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GUMC and Oak Ridge National Labs announce unique research partnership
Date:10/23/2008

Washington, DCGeorgetown University Medical Center and Oak Ridge National Laboratory announced today an agreement between the institutions that formalizes their research relationship and will help facilitate additional biomedical researchparticularly in the areas of structural biology, systems genetics, biomarkers, computational biology, and radiation biology.

The Comprehensive Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) signed by the two organizations is designed to make collaboration easier among researchers at the two organizations and is valid for five years.

"We are extremely pleased to be strengthening our collaborative research relationship with Oak Ridge National Laboratories," says Howard Federoff, MD, PhD, executive vice president for health sciences and executive dean of the school of medicine at Georgetown University Medical Center. "ORNL brings to the table supercomputing capabilities that will allow us to analyze, manage, and visualize complex molecular data that is collected at Georgetown. This collaboration brings us one step closer to being able to employ a systems-level approach to health and medicine and improve human health."

Oak Ridge National Laboratory is the Department of Energy's largest science and energy laboratory. Managed since April 2000 by UT-Battelle, ORNL has a staff of more than 4,200, annually hosts about 3,000 guest researchers, and has annual funding exceeding $1.2 billion. As an international leader in a range of scientific areas that support the Department of Energy's mission, ORNL has six major mission roles: neutron science, energy, high-performance computing, systems biology, materials science at the nanoscale, and national security. http://www.ornl.gov/

"We are very pleased to establish this relationship with such an outstanding medical research institution and look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship with Georgetown University Medical Center," says ORNL Director Th
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Contact: Laura Cavender
lsc6@georgetown.edu
202-687-5100
Georgetown University Medical Center
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