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UCSF receives $112 million to help translate science into cures
Date:7/18/2011

A UCSF institute aimed at accelerating the pace of translating science into real-life solutions for patients has received $112 million from the National Institutes of Health to expand its work over the next five years.

The UCSF Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) is among 10 institutes nationwide to receive the renewed funding, in recognition of their successes during the first five years of the NIH's Clinical and Translational Science Awards program.

Together, the institutes represent a $498 million renewed commitment on NIH's part to expedite translational research nationwide. UCSF received the largest of the renewal grants and remains the country's second-largest clinical and translational science institute.

The other institutions include Columbia University Medical Center, Mayo Clinic, Oregon Health & Sciences University, Rockefeller University, UC Davis, University of Pennsylvania, University of Pittsburgh, University of Rochester, and Yale University.

"These institutes were the pioneers in this program and are to be commended for the work they have done in bridging the traditional divides between laboratory research and medical practice," said Barbara Alving, MD, director of the NIH's National Center for Research Resources, which administers the CTSA program. "They were tasked with transforming the way their institutions coordinate research to make it more proactive and effective in producing real-world results, and in the process, they have served as innovative models nationwide."

NIH will release a progress report on the program in August, highlighting research that has emerged from UCSF and other institutes in the CTSA consortium.

Promoting Collaboration

The renewal awards validate the success of CTSI and its sister programs in creating a framework for scientists to move beyond the traditional silos of science to collaborate on promising research and find the traini
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Contact: Kristen Bole
kristen.bole@ucsf.edu
415-502-6397
University of California - San Francisco
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