaborative research.
  • Rural Health Program: Aims to positively impact the health and well-being of people and communities across the state of Minnesota, and in rural communities across the country.

National collaborations

We regularly team up with other CTSAs to increase the efficiency and speed of clinical and translational research. Highlights of these joint efforts include: