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NIH to Devote $2.5M to Genomic, Proteomic Premature Birth Research

NEW YORK, June 21 (GenomeWeb News) - The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development will commit $2.5 million in fiscal year 2005 to genomic and proteomic research into premature birth, the NIH said on Friday.


The aim is to create a network for premature birth research, consisting of up to three clinical sites responsible for subject recruitment and specimen collection, an analytical core for genomic and proteomic analyses, and a data management, statistics, and informatics core for data management.


The network will conduct studies using large-scale genomic and proteomic approaches and make the results available in a public database. The aim is to understand the mechanisms responsible for premature birth, the leading cause of infant morbidity and mortality. Approximately 400,000 babies are born prematurely in the US every year.


Applications are due August 20. The RFA can be found here.

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