Sparks Selected To Lead National CTSA Committee

May 17, 2011

Billy Sparks, executive director for Communication and Marketing for the Health Sciences Center, will lead the National Institutes of Health’s Clinical & Translational Science Award (CTSA) Key Function Committee Communicating Value Taskforce for the next six months.

The National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) taskforce has a unique focus on using information from evaluation efforts to improve communications. Sparks will help lead the Communicating Value Taskforce through the early stages of developing communications goals and tactics for CTSA centers.

The Health Sciences Center joined the prestigious National Institutes of Health CTSA consortium last summer to accelerate health research findings in New Mexico and the Southwest and quickly convert them into health solutions in clinics across the state. The National Center for Research Resources, an arm of the National Institutes of Health, issued a $23-million, five-year award in July 2010, bringing UNM’s Clinical & Translational Science Center (CTSC) into a 55-member NIH national powerhouse group of biomedical research institutions. UNM’s CTSC focuses on advancing scientific health discovery, enhancing medical care, producing highly skilled scientists and physicians, and fostering research partnerships with industry.

For more information on UNM’s Clinical & Translational Science Center, visit For more information on the NIH’s NCRR, visit

Contact: Luke Frank, 272-3322

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