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National awards celebrate clinical research achievements in the US
Date:4/18/2013

Ten of the most outstanding clinical research projects from institutions around the country have been selected to receive the Clinical Research Forum's Annual Top 10 Clinical Research Achievement Awards. Each of these winning projects is a compelling example of the scientific innovation that results from the nation's investment in clinical research that can benefit human health and welfare.

Awardees hail from the Massachusetts General Hospital at Harvard Medical School, Yale School of Medicine, Columbia University, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

"There's never been a moment in the history of biology that's more optimistic for spectacular breakthroughs to happen. However, it will require strategic investments 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. "America is a world leader in biomedical research and if we are to retain that leadership role globally, we have to continue making these national investments."

All published in 2012, these studies are the latest in a long tradition of notable health advances that have occurred through clinical research such as eliminating polio, reducing the mortality of AIDS, 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 Veterans Administration, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, as well as many foundations and corporations.

"These achievements are beacons of hope that show what can be accomplished when our nation's researchers are given the freedom and resources to tackle to
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Contact: Cherri McGrew
cherrimcgrew@mac.com
240-515-6068
University of Maryland Medical Center
Source:Eurekalert

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