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MUSC Earns $20 Million Award From National Institutes of Health
Date:7/14/2009

ter access to top clinical trials and promising new treatments for patients who need them now.

"The CTSA is the vehicle that the NIH is using to shape the future of clinical research, and clinical and translational work are among the highest priorities at the Medical University. We see great opportunities with this new award to build upon our established successes," said MUSC President Ray Greenberg, M.D., Ph.D. "Given the great disparities in health within the population of South Carolina, our focus, appropriately enough, will be on many of the conditions which contribute to these disparities. Our partnerships with colleagues across the state will amplify the impact of what we may have been able to accomplish on our own."

The CTSA not only enables MUSC to play a larger, national role in improving the lives of patients across a spectrum of diseases, but also provides economic opportunities for South Carolina.

Moving forward in an unprecedented economic climate and in addition to jobs created directly from the CTSA, research and clinical success from CTSA will beget more biotechnology transfer and spin-off companies and contributions to the knowledge-based economy taking root in South Carolina.

Perry Halushka, M.D., Ph.D., MUSC College of Graduate Studies dean and CTSA co-principal investigator, played a large role for decades in ground-breaking translational research long before it became a national focus. "The predecessor to this grant, the General Clinical Research Center, had a 35-year history of conducting outstanding clinical and translational research," he said. "With the CTSA grant and SCTR, I see the university building on this tradition and accelerating the process of translating basic science discoveries to improvements in the treatment of patients."

MUSC Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost John Raymond, M.D., said, "I kno
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