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3 new informatics pilot projects to aid clinical and translational scientists nationwide
Date:1/26/2009

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded three contracts for pilot projects to improve informatics support for researchers conducting small- to medium-sized clinical studies. Each of the two-year contracts, which will total up to an estimated $4 million, represents a collaboration among individuals at three or more institutions that receive NIH Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA). Administered by the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), one of the CTSA program goals is to advance collaborations in clinical and translational research by interdisciplinary teams of investigators. These collaborations help enable the translation of rapidly evolving information developed in basic biomedical research into treatments and strategies to improve human health.

Informatics support includes systems that store, process and facilitate the exchange of information. The pilot projects will be led by Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio; University of Washington, Seattle; and Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn.

"These projects, which will build on the existing strong informatics expertise at the institutions, will promote new ways in which to enable researchers to collaborate and communicate across the CTSA consortium and with other partners in their research," said NCRR Director Barbara M. Alving, M.D. "The projects are one important part of a larger effort to achieve the potential of clinical and translational science and reduce the time it takes to develop new treatments for disease."

The Case Western Reserve University project, headed by Susan Redline, M.D., M.P.H. and G.Q. Zhang, Ph.D., includes investigators from the Marshfield Clinic, University of Wisconsin, Madison, and the University of Michigan. This team will develop Physio-MIMI, an informatics infrastructure for collecting, managing and analyzing diverse data types across institutions. Researchers will be able to more effectively and efficie
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Contact: Cindy McConnell
info@ncrr.nih.gov
301-435-0888
NIH/National Center for Research Resources
Source:Eurekalert

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