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Awards celebrate clinical research that can improve health and alleviate suffering
Date:4/18/2012

WASHINGTON Ten outstanding clinical research projects from institutions around the country have been selected to receive the inaugural Clinical Research Forum Top 10 Clinical Research Achievement Awards. The winning projects are compelling examples of the scientific innovation that results from the nation's investment in clinical research that can benefit human health and welfare.

Awardees hail from Baylor College of Medicine, the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University, Duke University, Seattle Children's Research Institute/the University of Washington, the University of Cincinnati, the University of Colorado School of Medicine, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Pennsylvania and the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard.

"There's never been a moment that's more optimistic in the history of biology for spectacular breakthroughs to happen, but it will require strategic investment at a most difficult time in our history," said William F. Crowley Jr., M.D., founder and past chairman of the Clinical Research Forum and director of the Clinical Research Program at Massachusetts General Hospital. "But that is what has made America the world leader in biomedical research, and if we're going to retain that we have to continue making these investments."

All published within the last two years, the studies are the latest in a long tradition of notable health advances such as eliminating polio and improving cancer survival rates that were propelled by combined investment in basic science and clinical research. Collectively, the work was funded by a range of federal agencies including the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and the Food and Drug Administration, as well as many foundations and corporations.

"Clinical research is key to our efforts to turn discoveries into health, serving as the bridge between advances in basic scientific
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