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Ten Translational Centers Win $498M in Renewed Funding

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Ten research institutes have received a total of $498 million from the National Center for Research Resources to fund the second five-year phase of their Clinical and Translational Science Institutes.

The largest awards in this second round of Clinical and Translational Science Awards funding include a $112 million grant to the University of California, San Francisco; $67.3 million to the University of Pittsburgh; $62.8 million to Mayo Clinic; and $54.8 million to the University of Pennsylvania.

Other research centers receiving the latest round of CTSA funding include Yale University ($45.4 million); Oregon Health & Sciences University ($39.8 million); Columbia University Medical Center ($38.9 million); Rockefeller University ($36.1 million); University of Rochester ($20.7 million); and UC Davis ($20 million).

"These institutes were the pioneers in this program and are to be commended for the work they have done in bridging the traditional divides between laboratory research and medical practice," Barbara Alving, director of the National Center for Research Resources, said in a statement from UCSF.

"They were tasked with transforming the way their institutions coordinate research to make it more proactive and effective in producing real-world results, and in the process, they have served as innovative models nationwide," Alving said.

According to UCSF, the National Institutes of Health plans to release a report on the CTSA program in August that will highlight the research that has sprung from this program.

UCSF said that the CTSA grants have supported the creation of a framework to enable researchers to "move beyond the traditional silos of science to collaborate on promising research and find the training and resources to move those projects ahead."

The university said that at UCSF the funding has enabled the creation of "an extensive network of training and support for researchers to help bridge the gaps between laboratory science, clinical care, and improvements in health."

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