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Supported by a five-year, $25 million grant from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences of the National Institutes of Health, Frontiers: University of Kansas Clinical and Translational Science Institute is part of a nationwide network of medical research institutions working to speed the research process from scientific discover to patient care. Frontiers supports the spectrum of translational research, from animal health studies to community-based and population health outcomes research. Frontiers recognizes that diverse teams are essential to improve health, and of utmost importance are the partnerships and collaborations with communities, families and individuals. Frontiers is led by Richard J. Barohn, MD, with support from associate director William M. Brooks, PhD.


Mario Castro HeadshotMario Castro, M.D., M.P.H.
Director, Frontiers: University of Kansas Clinical and Translational Science Institute
Chief, Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine
Vice Chair for Clinical and Translational Research
Director, Rainbow Clinical Trials Science Unit
University of Kansas Medical Center

Dr. Castro is the PI Director of Frontiers. In this role, he leads, manages and shapes the strategic direction of the clinical and translational research enterprise throughout the Kansas City region and across the state. His Frontiers responsibilities also include serving as liaison to national committees and collaborating with leaders from all Frontiers institutions. Dr. Castro joined the University of Kansas Medical Center in 2019 after 25 years at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, where he oversaw the asthma and airway translational research unit, which conducted 30 clinical trials at a time. He is currently the Scientific Director of the Rainbow Clinical and Translational Science Unit, the Chief of the Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine Division of the Department of Internal Medicine and is Vice Chair for Clinical and Translational Research at the University of Kansas Medical Center. As a leading clinician in his specialty, Castro has held leadership positions in several national organizations, is a frequent invited lecturer nationwide and has published more than 300 peer-reviewed manuscripts. He has also received many honors, including two awards from the American Lung Association of Eastern Missouri and the CHEST Foundation's Humanitarian Recognition Award.


William Brooks headshotWilliam M. Brooks, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Frontiers: University of Kansas Clinical and Translational Science Institute
Director, Hoglund Brain Imaging Center
Professor, Department of Neurology
University of Kansas Medical Center

Dr. Brooks is the Director of the Hoglund Biomedical Imaging Center at the University of Kansas Medical Center. He joined the faculty at the University of Kansas Medical Center in 2002 where he holds the position of Professor in the Department of Neurology. He is a leader in the field of magnetic resonance imaging and magnetic resonance spectroscopy in a wide range of neurological and psychiatric disorders with a focus on traumatic brain injury, neuropsychiatric syndromes associated with systemic lupus erythematosus, post-traumatic stress disorder and in stroke. His current projects include research into outcomes as measured by magnetic resonance spectroscopy in traumatic brain injury in children and in adults and many grants to look at functional brain imaging and the neurochemistry of the aging brain.


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