Researchers at Tufts Medical Center Department of Medicine Divisions and Institutes are pioneers in groundbreaking bench research, clinical trials, health disparities research and health policy. Residents are invited to work with faculty on research and scholarly activities and have been able to participate in clinical research studies, medical education projects and quality improvement initiatives. Tufts Medical Center and Tufts University are also associated with The Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI). CTSI is a collaboration of 39 organizations (including multiple hospitals, health plans, industry leaders, community organizations and universities) that intends to create a national consortium to transform how clinical and translational research is conducted throughout the country.
Research is funded by the National Institutes of Health, AHRQ, private foundations, industry and private individuals. Travel funds are available to residents presenting their case studies or research findings at professional or scientific society meetings.
Comparative effectiveness research
Tufts Medical Center is internationally recognized for its work in the field of Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER). Comparative Effectiveness Research is designed to inform health-care decisions by providing evidence on the effectiveness, benefits and harms of different treatment options. The evidence is generated from research studies that compare drugs, medical devices, tests, surgeries or ways to deliver health care. Our CER programs investigate the genetic, social, behavioral and biologic factors that can influence patient outcomes and healthcare decisions. Results from our studies influence and create national health policy and drive better and more cost-effective clinical care. CER represents a major growth opportunity for Tufts Medical Center, and because of our established presence in the field, continue to be well-positioned to take advantage of the significant funding being allocated at the national level for this line of work.
The Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute
The Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), a collaboration of 39 organizations, founded by Tufts Medical Center and Tufts University, is a 5-yr $20M Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) from the National Center for the Advancement of Translational Sciences at NIH. The goal of the CTSA network of grants is to create a national consortium intended to transform how clinical and translational research is conducted throughout the country. Tufts-CTSI reflects a unique emphasis on community in biomedical research and includes multiple hospitals, health plans, industry leaders, community organizations and universities with the ultimate goal of translating research into better health.