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September 21, 2011

$21M award will speed up application of medical research

The Medical Center has received a $21 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to support programs that focus on breaking down the barriers between research labs and the lives of people.

The Clinical and Translational Science Award enables the Medical Center to continue its work in the field of clinical and translational medicine for another five years. The grant is a renewal of a $40 million award made to the Medical Center in 2006 to create and expand research and education, and to support programs intended to cut the time needed to turn scientific insight into new ways to treat disease.

“Translational medicine is the bridge between new ideas and better health and will have profound implications for both research growth and patient care here in Rochester,” says Bradford Berk, CEO of the Medical Center. “This new grant represents an affirmation of our community’s commitment to invest in biomedical research and recognizes that in order to make significant advances in medicine, institutions need to bring together people with the expertise necessary to help move research from one stage to the next.”

The $21 million grant will support the activity of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute, which was created in 2006 to provide researchers with a comprehensive and integrated set of services, expertise, and resources necessary to carry out all phases of translational research from the point where a new idea is first evaluated in people all the way to its adoption on a community-wide scale. The institute also funds pilot research, oversees new graduate programs in translational medicine, and serves as the nucleus for a coalition of 16 biomedical research centers in upstate New York.

The new grant brings the total support for the institute and its affiliated programs to $65 million. It is also estimated that the institute has played a role in an additional $234 million in research and education grants that have been awarded to researchers at the Medical Center and other institutions over the last five years.

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