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UTMB gets grant to turn research into treatments

Houston Business Journal — July 14, 2009

The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston has been awarded a five-year, $21.5 million grant by the National Center for Research Resources of the National Institutes of Health.

The Clinical Translational Sciences Award will fund a new initiative aimed at accelerating the process of turning basic biomedical research into clinically useful knowledge and treatments.

UTMB's newly created Institute for Translational Sciences will establish 12 key resources to support research teams working on transforming discoveries into applications.

Dr. Allan Brasier is leading the institute as director and principal investigator for the CTSA.

A training program will also be established for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty interested in conducting translational investigation, and an "academy of mentors" will be created to help faculty develop the skills needed to guide research teams and junior researchers through the world of translational research.

UTMB is collaborating on the bioinformatics component of its CTSA with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.

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