About Us

The Clinical & Translational Science Institute (CTSI) facilitates clinical and translational research to improve patient and community health. 

We do this by providing infrastructure, services and training to enable research to be conducted more efficiently, effectively and in new ways. 

To advance our mission, we develop broad coalitions and partnerships at the local, regional and national levels to enable a transformation of the research environment.


Our mission is to accelerate research to improve health. 

Core Values

Respect – Showing respect for faculty, staff, partners and ourselves
Integrity – Always doing the honest, right thing
Diversity – Understanding and embracing the diverse beliefs, needs and expectations of our partners, community and employees
Excellence – What we strive for in everything we do
Professionalism – How we conduct ourselves and our business

We demonstrate these core values by:

  • Providing service and support to the research community 
  • Exhibiting flexibility, innovation and creativity in our work
  • Being a responsive partner

Our Work

Learn more about CTSI's work within the clinical and translational research fields and the diverse network of stakeholders we collaborate with.

Learn more about research at UCSF through the Office of Research website.

We are excited about supporting the UCSF research community in a service-oriented and impactful way.  We work in close partnership with our campus & community partners to ensure that the programs, services, and resources we provide are aligned with the needs of our research teams and the diverse communities that we serve.

Vanessa Jacoby, MD, MAS (she/her)

Director, Clinical and Translational Science Institute
Associate Vice Chancellor for Clinical Research
Professor, Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences​​​​

Vanessa Jacoby CTSI Director