About the Center for Comparative Translational Research

Our Mission

The mission of the Center for Comparative Translational Research is to facilitate, coordinate and stimulate clinical and translational discovery, learning and engagement.

Our Focus

The Center's focus is on comparative medicine and translational research.

The Center is supporting both human and animal translational research. In a human medicine context, the focus is on the translation from rodent models through pre-clinical studies using principles of comparative medicine. In a veterinary context, it spans the entire translational continuum, including the application of research to primary veterinary care settings.

The Center has core facilities for animal pre-clinical and clinical studies, and for histology and image digitization. Examples of studies conducted in the Center facilities are pre-clinical studies of orthopedic devices intended for animal and human use, clinical studies of treatment and prevention of respiratory diseases in horses and animal clinical trials evaluating the treatment of bladder cancer in Scottish Terriers, an animal model of human bladder cancer.

If you want to contact us for more information or would like to know how we can help you meet your research needs, please contact:

Erin R. Lane
Center for Comparative Translational Research
Lynn Hall Rm 1177H
625 Harrison Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907
Email: CTR@purdue.edu
Tel: (765) 496-3487


Comparative Medicine – Branch of medicine focused on similarities and differences between veterinary medicine and human medicine, and between animal species including humans, via animal models of human and animal disease.

Translational Research – A continuum in which research findings from the researcher's lab are moved to the human patient's bedside and community. In a veterinary environment, research findings are moved from a researcher's bench to companion and/or farm animal patients, and their communities. Translational research includes implementing the adoption of best practices in communities as well as evaluation of cost-effectiveness of prevention and treatment strategies.

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