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NIH-funded program co-directed by Mailman School of PH faculty to expedite clinical research process

Mailman School of Public Health faculty member Melissa Begg, ScD, has been named co-director of a new Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) program, part of a national consortium focused on innovation, streamlining and expediting clinical research. One of 12 grants awarded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the new center is expected to transform how clinical and translational research is conducted across the nation.

The $54 million award by NIH announced in October 2006, is part of the NIH?s Roadmap for Medical Research, whose goal is to accelerate medical discovery and improve health. The grant, which will establish the Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (CTR), will help re-engineer how research is conducted, from focusing on a single approach to problem-solving to a model characterized by multi-disciplinary teams who collaborate to transform basic discoveries into new treatments for patients. Dr. Begg will serve as co-director of the Irving Institute. Henry Ginsberg, MD, Irving Professor of Medicine, and principal investigator on the grant, will serve as director.

"Effective collaboration and communication are crucial to the research enterprise," said Lee Goldman, MD, MPH, executive vice president of Columbia University and dean of the faculties of health sciences and medicine at Columbia University Medical Center. "The CTSA Award will allow us to enhance the levels of collaboration, integration, and communication among our scientific community. It is vital to ensuring that CUMC continues to lead, to innovate, and to be a valuable partner with like-minded academic health centers now and into the future."

The establishment of the Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research is a first step in improving and restructuring to a more supportive environment for translational research. "The Irving Institute CTR will centralize and expand core resources that are available to clinical rese
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Contact: Stephanie Berger
sb2247@columbia.edu
212-305-4372
Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health
29-Jan-2007


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