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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

UAMS awarded $20 million

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The National Institutes of Health has awarded a grant of almost $20 million to UAMS, its largest research grant ever, to help it join a group aimed at speeding research discoveries to patients.

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The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has been awarded nearly $20 million – its largest ever research grant – by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to join an exclusive group of medical institutions nationwide.
 
The Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) from the National Center for Research Resources of the NIH is a highly sought-after grant among institutions that aim to translate basic science discoveries into speedier treatments and cures for patients.
 
The consortium of grantees began in 2006. In 2012, when the program is fully implemented, the consortium will link about 60 institutions with a combined budget of $500 million to energize the discipline of clinical and translational science.
 
“We are extremely honored with the NIH’s investment in the people and facilities that make UAMS such an innovative institution,” said UAMS Chancellor I. Dodd Wilson, M.D. “This is the most significant research grant UAMS has ever received and not only solidifies the standing of UAMS among the country’s elite academic health centers, but also ensures that the important work being done here quickly moves to the bedside to have a tangible impact on Arkansas patients.”
 
The $19.9 million grant will boost the UAMS Center for Clinical and Translational Research, which received prioritized funding from Wilson in May 2008. The center will occupy 24,000 square feet in the old UAMS hospital building that became available when the $198.4 million, 540,000-square-foot new hospital opened in January.
 
“UAMS is well positioned to develop and implement innovative, integrated models for clinical and translational science that can substantially benefit patients, researchers and clinicians throughout our state and region,” said Lawrence Cornett, vice chancellor for research and executive associate dean of the UAMS College of Medicine. “The specific demographics and problems faced by Arkansans present unique research opportunities and resources, and our results will provide a richer picture of public health for the CTSA consortium.”

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