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Rendell Administration Announces Health Research Grants From Tobacco Settlement Funds
Date:2/20/2009

th Carnegie Mellon University, will receive $4.7 million to study new ways to reduce infections caused by A. baumannii, C. difficile, and MRSA in hospitalized patients. The project will assess the health and economic impacts of these novel strategies on the prevention and control of infections caused by these multidrug resistant bacteria. A. baumannii is a severe, difficult-to-treat infection in seriously ill hospitalized patients. C. difficile is resistant to numerous drugs and causes serious infection among patients already on antibiotics.
  • The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), collaborating with the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, Lincoln University and the Philadelphia Public School system, will receive $4.7 million to conduct research aimed at gaining a better understanding of the biological causes of ASD. The studies are based at CHOP's new Center for Autism Research, a collaborative center of emphasis that draws upon faculty and staff at CHOP and Penn in more than ten different disciplines. Researchers will study how recently discovered genes for ASD affect the brain and behavior of children with an ASD, including a study of how genes, brain structure and brain function impact treatment response. Findings from the research project will facilitate the development of more effective tests for diagnosing ASD and will lay the necessary groundwork for major advances in the clinical care of ASD.
  • The University of Pittsburgh, in association with Carnegie Mellon University, will receive $3 million to identify cognitive and genetic mechanisms underlying the abnormal development of brain circuitry associated with ASD. Recent research has demonstrated altered information processing by the brain of persons with autism. Researchers will develop and test a new intervention to enhance thinking capacity and meanin
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