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

arch information," said Barbara Alving, M.D., director of the NCRR.

"This is a transformational moment for VCU in terms of our status as a research university," said Sheldon Retchin, M.D., vice president for Health Sciences and CEO of the VCU Health System. "This draws on the reputation the university has developed in community-based participatory research and its national reputation for delivery of care to the underserved members of the community," he said.

Through the VCU CCTR, researchers will benefit from centralized management, Web-based data sharing, training and access to a rich array of resources, including biostatistics, ethics, research study and regulatory support. In addition, students can pursue a transdisciplinary education through the center's M.S. and Ph.D. degree programs in clinical and translational science.

"This award will engage academic units across the university in a common purpose," said Jerome F. Strauss III, M.D., Ph.D., dean of the VCU School of Medicine. "Effective translational research requires the combined expertise of multiple disciplines and a culture of collaboration.

"With its outstanding health system and distinguished health and biomedical science-related schools, VCU is uniquely positioned to make significant contributions to the health of all Americans," Strauss said.

John Clore, M.D., associate vice president for clinical research and principal investigator for the grant, said the Center for Clinical and Translational Research at VCU "will train the next generation of clinical investigators to pool medical informatics, genetics, basic science, clinical research together and working with the community to develop a whole new way to do research with a whole new group of investigators that are trained differently, and uniquely, to answer the needs of the 21st century."


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Contact: Anne Buckley
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804-828-6052
Virginia Commonwealth University
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