Altman Clinical and Translational Research Building Makes Its Debut

New structure will be campus hub for advancing basic science to clinical applications —

Rising above Interstate 5 on the east campus of UC San Diego, the Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute Building (ACTRI) officially opened its doors Friday in a ribbon-cutting ceremony under blue skies.

The new seven-story building of steel, glass and grooved concrete is home to the Clinical and Translational Research Institute (CTRI) at UC San Diego, established in 2010 as part of a national consortium of 60 medical research institutions created to energize bench-to-bedside efforts. … Read the Full Story from the UC San Diego Newsroom

UC Medical Campus Consortium Named Designated Center to Translate Innovations into Improved Health

A consortium of the five University of California medical campuses at UC San Diego, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UCLA and UC San Francisco has been designated a Center for Accelerated Innovations by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI). The designation, among the first of its kind from NHLBI, recognizes the University of California’s potential to translate its leading-edge discoveries into innovative products that benefit patients. … Read the full story from the UCSD Newsroom


Dr. Gary FiresteinGary S. Firestein, MD, chair of the UC BRAID consortium that will oversee the new UC Center for Accelerated Innovations, is dean and associate vice chancellor of translational medicine at UC San Diego Health Sciences

He led UC San Diego’s successful effort to win a Clinical and Translational Science Award in 2010 and is the founding director of the UC San Diego Clinical and Translational Research Institute.

Firestein is professor of medicine and former chief of the Division of Rheumatology, Allergy & Immunology at UC San Diego. He served as division chief from 1998 until he stepped down in 2010 to devote full time to his activities as dean of translational medicine.

In 2011, philanthropists Lisa and Steve Altman made a major gift to the planned Clinical and Translational Research building on the La Jolla campus of UC San Diego Health System. Construction started in early 2013 and the building, named the Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute, is scheduled to open in 2016.

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4th Annual Frontiers of Clinical Investigation Symposium – Metabolism 2009: From Bench to Bedside, October 8-10

Hosted by the UC San Diego Clinical and Translational Research Institute (CTRI) and Nature Medicine, “Metabolism 2009: From Bench to Bedside” will convene as the 4th Annual Frontiers of Clinical Investigation Symposium October 8-10 in La Jolla.
Gary S. Firestein, M.D., is course co-director with Juan Carlos Lopez, Ph.D., editor of Nature magazine.Dr. Firestein, Dean for Translational Medicine at UCSD, is Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology.

Among the other UC San Diego symposium organizers is Jerrold M. Olefsky, M.D. Dr. Olefsky, Associate Dean for Scientific Affairs, is Professor of Medicine in the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism.

Metabolism 2009 will be held at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines. For more information, please visit the Metabolism 2009 website.


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New York Times Health Guide Highlights Dr. Gary Firestein’s Work in Rheumatoid Arthritis

UCSD rheumatologist Dr. Gary S. Firestein is featured in a New York Times profile on current treatment and future research directions for rheumatoid arthritis.

Published in the New York Times Health Guide, the profile describes Dr. Firestein’s pioneering work in the use of tumor necrosis factor (TNF) blockers to treat rheumatoid arthritis.

Gary S. Firestein, M.D., is Professor of Medicine, Chief of the Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology and Dean of Translational Medicine at UCSD.

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Dr. Gary S. Firestein Will Be New Dean for Translational Medicine at UC San Diego

Gary S. Firestein, M.D.Gary S. Firestein, M.D., Professor and Chief in the Division of Rheumatology, Allergy & Immunology, has accepted the position of Dean for Translational Medicine at UC San Diego.Dr. Firestein is founding Director of the UC San Diego Health Sciences Clinical Investigation Institute (CII).

His appointment as Dean for Translational Medicine is effective May 1, 2008, when Gordon Gill, M.D., Professor Emeritus in the Division of Endocrinology & Metabolism, steps down.

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