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UC and partners awarded $23 million to transform discoveries into real-world health solutions
Date:4/7/2009

with many research successes. UC faculty and Cincinnati Children's and VA researchers working in the GCRC have been at the forefront of Reye's Syndrome and Gaucher disease, and have used novel medications to treat rare diseases such as lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM) and Fanconi anemia.

"Successes already realized at our NIH-supported clinical research center are strong indicators of what Cincinnati researchers and clinicians will be able to do with continued support and an emphasis on translational research," said Heubi, who leads UC's CTSA effort and the CCTST with Joel Tsevat, MD, professor of medicine and associate dean for clinical and translational research.

Heubi and Tsevat expect to continue what's been started with the CCTST and initiate additional partnerships that can help bring discoveries to application or engage the broader community in clinical and translational research efforts.

"The formation of the CCTST on UC's campus more than three years ago has put us in a unique position to hit the ground running with this CTSA award," says Tsevat. "Beyond serving our Academic Health Center, though, we plan to involve the community in clinical and translational research. Not only will we work to increase enrollment for our clinical studies, but we will also turn to the community for research topics. We envision a bi-directional relationship with the community."

UC's CCTST already offers research support, including study design and biostatistical expertise, individual and institutional training grant preparation assistance, clinical and translational research training, and funding opportunities for junior faculty so that they can develop their research programs and become viable candidates for larger awards from the NIH or other sources.

The CCTST has also helped departments obtain NIH training grants to support fellowship positions. Six of the 22 funded "T32" training grants on campus were obtained with CCTST assista
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