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Children's National Medical Center receives first NIH CTSA given to a children's hospital
Date:7/14/2010

WASHINGTON -- Children's National Medical Center, in partnership with The George Washington University Medical Center, has received a prestigious Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) from the National Center for Research Resources of the National Institutes of Health.

This award, which totals $20 million over five years, is the first CTSA given directly to a children's hospital. The Clinical and Translational Science Institute at Children's National will now join the nationally renowned CTSA consortium, which is composed of institutions that work to transform the local, regional, and national environment to increase the efficiency and speed of clinical and translational research across the country.

Many other CTSA member institutions have research tracks that include pediatric research, but this collaboration will be the first, in the history of the award, to focus specifically on how scientific breakthroughs from the laboratory bench can be brought more quickly and efficiently to the bedsides of young patients locally and around the world. In addition, the institution's close proximity to the nation's capital will bring basic science into community engagement research and health policy applications, making these discoveries accessible for those most in need.

"Both Children's National and The George Washington University have long invested significant resources in investigating and understanding the health needs of the children and families of metropolitan Washington," said Jill Joseph, MD, PhD, principal investigator of the CTSA and Director of the C
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Contact: Jennifer Leischer
jleische@cnmc.org
202-476-4500
Children's National Medical Center
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