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Date:4/18/2012

understanding and the development of new ways to diagnose, treat, and prevent disease," said NIH Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D. "NIH is a major supporter of clinical research and I am delighted to see this important field get the recognition it so richly deserves."

The projects, which tackled difficult health problems and required extensive collaboration, are remarkable for their bold approaches, innovation and potential for alleviating human suffering. In the area of disease prevention, the winning research has made an impact through prevention of complications after bone marrow transplantation, stroke and potentially fatal bacterial infection of implanted medical devices. New therapies were developed for cystic fibrosis, a chronic form of leukemia and a rare lung condition. And new methods were derived for identifying immune system targets of anti-HIV therapies, reducing HIV transmission through early treatment and identifying risk factors for cardiovascular disease.

The top prize was awarded for findings that early treatment with medications can prevent HIV transmission. This provides solid support for global public health policies on HIV and could help save millions of lives. The work was honored with the Herbert Pardes Clinical Research Excellence Award, named for the former president and chief executive officer of New York-Presbyterian Hospital, a physician who is regarded as a champion and visionary in clinical research.

"The tripartite mission of excellence in research, medical education and patient care unites all scientists in academic medical settings in their pursuit of clinical research that will expand the boundaries of medicine, increase the ability to diagnose, treat and prevent disease, and offer patients and their families hope for the future," Pardes said. "I am delighted to be able to advance this vitally important mission and support clinical researchers as they pursue game-changing medical breakthroughs."'/>"/>

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