Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland's three largest hospitals will share infrastructure and research to get vital treatments out of the lab and to patients faster. The collaboration is funded by a $64 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. ideastream's Kymberli Hagelberg reports.
Researchers and officials from Case, Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals and MetroHealth Medical Center toasted each other with orange juice on receiving the NIH Clinical and Translational Science award.
Case Medical School Dean Dr. Pamela Davis says the grant will streamline the process of testing new therapies on animals and cells, handle regulatory issues and assure human subject protection.
Pamela Davis: So what we have are central core resources and we are trying to allow any investigator who participates in the CTSA to access any of the CTSA resources.
The process of getting medical advances from the development lab to the hospital faster will also include input from the community, says MetroHealth medical center's Dr. Ash Sehgal.
Ash Sehgal: We want to facilitate an encourage a different kind of research where researchers and community members act as equal partners. They jointly decide how the data should be collected and they jointly interpret, disseminate and act on the findings
The Cleveland researchers will become part of a consortium of university and hospital research centers that will include 60 institutions by 2012.
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