Director’s Message


The Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (CICATS) at the University of Connecticut (UConn) primary goals are to identify and support innovative research, train and educate investigators and students for careers in clinical and translational science, provide funding opportunities for novel ideas, curtail health disparities for the betterment of our communities, and provide a wealth of tools and services to investigators for the acquirement of follow-on funding and manuscript submissions.  CICATS is comprised of a partnership that includes regional hospitals, state agencies and community-based organizations to transform and improve the way clinical and translational science is conceived, conducted, and disseminated.

Our main focus is to:

  • Accelerate the process of translating laboratory discoveries into treatments for patients;
  • Increase the pipeline of underrepresented minority students to enter into the field of research and medicine;
  • Address and create solutions related to disparities in health and healthcare;
  • Engage communities in clinical research efforts; and
  • Train a new generation of clinical and translational researchers.

If you have a question or are interested in learning about and accessing our programs and services, please complete our service request form and one of our staff members will be in touch with you within two business days.  Also, become a CICATS member and stay up-to-date on our events, funding opportunities and recent news.

Thank you and welcome to CICATS!

Cato T. Laurencin, M.D., Ph.D.
University Professor
Albert and Wilda Van Dusen Distinguished Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Director, The Raymond and Beverly Sackler Center for Biomedical, Biological, Physical and Engineering Sciences
Director, The Institute for Regenerative Engineering
Chief Executive Officer, Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science at UConn