Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI)


The translational science represents each stage of research along the path from the biological basis of health and disease to interventions that improve the health of individuals and the public. Researchers face common barriers in translational research that can delay the development of new interventions for patients in need.

Translational science is focused on research involving people. This includes clinical trials, community partnered research, implementation science, and dissemination.Translation describes the process of turning observations in the laboratory, clinic and community into interventions that improve the health of individuals and the public.

There are various CTSI programs across the United States, usually associates with institutions of higher learning

Design Challenge
The CSTI program at the University of Pittsburgh was not utilizing its website in a way that allowed researchers and visitors to find the information they were looking for, A lack of structured content, broken links and no brand identity was detrimental to the the user experience,
UX Process
We explored various content structures based on personas based onresearchers and the public at large, respectively.
The amount of content necessary for researchers to have access to required exploration of a mega menu. The team explored solutions to display this level of information responsively.
Hi-res wireframe displaying large data hierarchy.
Informational vs. Personal
I investigated various content structures for two types of visitors, researcher and non-researcher, to the site based on personas. Researchers (scientists, students, professors, etc.) could find relevant informational content. Non-researchers (general public, advocates, community activists, donors, patients, etc.) could find information about the program and/or how they can get involved.


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