Center for Translational Neuroscience (CTN) Want
to know how to establish a successful translational research program? See our
"Translational Neuroscience: guide to a successful translational research
program", published by Wiley-Blackwell,describes the steps necessary to design and implement a Center for
Translational Research like the CTN.
The CTN was established in early 2003, as a division of the Department of Neurobiology & Developmental Sciences. Edgar Garcia-Rill, PhD, was appointed as the Director of the CTN. The purpose of the CTN
is to facilitate and integrate research on translational aspects of neuroscience
across UAMS, basically bringing basic neuroscience findings to the bedside.
The CTN is also the research arm of the Jackson T.
Stephens Spine & Neuroscience Institute. The Director of the Spine Institute is
T. Glenn Pait, MD, who is also Clinical Director of the CTN. A highlight of this
program is the Spinal Cord Injury Mobilization Program designed to provide the
most comprehensive therapy program for recovery of movement. Two patented
devices developed at UAMS will form part of this program.
Other advances at the CTN during the last 8 years
include a) the development of a novel treatment for tinnitus that is effective
in a significant (but not all) number of patients, b) the development of a novel
treatment for spatial neglect that eliminates the deficit after a few days, so
far in all patients, c) the development of a promising new treatment for
spasticity, d) the discovery of a novel mechanism for sleep-wake control that
promises to revolutionize the sleep field and provide new avenues in the field
of anesthesia, and e) the development of a State-wide telemedicine program in
neonatology that provides education and consultation to underserved areas that decreased mortality in the lowest birth weight babies. During
that time, we have generated over $22 million in new grants for our
investigators (see "Funding") and published over 300 articles and chapters that would not have been possible without CTN support. Our goal
of bringing clinician scientists back into translational research is beginning
to have a significant impact on the health of our citizens.
Please read our poster entitled:
The CTN: 4 years of
Please view our video (6 min)
entitled: The CTN: from vision to reality