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Young Physicians, Scientists Receive $1.2 Million From Indiana University CTSI For Research, Mentorships


8/12/2010 12:20:48 PM

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute has awarded nearly $1.2 million in funding to 27 promising young physicians and scientists conducting cutting-edge research into diseases such as breast cancer, traumatic brain injury and Alzheimer's disease.

The recipients of the Indiana CTSI 2010-2011 Predoctoral Training Awards and Young Investigator Awards include 20 predoctoral graduate students and seven clinician-scientists at Indiana University, Purdue University and the University of Notre Dame. Funding is provided by the National Institutes of Health and institutional funds from the participating universities.

"These awards support funded time for young scientists to focus on research and get preliminary data for their own NIH or other externally funded grants," said Kurt Kroenke, M.D., professor of medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine and director of the Indiana CTSI Education, Training and Career Development Program. "The awards also facilitate interdisciplinary mentorship from a clinician-investigator and a Ph.D. scientist."

All the recipients are focused on translational research projects that will accelerate the time it takes to turn new laboratory discoveries into new drugs, new treatments or new medical devices that will benefit patients in Indiana and beyond.

"Training the next generation of researchers who are skilled in translating their research into products and interventions that make a real impact on the community is a major goal of the Indiana CTSI," added Anantha Shekhar, M.D., director of the Indiana CTSI.

Topics under investigation by awardees include traumatic brain injury in recent war veterans, lifestyle changes to reduce diabetes risk among African Americans and music-based therapy for children with cancer, as well as diseases such as breast cancer, Alzheimer's disease, HIV/AIDS, cystic fibrosis and multiple sclerosis. All have the potential to become successful nationally funded projects.

The awards also include partial salary support for the young investigators, as well as tuition and fees for required and elective course work, pilot research monies and travel funds. Predoctoral graduate students will receive a full stipend, health insurance, partial coverage of tuition and fees and travel funds.

To view a list of recipients of the Young Investigator Awards go here. A complete list of the Predoctoral Training Award winners can be viewed here.

The Indiana CTSI began in 2008 with an award from the National Center for Research Resources of National Institutes of Health. It is one of 56 similar centers across the United States, and the only such center in Indiana. The initiative combines the resources of Indiana, Purdue and Notre Dame universities, as well as business and government within the state, to accelerate the translation of clinical research projects into new medical breakthroughs and patient treatments in Indiana and beyond.

Media wishing to learn more about the CTSI awards should contact either Rebecca Carl, , at 317-321-1446 or rebcarl@indiana.edu, or Kevin Dryling, CTSI communications specialist, at 317-278-0088 or kfryling@iupui.edu.



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