What We Do

Center for Clinical Translational Research (CCTR)

Translational research spans the continuum in which research findings from the researcher's lab are moved to the patient's 'bedside' (human) or 'barn' (animal). The Center for Clinical Translational Research (CCTR) wants to make bridging the gap between benchtop and bedside/barn easier by helping researchers conduct clinical animal studies. It does so by facilitating, coordinating and stimulating clinical translational discovery, learning and engagement within the College of Veterinary Medicine and Purdue University. The Center has Purdue and CTSI core facilities for animal pre-clinical and clinical studies, and for histology and image digitization. These laboratories aid researchers with their work on diseases, drugs, biologics and medical devices.

Examples of studies conducted with assistance of the Center 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.

Drug - Chemical substance used in the treatment, cure, prevention, or diagnosis of disease or used to enhance physical or mental well-being.

Medical device - Instrument, apparatus, implant, in vitro reagent, or similar or related article that is used to diagnose, prevent, or treat disease or other conditions.

Biologics - Wide range of products such as vaccines, blood and blood components, allergenics, somatic cells, gene therapy, tissues, and recombinant therapeutic proteins.

Test article - Any food additive, color additive, drug, biological product, electronic product, or medical device for human use subject to regulation under the Public Health Service Act.

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