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NCRR Awards $171M to New CTSA Centers

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The National Institutes of Health yesterday named seven new institutions that it will fund to join a consortium focused on translating laboratory discoveries into treatments and therapies.

These academic medical centers joining the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) research consortium will receive a total of $171 million over five years from the National Center for Research Resources, bringing the total number of funded centers to 46. The network is working to speed the process that develops lab discoveries into treatments, to engage communities in clinical research, and to train new clinical and translational researchers.

"As the world's largest public funding agency for clinical research, it is imperative that the NIH promote scientific innovation and collaboration," NIH Acting Director Raynard Kington said in a statement. "The CTSA consortium exemplifies this approach by bringing together resources and expertise to translate new research discoveries into tangible benefits for the American people."

The seven new institutions include the Medical University of South Carolina ($19.9 million); Mount Sinai School of Medicine ($34.6 million); New York University School of Medicine ($29.4 million); the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences ($19.9 million); the University of Florida ($25.7 million); the University of Illinois at Chicago ($20 million); and the University of Texas Medical Branch ($21.5 million).

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