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Date:9/23/2009

o explore bold ideas that have the potential to catapult fields forward and speed the translation of research into improved health," according to the NIH.

"Although all programs encourage new approaches to tough research problems, the appeal of (these) programs is that investigators are encouraged to define the challenges to be addressed and to think out of the box while being given substantial resources to test their ideas," said NIH Director Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD.

Collaborating with the Cincinnati Children's researchers are doctors and hospitals from ImproveCareNow, a collaborative improvement network focusing on Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, as well researchers at the University of Chicago, the University of California Los Angeles, University of Vermont, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Science Commons, Lybba and Ursa Logic Corporation.

The research will focus on Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, which affect about 100,000 young people in the United States.

These were chosen because they have so much to gain from the collaborative: rare enough that patients do not have access to a large peer group and clinicians must collaborate across treatment centers to achieve the numbers they require for study; they primarily affect children in early adolescence, a perfect age to engage in Web-enabled innovation; and because they are uncommon, there are few financial incentives for the pharmaceutical industry to conduct studies with the group.

Success already seen

Margolis and Seid already have achieved strong initial success through their involvement in the ImproveCareNow network. ImproveCareNow is one example of a highly successful collaborative network.

ImproveCareNow, which focuses on Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, is a collaboration of 16 hospitals across the country and about 2,500 patients. Using a model for systematically collecting data and sharing it openly, care has imp
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Contact: Thomas McCormally
thomas.mccormally@cchmc.org
513-636-9682
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
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