CTN Fig 1The Center for Translational Neuroscience is one of the few NIGMS COBREs that is dedicated to research mostly on humans. The first award was from 2004 to 2009, and the second from 2009 to 2014. During the two funding periods we:

  1. Established 8 Core Facilities: Human Electrophysiology, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, Telemedicine, Animal Electrophysiology, Imaging, Molecular Biology, Behavioral, and Administrative.
  2. Generated >$32 million in new grant support: Including 10 R01 awards, 10 R03/R15/R21 awards, 1 P01 award, and 27 awards from DHHS, CDC, Medicare, Drug companies and Foundations totaling $32,026,315 over 9 years.
  3. Published over 350 articles and chapters: along with a similar number of abstracts and presentations.

CTN-Fig2Our efforts have

  1.  invested almost $4 million in state-ofthe-art equipment that has made our investigators more competitive for grant support,
  2.  allowed a number of investigators to reach independent status, and
  3.  facilitated large scale collaborative awards. We have trained 12 graduate students who received 4 NRSA awards, and a similar number of postdoctoral trainees, along with High School, undergraduate, and medical students.

CTN Figure 3The CTN Telemedicine Core Facility: was set up in 2006, and expanded with two supplements, including a ARRA supplement. The Core runs the Pediatric Physician Learning and Collaborative Education (Peds PLACE) program that involves a weekly educational teleconference in real-time, followed by a consultation hour, across up to 25 neonatal intensive care units facilities that account for >95% of all births in the state (total >40,000/year). Consensus guidelines are developed in collaboration with physicians across the state and are posted in the website for future reference and education. Telenursery is the research arm of PedsPLACE that seeks to decrease mortality, especially among low birth weight babies. Since 2006, the mortality rate in live births has significantly decreased from 8.5/1000 to 7/1000. This Core saves ~60 babies per year, every year from now on.

For more information see http://ctn.uams.edu.