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

ugh clinical problems," said NIH Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D. "The opportunities for advancing clinical research have never been better. So, we at NIH look forward to doing everything we can to light up more of these beacons for the millions who look to us for help."

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 improved implantable nanotechniques in the brain to deal with the consequences of stroke. This remarkable clinical research accomplishment will be honored with the Herbert Pardes Clinical Research Excellence Award, named for the executive vice chair of New York-Presbyterian Hospital's Board of Trustees and the hospital's former president and chief executive officer, 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."

The other outstanding research projects include much wider availability of bone marrow transplants in patients with sickle cell, treatment to restore sight in visually impaired people, diagnosis by whole-genome sequencing in prenatal patients, new promise to alleviating paralysis from neurological illnesses via sophisticated prosthetic devices, definition of new genetic loci that presumably cause inflammatory bowel disease and related GI diseases, new treat
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Contact: Cherri McGrew
cherrimcgrew@mac.com
240-515-6068
University of Maryland Medical Center
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