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HSC Hosts National NIH Meeting

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – The UNM Health Sciences Center is hosting a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) communications meeting to strategize how best to convey the economic and innovative value in continuing cutting-edge biomedical research; and the importance of maintaining university research infrastructure throughout the U.S.

UNM joined the CTSA consortium of 60 premiere academic medical institutions across the country in 2010 with a $23-million, five-year award to advance scientific health discovery, enhance medical care, produce highly skilled scientists and physicians, and foster research partnerships with industry. Fifty six research institutions including Stanford, Columbia and UCLA will be represented in the CTSA Key Committee Face-to-Face communication meeting this Thursday and Friday, April 4-5, according to CTSA Key Committee Vice Chair Billy Sparks, UNM HSC Executive Director for Communications and Marketing.

The NIH’s Clinical Translational Science Award consortium promotes emphasis on clinical and translational research nationally to facilitate the expansion of clinical research, the training of clinical researchers, and the emergence of community voice in the direction and implementation of clinical research. The CTSA Consortium is funded by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, an arm of the National Institutes of Health.

Unique to UNM’s Clinical and Translational Science Center (CTSC) is the partnership formed between its Health Sciences Center, numerous Mountain West universities, national labs, Indian Health Service and several other vital research contributors locally and regionally. “Our CTSC provides resources and infrastructure to enable investigators to perform ground-breaking clinical research,” reports Dr. Richard Larson, Vice Chancellor for Research at UNM’s Health Sciences Center. “The staff, facilities, and resources of UNM’s CTSC are available to everyone involved in research in the region.”

“Clinical and translational research through UNM’s CTSC will quickly bring new technologies, better patient care, and new therapies to health care providers in New Mexico,” adds Dr. Paul Roth, UNM Chancellor for Health Sciences; Dean, UNM School of Medicine. “UNM’s CTSC promises to generate new medical discoveries, while accelerating adoption of medical advances to our southwestern and rural communities."

For more information on UNM CTSC, visit http://hsc.unm.edu/research/ctsc/. For more information on the NIH’s CTSA, visit https://www.ctsacentral.org/.

Contact: Luke Frank, 272-3322

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