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NIH awards nearly $23M to University of Chicago for translational research
Date:9/18/2007

next generation of clinical researchers to meet tomorrows health care challenges. The University of Chicago was selected for its expertise in translational research and its eagerness to cross boundaries. The University has a long history of extensive collaborations among faculty from different disciplines, strong and productive relationships with institutional partners such as Argonne National Laboratory and the Illinois Institute of Technology -- which will also be partners in this project -- and robust and expanding community engagement.

"The ambitious, ultimate goals of this program are to train scientists and health care providers at the University and in our community to determine the molecular underpinnings of disease or disease predisposition in any individual patient," said Julian Solway, MD, Walter L. Palmer Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics and principal investigator for this project.

"We intend to develop, test, implement, and make readily available to residents in our community personalized therapies directed toward those underpinnings, which might be different among individual patients, and to do this in a way that is rigorous, valid, efficient, ethical, and respectful of our communitys needs and values."

"The translation of biomedical discovery into effective, deliverable, and personalized therapies for diverse populations with common, complex disorders is a daunting but tremendously important task," said James Madara, MD, Chief Executive Officer of the University of Chicago Medical Center, University Vice President for Medical Affairs, and Dean of the Division of the Biological Sciences and the Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago.

"Few cures for common health problems have emerged from strategies that ignore personalized needs," Madara said. "We believe this reflects not only the complexity of the disease processes but also the extreme heterogeneity of patient popu
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Contact: John Easton
John.Easton@uchospitals.edu
773-702-6241
University of Chicago Medical Center
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