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UCSD, Mass General Receive $32.8M Under NIH Biomedical Informatics Research Network Initiative

NEW YORK, Dec. 8 (GenomeWeb News) - UC San Diego Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital will receive a total of $32.8 million in additional funding from the NIH for biomedical informatics, NIH said today.


The follow-on funding, from the NationalCenter for Research Resources, is part of its Biomedical Informatics Research Network initiative. UCSD will receive $18.8 million over five years, and MGH $14 million over three years.


BIRN involves a consortium of 15 universities and 22 research groups that fosters collaborations in medical science by using information technology innovations. It has three "test bed" projects underway that focus on brain imaging of human neurological disorders and animal models.


With the additional funding for the BIRN consortium, "we hope to provide researchers with networked analysis tools that will greatly advance our knowledge of neurological disorders such as depression, schizophrenia, and Alzheimer's disease," said NCRR director Judith Vaitukaitis in a statement.

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