South Carolina Clinical and Translational Research Institute (SCTR)
Our vision is to improve health outcomes and quality of life for the population of SC through discoveries translated into evidence-based practice. The South Carolina Clinical and Translational Research Institute (SCTR) is the catalyst for changing the culture of biomedical research, facilitating sharing of resources and expertise, and streamlining research-related processes to bring about large-scale, change in the clinical and translational research efforts in South Carolina.
South Carolina (SC) is a largely rural state with a population of approximately 4.3 million characterized by critical unmet health care needs. Recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention rank SC first in deaths from cerebrovascular disease and in the top 20 for age-adjusted death rates attributable to HIV, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, heart disease, kidney disease, accidents and violent crime. More than 25% of the population of SC is obese or overweight, and more than 22% are smokers. SC is among the most rapidly growing states in the nation, with a high ratio of people who are under-educated, under- or unemployed, and under- or uninsured. SCTR .facilitates the kind of cross-disciplinary research that can provide answers to these complex problems by coordinating expertise and resources throughout the state. SCTR also catalyzes the development of teams of researchers with unique and complimentary perspectives who create and implement effective, culturally sensitive primary and secondary prevention and treatment interventions based on fundamental discoveries.
SCTR has robust collaborations with affiliate members including the University of South Carolina, Health Sciences South Carolina, Clemson University, South Carolina State University, Claflin University, Greenwood Genetics Center, South Carolina Research Authority, and VA Medical Centers to expand innovative research and training activities across the SCTR region. Health Sciences South Carolina is a public/private partnership of the state's largest healthcare systems and three SC research universities (MUSC, USC and Clemson University).
SCTR Annual Reports:
SCTR 2010-2011 Annual Report
SCTR 2009-2010 Annual Report