Clinical & Translational Science Institute to host public planning session on April 8

Mar. 31, 2014 College News - The Clinical & Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin (CTSI) will hold a regional strategic planning session on Tuesday, April 8, from 4 -6 p.m. at the Zoofari Conference Center in Milwaukee.

The CTSI combines the expertise, technology, and resources of eight leading healthcare and academic institutions in southeast Wisconsin to create a synergistic biomedical research enterprise aimed at quickly translating research discoveries into new treatments and interventions to improve health.

Members of the CTSI are BloodCenter of Wisconsin, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Froedtert Hospital, Marquette University, the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee School of Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and Zablocki VA Medical Center.  Besides sharing technology and brainpower, the CTSI funds innovative collaborative research between partner institutions and community-based organizations in southeast Wisconsin.

The regional planning session is designed to engage key stakeholders and give the community the opportunity to influence the priorities and direction of research and discovery through the consortium. 

“As a community-focused institution, it is critical that we understand both the interests and the health and wellness needs of the communities that we serve. Translating innovative scientific research into new therapeutic interventions to make Wisconsin a healthier place to live is the ultimate goal,” said Reza Shaker, MD, CTSI Director and the Joseph E. Geenen Professor and Chief of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

The session will begin with a brief presentation explaining the CTSI and its activities, as well as a current look at the strategic planning process.  A meeting facilitator will then lead participants through brainstorming exercises and activities to stimulate discussion and participation.

The session is free and open to all, but an RSVP is requested.

Zoofari Conference Center is located adjacent to the Milwaukee County Zoo at 9715 West Blue Mound Road in Milwaukee.

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