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October 09. 2013 9:48PM

Dartmouth’s $18m award will enable it to collaborate in health care innovation

HANOVER — Dartmouth College has been awarded $18 million in the National Institutes of Health’s highly competitive Clinical and Translational Science Award program.

The five-year grant will be supplemented by an additional $20 million from Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine and the Dartmouth-Hitchcock health system, for a total investment of $38 million in translational science at Dartmouth College, the Geisel School, Dartmouth-Hitchcock and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in White River Junction, Vt.

“This $38 million public and institutional investment is a game-changer for Dartmouth. It will transform our capacity to innovate and produce research that makes a difference in people’s health and lives,” Dartmouth President Phil Hanlon said in a statement Monday.

Dr. Alan I. Green, the grant’s principal investigator and director of Dartmouth SYNERGY: The Dartmouth Clinical and Translational Science Institute, which was launched in 2010, said, “Translational research generally refers to taking new discoveries in the laboratory that might have medical uses and bringing them into clinical use and then into practice and general use in community and figuring out what works in a community.”

Translational research also draws from real world medical data to make more laboratory discoveries.

“Translational research in that sense almost becomes a circle,” said Green, a professor and chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at Geisel and at Dartmouth-Hitchcock.

The funding also allows Dartmouth to become the first institution in northern New England to join the Clinical and Translational Science Award Consortium, a nationally prominent network of 60 medical research institutions in 30 states and the District of Columbia.

“There are approximately 60 sites in the county that have been funded to be part of this CTSA national group, and we are now part of it,” Green said.

The funding and collaboration with other institutions will support health care innovation at Dartmouth and accelerate the development of new treatments, using the power of data, emerging technologies and collaboration across disciplines, schools and institutions. “Not every place has the same strengths, and we can share the strengths we have with others.”

mpierce@newstote.com


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