A new era of collaboration began in Milwaukee as the National Institutes of Health awarded a $20 million grant to the Clinical and Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin, representing a consortium of eight Milwaukee institutions dedicated to transforming the biomedical research enterprise in southeast Wisconsin to advance patient care and education.
The five-year Clinical and Translational Science Award is being used to create a borderless, synergistic biomedical research enterprise that will accelerate the translation of research discoveries into new and improved medical treatments. The Medical College coordinates the grant, which is administered through a new academic entity recognized by all partner institutions – the Clinical and Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin.
The eight member organizations are the Medical College, Marquette University, the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE), the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM), the BloodCenter of Wisconsin, Children’s Hospital and Health System, Froedtert Hospital and the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center. The award gives consortium members the opportunity to share each other’s research resources, technology, knowledge and expertise to work toward common goals in health care. Collaborators may seek adjunct faculty appointments at partnering colleges or universities.
The Institute’s research portfolio currently includes more than 140 projects, and over 40 collaborative research studies are already underway, funded through the Medical College’s Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin program.
The Medical College received a perfect score on its award application and was one of only nine grant recipients this year. Fewer than half of all medical schools in the nation have received a Clinical and Translational Science Award since the program’s inception in 2003. Principal investigator for the College’s grant is Reza Shaker, MD, who also directs the Clinical and Translational Science Institute.
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