Navigation Links
NIH awards major grant to Chicago-based consortium to create center for AIDS research
Date:9/8/2009

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded a consortium of Chicago-based institutions, led by Rush University Medical Center, a five-year, $3.75-million grant to establish a Developmental Center for AIDS Research, creating a comprehensive research infrastructure to spur basic science, clinical studies and translational research in the prevention, detection and treatment of HIV infection and AIDS.

The new center is one of only two in the Midwest the other is in Cleveland, Ohio and was the only developmental center funded this year. NIH has funded 20 such centers at major academic institutions across the country.

The center in Chicago involves investigators from Rush, the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and Cook County Health and Hospitals System, who will collaborate across disciplines and institutions to advance HIV/AIDS research. Chicago ranks sixth among U.S. cities in the number of HIV cases, with approximately 21,000 known infections and another 5,000 presumed infections.

"With this grant, we have an unparalleled opportunity to make Chicago an epicenter for AIDS research, focusing on translational research that takes investigations from bench to bedside, and out to the community, to make a truly significant impact," said Alan Landay, PhD, chairman of immunology and microbiology at Rush, director of the new center, and an internationally recognized expert in immunology and HIV pathogenesis.

The NIH funding will be used to create shared "core" facilities that provide expertise and services to participating laboratories at all three institutions.

Rush will head the administrative and developmental cores, with responsibility for strategic planning and operational management. It will oversee scientific communications and funding for important new areas of research and launch a special outreach effort to share advances with the affected community in Chicago.

The University of Illinois at Chicago will direct the basic science and the social and behavioral sciences cores. The basic science core will provide access to, and training in, state-of-the-art technologies for laboratory investigations in virology, molecular biology, immunology and other areas. The social and behavioral sciences core will support research involving social, behavioral and psychosocial issues and facilitate studies and interventions in local, national and international communities.

"Numerous scientists and community activists in our three institutions have been working largely independently to reduce the scourge of HIV/AIDS. This research initiative will provide opportunities for us to share and build upon our varied expertise and perspectives. I fully expect new prevention and treatment strategies to arise from this exciting collaboration," said Robert Bailey, PhD, professor of epidemiology at the UIC School of Public Health and co-director of the new AIDS research center.

Cook County Health and Hospitals System will direct the clinical core, assisting investigators with clinical and epidemiologic research and facilitating translation of basic science discoveries into the patient care realm. The Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center for the Prevention, Care and Research of Infectious Diseases, a partnership between Rush and Cook County, sees more than 5,000 HIV-infected individuals each year from diverse communities and has extensive expertise in HIV clinical care and clinical research.

"By including Cook County Health and Hospitals System, the outstanding research team brought together by this grant will be able to address issues that increase HIV-associated morbidity and mortality among the disadvantaged minority populations we serve. That is an extremely important mission for the new center," said Dr. Audrey French, director of the clinical core and director of research at Cook County's CORE Center.

The Developmental Center for AIDS Research in Chicago will concentrate its investigations around three themes: HIV and women, with an emphasis on behavior and viral pathogenesis; HIV and aging, including studies of behavioral, cardiovascular, immune system and neurocognitive issues; and HIV and drug abuse, focusing on behavioral questions and neuropharmacology.


'/>"/>

Contact: Sharon Butler
Sharon_Butler@rush.edu
312-942-7816
Rush University Medical Center
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Coverall Honored as Finalist in Six Categories for 2009 Stevie Awards
2. SHPS Wins Nine Healthcare Communication Awards in the 2009 Health Information Awards Program
3. ING Awards $100,000 in Grants to Combat Childhood Obesity
4. Regence Foundation Awards Nearly $250,000 in Grants to Northwest Nonprofits
5. Vigilan Earns Honor in the 2009 Product & Technology Awards Program by Mature Market Resource Center
6. American Chemical Society Awards John R. Engen for Scientific Achievements
7. Nielsen Announces Final Entry Deadline Extension of September 10th for the First-Ever CLIO Healthcare Awards
8. Wellmont Health System Awards Contract to MedQuist for Clinical Documentation Services
9. NIAID Awards New Grant to Expand Studies of Peregrines Anti-PS Antibodies to Treat Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers
10. Ellison Medical Foundation awards more than $1 million to mid-career scientists
11. HBA Global Announces Finalists for the 2009 International Package Design Awards (IPDA)
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/28/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... June 28, 2017 , ... Anyone with a remote control has seen ... can do it, you the flipper will get rich in no time. But what ... wrong things can get for the buyer of a flipped house. An email recently ...
(Date:6/28/2017)... Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) , ... June 28, 2017 ... ... will host a one-day corporate governance program for mid-market executives as a kick-off ... will be held Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017 on the University of Pennsylvania campus, ...
(Date:6/28/2017)... ... 28, 2017 , ... Canadian Zeolite Corp. (the “Company”) (TSX.V: ... study conducted by the University of Saskatchewan in partnership with PotashCorp, Agrium and ... groundwater. As a part of the study, batch adsorption experiments were conducted with ...
(Date:6/28/2017)... ... June 28, 2017 , ... Designers ... to communities in northern Virginia and DC, is announcing a cooperative charity event ... with Alzheimer’s and other disorders that lead to memory impairment. , The Insight ...
(Date:6/27/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... June 27, 2017 , ... ... a cosmetic treatment, according to survey data released today by the American ... Cosmetic Dermatologic Procedures indicates the percentage of consumers considering a cosmetic medical ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/5/2017)... Kohll,s Pharmacy & Homecare is the first distributor of ... . The Raizer is a simple battery operated mobile ... an almost-standing position within a few minutes. The ... and does not require any extra effort besides a ... can operate it, and lightweight and portable so ...
(Date:6/1/2017)... BELL, Pa. , June 1, 2017 ... (PRN) and Veterinarian Recommended Solutions (VRS), and KD Pharma ... investment in Nutriceutical Holdings by KD Pharma Group. KD ... Holdings with the option to acquire the entire company. ... partner in KD. They are committed to growing the ...
(Date:5/30/2017)... TEL AVIV, Israel , May 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ ... clinical stage pharmaceutical Company specializing in the development ... management will present a company overview at three ... The 7th Annual LD Micro Invitational: ... Date:                     ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: