Improving Human Health
The goal of translational research is to bring an innovative concept—whether it is a drug or device—into the arena of human clinical trials. Our scientists and physicians develop the strategies needed to navigate and facilitate this process. Early ideas and inventions are guided through specialized and comprehensive research programs in order to introduce new therapies to patients and ultimately improve human health.
SCCR accommodates studies at every stage of the development cycle, from early concepts to protocol implementation. Whether a project requires physician specialists to help define a clinical application or highly qualified researchers to carry out a preclinical study, we provide insight and expertise at every step in the research continuum. Our team of interventionalists, surgeons, and pathologists has extensive research experience in advancing products through the regulatory cycle. Once preclinical research is complete, projects can progress with the help of the Cardiovascular Research Foundation’s (CRF) Clinical Trials Center (CTC), which performs core laboratory functions to prepare data for presentation to regulatory agencies.
The Skirball Center sets the stage for applications that will translate into early patient studies and new treatments, resulting in longer, healthier lives.
Our multidisciplinary group of researchers has unparalleled experience in different areas of the cardiovascular field. With a strong background and interest in atherosclerosis research, tissue-device interaction/vascular healing, applied vascular imaging, and regenerative therapies, we test hypotheses and validate concepts in an independent and unbiased fashion.
Physicians come to SCCR for on-site training in a variety of interventional techniques, including percutaneous valve replacement, advanced endovascular imaging, endomyocardial delivery of stem cells, and bifurcation stent placement. We offer an exceptional training facility with spacious conference rooms, a videoconference system, and state-of-the-art catheterization labs and operating rooms. Live video transmissions can be arranged between SCCR and off-site locations.
For early innovators, SCCR serves as a forum for sharing and assessing new ideas with experts and colleagues. Faculty members act as consultants during the early stages of a project, lending expertise, experience, and insight while working directly with the clinical staff to implement efficient and rigorous research programs.