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VCU first Virginia institution to join national network of academic research centers
Date:7/14/2010

RICHMOND, Va. (July 14, 2010) Virginia Commonwealth University announced Wednesday it has received a $20 million grant the largest federal award in its history from the National Institutes of Health to become part of a nationwide consortium of research institutions working to turn laboratory discoveries into treatments for patients.

The Clinical and Translational Science Award makes VCU the only academic health center in Virginia to join a national consortium of research centers sponsored by NIH's National Center for Research Resources. This network of academic research institutions accelerates the transformation of laboratory discoveries into treatments for patients, engages communities in clinical research and trains a new generation of clinical and translational researchers.

The NIH announced Wednesday that VCU was among nine institutions selected this year, bringing membership to 55 centers in 28 states and the District of Columbia. When the program is fully implemented, it will support approximately 60 CTSAs across the nation.

"Learning through research is a hallmark of VCU and this award catalyzes VCU's ability to advance the economy of Virginia as one of the major research universities," said Michael Rao, Ph.D., president of VCU and the VCU Health System. "The CTSA award is not only a significant achievement for VCU, but also for Virginia and the country as our research moves from the laboratory to the bedside to save and improve lives."

VCU joins the consortium through its Center for Clinical and Translational Research, or CCTR, a comprehensive matrix center that will support VCU's efforts to strengthen ties with affiliates and community partners to better share resources and respond to community health needs.

"VCU will bring additional talent and expertise to the CTSA consortium in such areas as substance abuse, women's health and rehabilitation science, outreach to communities and systems to share rese
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Contact: Anne Buckley
albuckley@vcu.edu
804-828-6052
Virginia Commonwealth University
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