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Penn State receives $27.3 million NIH grant
Date:6/14/2011

nn State CTSI will focus specifically on finding solutions to problems in the areas of children's health, cancer and behavioral health. Using state Tobacco Settlement Funds and other public funding, the CTSI has provided seed money to 42 Penn State research projects that demonstrate real potential for progress in these and other areas of health.

"We have a well-established model of interdisciplinary institutes that support team science across major initiatives involving science -- from gene to protein to population -- to improve people's health," said Daniel Notterman, vice dean for research in the Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State's associate vice dean for health sciences research. "Through our CTSI, and working with public and private community and industry partners, we have a real opportunity to act as an engine that drives research initiatives to better predict, prevent and treat disease in the people we serve."

The CTSA grant supports new or expanded research infrastructure, such as the Bioinformatics Core Group that provides services and expertise as well as expanded computing capabilities for researchers who need to analyze large datasets; the LionShare coordinator services that provide assistance for investigators conducting clinical research studies; and an ethics consultation service that will advise faculty on issues surrounding the use of clinical data, the ethical conduct of research, and data privacy and security.

The grant also supports research faculty and staff salaries and educational programs to encourage students to enter fields related to clinical and translational science. Through the CTSI, Penn State will initiate new degree programs in translational research, where students pursuing graduate degrees in such varied disciplines as nursing, medicine, basic science, informatics or engineering, can receive training in translational research as well. Certificates, master's degree programs, and dual-title Ph.D.
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Contact: Megan W. Manlove
mmanlove@hmc.psu.edu
717-531-8604
Penn State
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