Clinical Trials Research Alliance (CTRA)

Translational Research

The Clinical Trials Research Alliance recognizes the importance of strong, bi-directional information exchange between clinical research investigators and basic research scientists to foster creative solutions to today’s healthcare problems.

CTRA supports integrating multiple disciplines across the full translational science spectrum: from population-based and policy research, to basic discovery, and through patient-oriented clinical research. Supporting T1through T4 research ensures that health needs are driving basic science and clinical research and enables new therapies to reach the public more effectively.

The CTRA taps the wealth of basic research being conducted within Wright State University, including the Boonshoft School of Medicine, Centers of Excellence, and the Wright State Research Institute.

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Wright State University Basic Research

A Carnegie-classified research university, Wright State is home to nearly 18,000 undergraduate and graduate students and saw more than $90 million in research awards in 2013. Learn more

Wright State University boasts the following colleges conducting basic and clinical science research:

  • Education & Human Services
  • Engineering & Computer Science
  • Nursing & Health
  • Professional Psychology
  • Science & Mathematics

Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine

Within Wright State Unveristy’s Boonshoft School of Medicine include basic science departments located on the Wright State University campus and clinical departments based throughout the community. Learn more

  • Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
  • Community Health
  • Dermatology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Family Medicine
  • Geriatrics
  • Internal Medicine
  • Cardiology
  • Endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology
  • General Internal Medicine
  • Hematology & Oncology
  • Infectious Disease
  • Nephrology
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Pulmonary & Critical care
  • Rheumatology
  • Neurology
  • Neuroscience, Cell Biology & Physiology
  • Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Orthopaedic Surgery, Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Pathology
  • Pediatrics
  • Pharmacology & Toxicology
  • Psychiatry
  • Surgery
  • Burn Surgery
  • General Surgery
  • Otolaryngology
  • Surgical Oncology
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Transplantation
  • Trauma/Emergency Surgery/Critical Care
  • Vascular Surgery

Wright State University Centers of Excellence

  • The Lifespan Health Research Center draws on the strength of the Fels Longitudinal Study, the world’s largest and longest running study of human development, growth, body composition, and aging, and other population-based studies past and present. Learn more
  • The Wright State University & Premier Health Partners Neuroscience Institute speeds the transfer of research discoveries from the laboratory to the bedside, improving the diagnosis and treatment of neurological disorders. Learn more
  • With medicine as its core component, the National Center for Medical Readiness at Calamityville is a one-of-a-kind training facility for medical, public health, public safety, and civilian and military disaster-response decision makers from around the world. Learn more
  • The vision of the Ohio Center of Excellence in Knowledge-Enabled Computing (Kno.e.sis) is to move from computing focused on data or information processing to productive thinking and decision making that reflect the quality of human experience and effectivenessLearn more
  • The Center for Genomics Research’s primary mission is to provide support and core facilities for Wright State research faculty engaged in basic and clinical research in the areas of gene expression, flow cytometry, and genotyping. Learn more
  • The Center for Global Health’s goals are to improve the quality, efficiency, and access to health care by serving the local community and developing national models. Learn more
  • The Center for Interventions, Treatment and Addictions Research (CITAR), is the focal point for substance-abuse related services, academic research, and services research to advance the production, dissemination, and utilization of scientific knowledge and professional technology regarding the epidemiology, consequences, prevention, and treatment of substance abuse. Learn more

Wright State Research Institute Core Research Capabilities

Wright State Research Institute (WSRI) is a highly regarded, fundamentally collaborative department of Wright State University that works with government, industry, medicine, and more to deliver solutions to strategic problems. Learn more

Neuroscience and Medical Imaging

  • Advanced Anatomical & Functional Neuroimaging
  • Functional MRI
  • MR Spectroscopy
  • Diffusion Tensor Imaging
  • High-Resolution 3D Imaging
  • Functional Connectivity Mapping (High-Density EEG & fMRI)
  • Neural & Chemical Correlates of Cognition
  • Dynamic & Adaptive Interfaces for Cyber Security
  • Real-Time Neurofeedback Using fMRI & Functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy
  • Neural Mechanisms of Bias in Decision-Making

Human Factors and Industrial Systems

  • Complex Technology Systems Modeling & Simulation
  • Cognition
  • Computational & Interactive Systems
  • Center for Operator Performance
  • UAS Operators
  • Intelligence Analysts
  • Cyber Defenders

Center for Modeling and Simulation

  • Live/Virtual/Constructive Simulations
  • More than 30 Software Packages Available for Use
  • Library of Existing Models
  • Hands-on Educational Programs
  • International

Wright State Research Institute Community Collaborations

Neuroscience and Medical Imaging (NMI)

The Neuroscience and Medical Imaging (NMI) program is a Dayton-based, Air Force Research Laboratory-sponsored research program with the overall goal of improving warfighter assessment, modeling, and performance enhancement capabilities using advanced biomedical imaging and brain mapping techniques coupled with emerging cognitive augmentation strategies. Learn more

Analyst Test Bed (ATB)

The Analyst Test Bed (ATB) effort is designed to test innovative Processing, Exploitation, and Dissemination (PED) technologies and capabilities within a realistic, multi-intelligence analyst environment that is optimized to deliver to the analyst the most information with the least possible workload.

Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA)

The scope of the Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) program is to conceive, identify, research, develop, quantify, evaluate, demonstrate, and support the transition of single RPA operator/supervisor human performance enhancements to the Air Force operational user community. The human performance enhancement technologies, methods, and techniques support cradle-to-grave research development for: human automation interactions; information integration, visualization, and management; and dynamic telepresence of remote operations.

Aerospace Technology Evaluation and Assessment (ATEA)

The object of the ATEA program is to provide research and engineering for the technical requirements of Air Force Research Laboratory and ASC. By employing and generating state-of-the-art modeling, simulation, and analysis tools, techniques, and flight tests, this program will provide: research, development, demonstration, integration, and transition of new air vehicle technologies and modeling and analysis and evaluation of current and future warfighter needs.

Wright Brothers Institute (WBI)

The Wright Brothers Institute’s Tec^Edge initiative provides innovation capability through its offerings of development workshops, solution forums, and long-term resident team support. Over 8,000 innovators have collaborated at the Tec^Edge environment over the course of nearly 300 collaborative forums. By utilizing knowledge management disciplines, WSRI designed and developed a formal process and set of database tools to measure success of those collaborations through metrics. The reporting system provides metrics in key performance areas to include human capital, collaboration, research innovation, technology development, technology transfer and commercialization, and economic development. Learn more

Tec^Edge Works

Wright State Research Institute (WSRI) is a foundational stakeholder in the Tec^Edge Works facility in Dayton, Ohio. This facility provides a flexible environment for hands-on rapid prototyping and experimentation by government, university, and industry collaborators. It features open high-bays, prototyping equipment, and quick access to the Dayton region’s precision fabrication, manufacturing, and transportation resources. In collaboration with Air Force Research Laboratory and industry partners, WSRI executes Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) research projects at this facility and also provides operational and facilities management support. Learn more

AHEAD: The Alliance for Human Effectiveness and Advancement

AHEAD is an alliance of committed partners from government, academia, and industry working together to support research, development, test and evaluation, and transition of technology to unleash the human performance of the warfighter. Learn more

To learn more about translational research, 

contact Loren Friedman, CTRA Director of Clinical Trials, at (937) 705-1081 or


Last edited on 05/04/2018.