Wednesday, July 21, 2010

NIH Expands National Network

Nine institutions have received $255 million over five years to help bridge laboratory discoveries to patient treatments. The funds were awarded as part of the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) program led by the NIH’s National Center for Research Resources (NCRR).

The 2010 CTSAs have expanded into new areas such as New Mexico, Virginia, and the District of Columbia, growing the consortium to 55 member institutions. When the program is fully implemented in 2011, it will support 60 CTSAs.

The nine new institutions to receive funds are:

• Children’s National Medical Center, Washington D.C.—to form a collaboration with a national network of 1200 community health centers on pediatric health issues and urban health disparities
• Georgetown University with Howard University, Washington D.C.—to coordinate a multi-institutional biomedical informatics infrastructure
• Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee—to do research to enhance public health activities
• University of California, Irvine—to create new research tools by looking at new technology including micro devices
• University of California, San Diego—to foster development of novel technology to facilitate research
• University of Massachusetts, Worcester—to develop new therapies and interventions devices based upon new university discoveries
• University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, Albuquerque—to create an incubator to research IT and informatics
• University of Southern California, Los Angeles—to study cutting edge methodologies for data acquisition
• Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond—to do innovative research on substance abuse, women’s health, and rehabilitation science

A sixth and final funding opportunity announcement for CTSAs is available and applications need to be submitted by October 14, 2010 with the awards expected July 2011.

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