UT Southwestern Lands $28.6 Million Federal Grant

Dr. Robert Toto

UT Southwestern Medical Center has received a $28.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to promote rapid translation of basic laboratory findings into patient care.

The grant will be administered through the Center for Translational Medicine at UT Southwestern. With the award, UT Southwestern joins a national consortium that includes 62 medical research institutions working collaboratively to improve bench-to-bedside translation across the country.

“Advancing a new therapy or medicine from the moment of discovery to the hands of physicians is a significant challenge from a scientific, regulatory, and practical standpoint,” said Dr. Robert Toto, associate dean for clinical and translational research, and director of the Center for Translational Medicine. “Our vision is to better enable investigators to discover, translate, and disseminate new knowledge that improves the prevention, detection, diagnosis, and effective treatment of disease.”

The $28.6 million grant was part of a $79 million package disseminated to 15 institutions nationwide. University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Institute for Integration of Medicine and Science, and University of Texas Medical Branch Institute for Translational Sciences are all previous recipients of similar grants.

“Science and technology are progressing at an unprecedented pace, and the CTSA program—which represents NIH’s largest single investment in clinical research —is helping researchers harness these innovations and deliver improved diagnostics, treatments and cures for disease,” said NIH Director Francis S. Collins, M.D.

As a result of receiving this new funding, clinical and translational researchers will have improved access to new technologies and imaging equipment; assistance for statistical analysis, including analysis of very large data sets; and development of assays to measure biomarkers and metabolites. In addition, the Center will have a centralized repository for tissue specimens that will be made available to researchers.

“UT Southwestern excels in biomedical research across the spectrum of translational science, which makes the medical center a perfect fit for this award,” Toto said. “The best research evolves from the unique collaborations found at academic medical centers, and UT Southwestern is well recognized for its fluent interactions between scientists and clinicians who work in diverse specialties. Doing so is a tradition and principle that the medical center was founded on.”

The other 2013 recipients include:

– Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York City
– Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H.
– Duke University, Durham, N.C.
– Harvard Medical School, Boston
– Indiana University, Indianapolis
– Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore
– Ohio State University, Columbus
– Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, Calif.
– Stanford University, Stanford, Calif.
– Tufts University, Boston
– University of Colorado, Denver
– University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
– University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio
– University of Utah, Salt Lake City

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  • Manuel Martinez-Maldonado

    Congratulations to Bob Toto and the Southwestern team! Outstanding achievement that keeps alive the flame lit by Don Seldin.