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U of Cincinnati Lands $22.7M from NCRR

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The University of Cincinnati will use $22.7 million from the National Institutes of Health to start a translational research center that will partner with hospitals in the region to delve into a variety of biomedical science areas including studies that involve proteomics, gene transfer, bioinformatics, imaging, and other applications.

The National Center for Research Resources grant will be spread over five years, and will fund a Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST), which will be a partner in the 39-member NIH-funded Clinical Translational Science Award Consortium.

The center will support the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and will collaborate with the Cincinnati Veterans Affairs Medical Center. It also will focus on coordinating and planning the overall direction of the university's research infrastructure and training opportunities, serving needs of researchers, and fostering career development.

"As part of this national clinical and translational research network, the University of Cincinnati will focus on both pediatric and adult diseases and will increase the breadth of consortium activity throughout the Midwest, bringing research advances into the communities it serves," NCRR Director Barbara Alving said in a statement.

The CTSA consortium began in 2006 and when it is fully implemented in 2012 it will connect approximately 60 centers and have an annual budget of around $500 million.

NCRR said in a release that it plans to award more consortium grants this year and will continue taking application for grants it will award in 2010. More information on the CTSA is available at NCRR's website.

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