ACTS Purpose and Mission 

The Association for Clinical and Translational Science (ACTS) uniquely provides an outstanding platform for enhancing education, research, and public policy related to clinical and translational science. ACTS members consist of leaders, investigators, and trainees from academic medical centers, government, industry, and philanthropy. 

The purpose of ACTS can be broken up into four realms. These four areas of focus are research, education, advocacy, and mentoring.


ACTS supports investigations that continually improve team science, integrating multiple disciplines across the full translational science spectrum: from population based and policy research, through patient oriented and human subject clinical research, to basic discovery. Our goal is to improve the efficiency with which health needs inform research and new therapies reach the public.


ACTS is the academic home for the disciplines of research education, training, and career development for the full spectrum of translational scientists. Through meetings, publications, and collaborative efforts, ACTS will provide a forum for members to develop, implement, and evaluate the impact of research education programs.


ACTS provides a strong voice to advocate for translational science, clinical research, patient oriented research, and research education support. We will engage at the local, state, and federal levels and coordinate efforts with other professional organizations.


ACTS will promote investigations and dissemination of effective models for mentoring future generations of translational scientists. Through collaborative efforts, ACTS will provide a forum for members to share studies, promote best practices, and optimize professional relationships among trainees and mentors.


The Association for Clinical and Translational Science was specifically created to address the needs identified through creation of the CTSA program. As such, the Association's mission is to advance research and education in clinical and translational science so as to improve human health.

The immediate goals of the Association are:

  1. To conduct an annual meeting that focuses on the needs of trainees, junior faculty, and senior scientists; provides a forum for dissemination of new developments in the design and conduct of clinical and translational research; provide a forum for leaders in governmental agencies, the private sector, and philanthropic organizations to provide updates on their programs related to clinical and translational research; and facilitates scientific collaborations and the development of a cultural identity for the discipline through opportunities for social networking.
  2. To articulate a unified voice on public policy and private and governmental funding related to clinical and translational science.

The missions of many different professional societies overlap the mission of the Association for Clinical and Translational Science, and the Association recognizes and respects the contributions that these societies make to advancing the discipline of clinical and translational science. As a result, the Association for Clinical and Translational Science is eager to partner with these societies and join in common cause to advance the field.