|NIH Awards $75 Million for Research in
Funding Includes New Program to Facilitate Clinical and Translational
The National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), part of the
National Institutes of Health, announced today that it will provide
approximately $75 million over the next five years to support four
institutions via NCRR's Research Centers in Minority Institutions
(RCMIs) program. The RCMI program enhances research capacity and
infrastructure in minority institutions. Three of the four institutions
will receive funding through a new program, the RCMI Infrastructure
for Clinical and Translational Research (RCTR). The fourth grant
establishes a new RCMI center at Xavier University of Louisiana.
The RCTR awards will support clinical and translational research
which focuses on cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic kidney
disease, HIV/AIDS and other conditions that disproportionately
impact minority and other medically underserved populations.
NCRR established the RCTR awards to promote collaborations, leverage
resources, enhance training and career development activities,
and increase the efficiency and speed of translating research advances
to improved health outcomes.
The three institutions receiving RCTR awards are Charles R. Drew
University of Medicine and Science (Los Angeles), Meharry Medical
College (Nashville) and Morehouse School of Medicine (Atlanta).
Each of these institutions will receive approximately $4 million
per year for up to five years.
"The three inaugural RCTR institutions already have an exemplary
record of transforming basic research into positive outcomes at
the doctor's office and in the community," said NCRR Director
Barbara Alving, M.D. "The increased efficiency and partnerships
that come out of the RCTR program will accelerate this progress
to improve the health of minority communities."
The fourth award adds Xavier University as a RCMI institution.
Xavier will receive approximately $2 million per year for five
years to develop a cancer research center. The RCMI funds will
establish core laboratories, provide instrumentation and technical
staff, and fund pilot research projects.
The New Orleans university suffered heavy damage as a result of
Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Along with strengthening Xavier's research
capacity, the RCMI award should assist the ongoing process of rebuilding
To learn more about the RCTR and other RCMI programs activities,
The National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), a part of NIH,
provides laboratory scientists and clinical researchers with the
resources and training they need to understand, detect, treat and
prevent a wide range of diseases. NCRR supports all aspects of
translational and clinical research, connecting researchers, patients
and communities across the nation. For more information, visit www.ncrr.nih.gov.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) — The Nation's
Medical Research Agency — includes 27 Institutes and Centers
and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
It is the primary federal agency for conducting and supporting basic,
clinical and translational medical research, and it investigates
the causes, treatments, and cures for both common and rare diseases.
For more information about NIH and its programs, visit www.nih.gov.
Charles Drew University
Accelerating Excellence in Translational Science
Principal Investigator: Keith C. Norris, M.D.
Meharry Medical College
Meharry Clinical and Translational Research Center
Principal Investigators: Ayman Al-Hendy, M.D., Ph.D. and James E.K.
Hildreth, M.D., Ph.D.
Morehouse School of Medicine
RCMI Infrastructure for Clinical and Translational Research
Principal Investigator: Eve J. Higginbotham, M.D.
Xavier University of Louisiana
Xavier's RCMI Cancer Research Program
Principal Investigator: Gene D'Amour, Ph.D.