Friday, July 16, 2010

Children's National Becomes First Children's Hospital to Receive CTSA Award from NIH

Children's National Medical Center, in partnership with the George Washington University Medical Center, has received a prestigious Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) from the National Center for Research Resources of the National Institutes of Health. This award, which totals $20 million over five years, is the first CTSA given directly to a children's hospital. Many other CTSA member institutions have research tracks that include pediatric research, but this collaboration will be the first ever to focus specifically on how scientific breakthroughs can be brought more quickly and efficiently to the care of young patients locally and around the world. In addition, the institution's close proximity to the nation's capital will bring basic science into community engagement research and health policy applications, making these discoveries accessible for those most in need.

Created in 2008 as a partnership between Children’s National Medical Center and the George Washington University, the Clinical and Translational Science Institute focuses on three main areas:
  • Diseases of childhood, such as cancer, birth defects, developmental disabilities, asthma;
  • Childhood diseases that persist into adulthood, or adults living with childhood diseases long term—for example congenital heart disease, cystic fibrosis, and muscular dystrophy; and
  • Diseases of adulthood that begin in childhood and are worsened or develop with age, such as hypertension, type 2 diabetes and obesity.
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