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Posted at 10:35 AM ET, 07/15/2010

Children's, GWU hospitals get $20M grant

By Washington Post editors

Update, 3:40 p.m.

Representatives at Georgetown University Medical Center informed us that they, along with Howard University, also received $38.2 million Clinical and Translational Sciences award from the National Institutes of Health.

A press release from the Georgetown University Medical Center said the grant money will be used to form the Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational Science (GHUCCTS). The $38.2 million grant will be provided to the universities over five years, beginning July 2010.

In addition, the release said: researchers at both institutions will collaborate with MedStar Health/MedStar Health Research Institute in Hyattsville, Md., Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tenn., and the Washington DC Veteran's Affairs Medical Center to form one of the nation’s largest biomedical and clinical research networks.

Earlier post:
Children's National Medical Center and George Washington University Medical Center have received a $20 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to expand clinical and translational science programs over the next five years.

Officials at Children's said the award is the first of its kind given directly to a children's hospital. They said the new grant will help researchers more quickly translate scientific discoveries made in laboratories into solutions for young patients suffering from diseases.

Officials say families will benefit from new research on afflictions prevalent among children in Washington. They say doctors and scientists will work to develop new treatments and speed up the application of that care.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post editors  | July 15, 2010; 10:35 AM ET
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