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UNLV, Sen. Reid Announce $20 Million NIH grant to support clinical health research
Date:9/18/2013

LAS VEGAS -- The University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) and Nevada Senator Harry Reid announced a five-year, $20.3 million grant awarded to UNLV from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to lead a health research network of 13 universities across the Mountain West. The University of Nevada School of Medicine will partner on the grant.

The Clinical Translational Research Infrastructure Network (CTR-IN) will expand the capacity of partner institutions across seven states to put clinical research into practice to address regional health concerns including access to care, cancer, obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular and infectious diseases.

"This grant will be a game-changer for Nevada and the entire region," said program director Dr. Robert D. Langer, a physician and epidemiologist with more than 25 years of related research experience. Langer holds faculty appointments at UNLV's School of Allied Health Sciences and the University of Nevada School of Medicine.

"We will now have the means to address the unique health needs of people in the Mountain West, which covers one third of the U.S. and faces tremendous healthcare delivery challenges," said Langer. "While we've been successful in building basic science research, until now we've had a tough time building traction for research that can help everyday people. This grant will help us change that."

Partner institutions will share resources and expertise to centralize services for researchers. This will improve research capacity at the institutional level and increase the likelihood for future independent NIH-funded research studies. Services/resources include:

  • Pilot grants of one to two years per award for clinical and translational research.
  • A virtual clinical translational science center hosted at UNLV and tailored to the needs of the 13 partner institutions.
  • Mini-sabbaticals and visiting scholar awards to promote greater collaboration.
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Contact: Tony Allen
tony.allen@unlv.edu
702-895-0893
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Source:Eurekalert

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