About

The Scripps Translational Science Institute (STSI) aims to replace the status-quo of one-size-fits-all-medicine with individualized health care that is based on the known genetic factors influencing health and disease and that takes advantage of advances in digital technology for real-time health monitoring.

Under the leadership of Eric J. Topol, M.D., one of the world’s premier cardiologists and physician/scientists, STSI has created major programs in both research and education that bridge science with medicine, and academia with industry.

These programs accelerate integration and innovation by emphasizing the three dimensions of translation:

  • Traditional bench to bedside
  • Bedside to bench and back to bedside
  • Bedside to the community and the practice of medicine

Since its founding in 2006 by Scripps Health, STSI has been distinguished by its leadership in translational genomics and for harnessing digital, or wireless, medical technology for health monitoring of individual patients. In addition, it is the only member of the National Institutes of Health’s Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) consortium that is not affiliated with a university.

STSI hybridizes The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI)’s considerable biomedical science expertise with Scripps Health’s exceptional patient care and clinical research. As a translational bridge between the TSRI and Scripps Health, STSI fosters innovative programs and methodology, provides an optimal setting for training and education and accelerates the conduct of studies that will have the greatest potential impact on the practice of health care in the clinic and the community.

In addition to TSRI and Scripps Health, STSI’s participating institutions include a premiere children’s hospital and seven of San Diego’s world-renown biomedical research institutes. STSI’s numerous research collaborations with industry take advantage of the institute’s location in the heart of San Diego’s life sciences cluster.

Eric Topol, MD

We’re in a new era of medicine. It’s one where you can digitize human beings. STSI’s mission is to change medicine, make it more individualized, and we have the tools now today that we never had before.

Eric Topol

Director, Scripps Translational Science Institute

Mission

The mission of the Scripps Translational Science Institute is to accelerate translational and clinical research to impact human health in a meaningful way.

By combining the exceptional lineage of basic and translational science at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) with the highly committed and juxtaposed Scripps Health (SH), the dominant health system in San Diego, STSI has created a unique academic environment to support groundbreaking translational research, education and career development.

The remarkable opportunity to capitalize on particular strengths at Scripps and partnering institutions have led to the development of four over-arching goals of STSI (the 4 “I’s”):

  • Ignite the spirit of discovery of highly-charged interdisciplinary research, coupling translational, clinical and community-based investigation.
  • Inspire trainees and young faculty through innovative curriculum and learning experiences, promoting not only scientific productivity but dedicated translational research and education career paths.
  • Integrate the efforts at TSRI and Scripps Health and partnering institutions in the community by building on existing programs, in the pursuit of unprecedented engagement of the population of San Diego.
  • Infrastructure and informatics buildup to potentiate and accelerate the ambitious needs of the program.

Partners

By combining the exceptional lineage of basic and translational science at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) with the highly committed and juxtaposed Scripps Health (SH), the dominant health system in San Diego, STSI has created a unique academic environment to support groundbreaking translational research, education and career development. Learn more