The UI is a top tier research institution ranking 22nd in NIH funding per faculty member, with four Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigators and 25 members of the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, or American Academy of the Arts and Sciences.  As the state's only academic medical center, the UI enjoys a special trust with Iowans, who have embraced and participated in landmark clinical studies for more than 50 years. The Iowa 500 Study was a 35-year longitudinal study that shaped understanding of the course of mental illness, the Muscatine Heart Study defined cardiovascular risk factors in children, the Established Populations for Epidemiologic Studies of the Elderly Study advanced knowledge of risk factors for functional decline in older adults, and Iowa was the top recruiting site (out of 40 sites nationally) for the Women's Health Initiative, which redefined clinical practice regarding the use of estrogens in postmenopausal women.

This track record and the remarkable stability of Iowa's population provide a fertile ground for integrating research across the lifespan, for engaging patients, communities and other stakeholders in research, for impacting healthcare practices in underserved rural communities, and improving the health of rural populations.

A successful translational research enterprise requires a robust pipeline of scientists and a well-trained professional staff empowered to address the challenges confronting clinical and translational research. The ICTS has established several research cores to help researchers strategically plan their research, assist with training, enlist the appropriate research services, and overcome any administrative obstacles they may face.  

Please click on the menu items on the left to learn more about each core.