The National Institutes of Health said 14 academic health centers will receive a total of $533 million over five years to help researchers reduce the time it takes for laboratory discoveries to become treatments for patients. Located in 11 states, the institutions are the latest to receive funding from the NIHs Clinical and Translational Science Awards program consortium, which is led by the National Center for Research Resources. The consortium is also intended to train the next generation of clinical and translational researchers.
The consortium serves as the bridge in this process that allows researchers to perfect and refine existing treatments through interdisciplinary teams that extend to the clinic and community, NIH Director Elias Zerhouni said in a news release.
In 2006 and 2007, the NIH announced grants for 24 other institutions. The grants support research in the following areas: pediatrics, genetics and genomics, behavioral immunology and infection risk, and outreach into local communities.
Applications for the fourth round of funding for the consortium are due by June 17 and those awards are expected in March 2009, according to the NIH. -- by Jessica Zigmond