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NIH Expands National Consortium Dedicated to Transforming Clinical and Translational Research

From the "News and Events" webpage of the National Center for Research Resources
(NIH DHHS), on May 29, 2008,

Fourteen academic health centers in 11 states are the latest members of the NIH’s Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) consortium. The institutions receiving new CTSA funding includes[...the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University (New York City)]. Creating a unique network of medical research institutions across the nation, the consortium is working to reduce the time it takes for laboratory discoveries to become treatments for patients and to engage communities in clinical research efforts. It also is fulfilling the critical need to train the next generation of clinical and translational researchers.

Excerpted from the College's CTSA application:

The Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR) is founded on successful inter-dependent programs, comprised of pediatric and adult patient research facilities; core laboratories; and expanded clinical research training programs, including a Ph.D. in clinical investigation. Jointly supported by the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center, the ICTR encourages the development of new methods and approaches to bidirectional clinical and translational research. One focus will be on the improvement of education, training, and mentoring to aid new investigators in navigating the increasingly complex research system, while taking advantage of newly designed and improved biomedical research informatics tools.
The ICTR actively engages the ethnically diverse communities of the Bronx, made up of 1.4 million people, collaborating with regional and affiliated institutions to expand research and training opportunities throughout the Bronx community. The ICTR builds upon existing clinical research programs, such as the Hispanic Community Health Study; on interdisciplinary centers in diabetes, cancer, liver, health disparities, neuroscience, transplantation, and HIV/AIDS; and on an expanding base of translational research faculty in genetics, systems biology, and stem cell research—many of whom are housed in a new state-of-the-art facility. The ICTR will enhance community collaboration and participation in its research, as well as expand and develop partnerships with community organizations in the Bronx. During the past two years, the Clinical and Translational Science Award development process has involved a broad range of faculty from numerous disciplines (including medicine, dentistry, nursing, epidemiology, social work, and biomedical sciences) through these transformative partnerships.

Participating Institutions and Community Partners:
Montefiore Medical Center
The Children's Hospital at Montefiore
Bronx Health Link
Clinical Directors Network
College of New Rochelle School of Nursing
Lehman College, City University of New York
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Beth Israel Medical Center
North Bronx Health Network/Jacobi Medical Center
A fourth funding opportunity announcement for CTSAs is available, calling for the next round of applications to be submitted by June 17, 2008, with the awards expected in March 2009.(3)
(1)http://www.ncrr.nih.gov/news_&_events/ , includes also news on recent research achievements
(2) http://nihroadmap.nih.gov/pdf/NIHRoadmap-FactSheet-Aug06.pdf
see their August 2006 fact sheet, 3 broad themes: new pathways to discovery, research teams of the future, re-engineering the clinical research enterprise. NIH's organizational structure includes its Office of Portfolio Analysis and Strategic Initiatives (OPASI)

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